Ramps For Dogs
A Benefit To Both Owner And Pet!
Ramps for dogs on the go not only help them get in and out of vehicles, they also provide them with long term protection against wear and tear on their joints and that's something of real value!
Arthritis is a common health issue for our canine friends and it seems to me that if we can do anything to delay or even avoid its onset, it's a worthwhile propositon, both in terms of our pets avoiding pain and us avoiding the resulting vet bills!
That being said, because dogs are so agile in their youth and usually free of joint problems, ramps for dogs are often overlooked as a way to make daily activities more comfortable and protect pets against injury.
If you are reading this page, you probably already know something about the value of pet ramps. So ask
yourself – in fact ask Rover – what’s the best way him to get into a car, van or truck? Does he want to make a leap for it or
have a nice convenient ramp to make the task easier and safer? Your dog might very well answer, or at least be thinking, “You don’t leap into vans or cars, do you?”.
But the fact remains.... just because your dog can jump to access things in high places, doesn’t mean he should!
Our dogs come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and health condition and depend on us throughout their lives to look out for
their comfort, well-being and safety.
Be Smart - Use Pet Ramps While They're Young
Many dog breeds are prone to hip problems and studies have shown that it is
easy for a dog to sustain injury from jumping. If owners familiarize their furry companions with the use of
ramps for dogs
from a young age, their pets will have the advantage of life-long protection from potential
injury. They will also have the mobility to go everywhere with you - and that is a real plus!
Bottom line...it’s a good practice for pet owners to provide dog ramps
so that dogs don't have to jump into vehicles or onto furniture and risk injury. Want more convincing?
OK, here are a few beneficial reasons to consider having dog ramps or steps available for your pet:
Booster Bath And Steps
- To provide assistance to a pet that is slowing down and feeling the effects of old age, or is recovering from an illness.
- Getting into a raised dog bath or onto a grooming table.
- To ease the pain of a dog that is arthritic or overweight, but still wants to get around and be involved with you.
Ramps For Dogs - Everyday Uses:
- Getting in and out of vehicles especially SUVs, trucks, motor homes, trailers or just a regular car when it comes to small dogs.
- Getting onto the couch or bed – yes some spoiled dogs are allowed on the furniture!
- Getting onto "their very own" spoiled doggie couch.
- Help for a dog that likes looking out the windows to check up on your neighbors.
Let's get down to the nitty gritty...
- Getting on/off boats at mooring site where the water may be deep.
- Flotation safety devices for pools – some pet ramps convert to multiple uses.
First and foremost decide which assistance your
dog needs: ramps for dogs or steps for dogs, or both. If your pet is arthritic, consider which will be the easiest
for him to navigate. Pet ramps are available with different features. Many are adjustable – telescoping.
Some can be used for both indoor and outdoor uses. Surfaces include rubberized and carpeted tread.
Indoor pet ramps and doggie steps are available with different slope grades, number of risers, and different widths to
suit your dog and the intended purpose. Many are designed to fit in with your décor. Some are carpeted, some plastic,
some are made with solid furniture grade wood. You can choose according to your dog’s needs and your budget.
Ramps For Dogs - Features to Evaluate:
- How easy are the ramps to adjust, assemble, set up and store?
- What is the weight tolerance - it is sturdy enough for your pet?
- Safety – are the pet steps well stabilized and secure? No wobbly platforms.
- Does the dog ramp have a non-slip tread for bad weather or when wet, or stay-put
- What will be the primary use – choose a product to fit the purpose whether for indoor or outdoor use.
Finally, do yourself and your back a favor – lifting a dog frequently can put a strain on you too.
Seriously consider the advantages of ramps for dogs, or if your dog pal is smaller, steps for dogs might be another option depending on the useyou have in mind.
Either way, everyone will benefit.
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Ramps For Dogs