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How to Choose the Correct Pet Ramp

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Pet owners with senior dogs, as well as pets with certain diseases, will find dog ramps a crucial part of everyday life. From transporting pets to giving them access to stepped indoor or outdoor areas, a pet ramp can dramatically improve quality of life for pets and owners. Here are a few guidelines to help you choose the most appropriate pet ramp for your household:

Portability Style
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Portability Style

Dog ramps come in several styles to make transporting them easier. Folding ramps fold in half for easy storage, assembly and disassembly. Telescope ramps slide into themselves and can be used at any of the adjustable lengths. Since they have no folding points, there is less risk of pinching your fingers.

Length and Width
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Length and Width

For humans, ramps should be at least 12 inches long for every 1 inch in height; however, because dogs are quadrupeds they have a lower center of gravity and are naturally better climbers, so they can handle a slightly steeper incline if you don’t have a lot of space for a pet ramp. On the other hand, longer ramps will be easier for your dog climb. For dogs with hip pain, the gradual incline might make all the difference on their joints.

  • The width of your ramp should be determined by the size of your pet. Toy and small breeds can handle narrow ramps, and medium to large breeds will need a ramp with more girth. The width should be larger than the biggest measurement of your dog’s shoulder or hips.
Material
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Material

Most dog ramps are constructed of either composite or aluminum materials. Composite ramps are lighter and less likely to scratch the paint on your vehicle, however they run the risk of cracking if handled improperly. Aluminum ramps require minimal care, don’t rust or break down if exposed to UV rays and won’t crack if they get bent.

Surface Style
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Surface Style

Select a ramp with a surface that suits your pet’s lifestyle. Ramps are available with surfaces such as rubber, carpet, or grip tape. Ramps with gritted grip tape surfaces provide the best traction, followed by rubber then carpet. Rubber and gripe tape are both convenient in that they are low maintenance, whereas carpet may require cleaning but is more affordable.

Additional Features
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Additional Features

Ramps with side rails can give fearful pets a bit more confidence when climbing up. If you will be moving your pet ramp frequently, models with handles will be easier to transport, and some come with safety release straps to ensure that the ramp won’t fold or slide open as you’re carrying it.

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