Sharing our lives with a beloved canine is a wonderful privilege. Dogs bring us so much joy and are truly one of the family. However, sometimes they experience health problems, and, or inevitably get old.
Senior dogs can start to slow down and develop mobility issues such as arthritis and other joint problems. As dogs age it’s important to try to maintain a healthy weight as obese dogs can experience more pain due to heaviness on the joints.
If you notice your dog limping, or struggling to walk or play, it’s crucial you get them checked out by a vet who will be able to diagnose their condition. They will likely take an X-ray to identify the extent of the problem.
If your dog has developed some mobility issues, you should take some steps to make moving around easier for them. If you take them in a car, they might be struggling to jump in and out. Thankfully, there are lots of car ramps on the market to help your furry friend get in and out of the car without pain. Let’s look at some of the best ones and their features.
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This strong and sturdy ramp is at the higher end of the price range but ideal for bigger dogs and is made from super strong plastic. It’s easy to carry at 9.9lbs and has scratch resistant material. It can be used for the car as well as boats and pools.
The surface has a non-slip coating for secure transition. The sides of the ramp raise up providing extra security. The material is easily cleaned, so no problem after a muddy woodland walk. The ramp can hold most dog breeds and is available in several sizes, easily holding dogs up to 200lbs.
Reviews for this ramp are good with many commenting on its stability and usefulness for large dogs, saving backbreaking lifting.
- Easy to clean
- Suitable for all sizes
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This stair shaped ramp is perfectly transportable. Fully foldable, the ramps close easily meaning you’re also able to adjust the height depending on your dog’s needs.
The material is non-toxic and fully pet friendly, designed to last. The rubber grips ensure your pet won’t slip, whatever their size. It also comes equipped with a safety fastener that attaches to the tailgate of the car for extra security. The ramp is easy to clean, requiring just a small amount of soap and water.
The ramps are affordable at $53.99, cheaper than the previous option. The ramp is designed to help limit the pet’s knee movement and reduce discomfort, and is also suitable for dogs with shorter legs.
Reviews are mixed, with many commenting on its sturdy feel with concern over some fixtures not securing properly. There were also some comments on the ramp being too narrow for bigger dogs.
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The cheapest ramp so far, the BreeRainz supports dog sizes up to 165lbs. It benefits from non-slip surface and raised sides, as well as rubber feet and locking buckles. It’s rustproof with a solid aluminum connector.
The ramp is easy to fold and store with a locking safety latch. It weighs only 11lb, meaning it’s super easy to carry and won’t put strain on the back when carrying. A great choice if you regularly travel with your canine friend.
Reviews are mixed, with some saying the anti slip feature doesn’t work effectively.
- Can be slippery
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This mini ramp option is ideal for smaller or medium size dogs. Super easy to handle and benefits form a very soft surface that’s comfortable for sensitive pet paws.
The ramp is sturdy with rubber grips at the bottom for stability. The ramp can be used for all car types including vans and SUVs.
The removable tread means the ramps are easy to clean. In addition, the ramp folds in half and has an integrated carry handle for easy transportation.
Reviews are positive and many buyers comment on the high quality of the ramp. Some comment on its heaviness and isn’t ideal if suffering from any sort of back problems.
- Soft surface
- Removable tread
- Rubber grips
- Can be heavy for some
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The Downtown ramp is perfect for any size dog and has a hinge that is strong and can take weight up to 150lbs. It’s made from reinforced plastic and is built to last.
The ramp folds easily and has a convenient carry handle. Furthermore, it has a lock that ensures it stays compact when not in use.
The ramp benefits from a grass turf that encourages pets to walk on it, especially useful for fussy dogs that get nervous walking on unfamiliar surfaces. It also offers horizontal rubber grips for those that prefer a non grass surface.
The raised rails and non-slip feet offer the ultimate in safety and are ideal for any vehicle type.
Reviews are mixed for this product. Many positive comments relate to the size of the ramp being good for tall vehicles and smaller dogs learning to use the ramp swiftly. Most negative reviews are around the difficulty getting a replacement for products that were broken or had missing parts.
- Grass surface
- Compact and portable
- Can be slippery
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This super cheap ramp at under $40 is made of tough plastic and is easy to clean. It can be used indoors or for getting in and out of the car.
Side ramps protect your dog from falling sideways, ideal if they have mobility and balance problems. The ramp contains non-slip foam pads to avoid damage to inside floors.
Collapsible and foldable, the ramp is easy to store in the house or car.
Reviews are mostly good, with many buyers saying the steps aren’t great for bigger dogs.
- Easy to clean
- Easy to store
- Not suitable for very big dogs
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This mid-price option has been designed for smaller dogs. With only two steps, it helps dogs get in and out of small cars. It’s been created with the ideal step height to protect the dog’s joints.
The steps fold up compactly and can be stored under the bed or boot of the car, occupying only a small space. In addition, the steps weigh only 6.4 pounds, so it’s easy to carry. The frame is made from pine and has been treated to ensure a smooth surface. The ramp is ready to go as soon as it’s unpacked.
The steps also benefit from a carpet surface that helps with the pet’s grip and helps them avoid slipping.
- Perfect for small dogs
- Compact and light
- Carpet surface
- Not for big dogs
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The Gen7pets ramps are designed with a natural surface, making it a soft and secure way for dogs to get into vars. Even puppies with fragile paws can comfortably use the ramp without injury to paws or slipping.
The ramp is easy to store and can be used indoors or outdoors, and fits snugly into a small space and folds and locks. The soft handles make it easy to carry and take anywhere. The ramp can hold weight up to 200lbs, so is a good choice for small and large dogs.
Reviews are good for this product with buyers commenting on it being easy for dogs to get used to, however some mentioned the difficulty with folding as the ramp is quite heavy.
- Natural surface
- Easy to store
- Good for large dogs
- Quite heavy
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The Kurdo ramp has been designed specifically for pets suffering with arthritis, dysplasia and joint problems. Created to reduce stress on joints when entering the ramp, it offers a comfortable and smooth transition into a car.
The ramps weigh only 10lb, so it is easy to move and fold. Very easy to set up, simply open the locking mechanism and place it on the car. The rubber feet should be placed on the floor securely to avoid movement.
Great reviews accompany this ramp, with many happy customers. Most mention how easy it was for their dogs to use, but most mention it being a touch too steep for older dogs.
- Ideal for specific ailments
- Secure locking mechanism
- Quite steep
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This freestanding ramp has a soft SuperTrax tread that is soft on dog’s paws and easily removed for cleaning.
The ramp doesn’t need placing on vehicles and fully supports itself. The raised sides prevent slipping and are easily foldable. Just like the others, it benefits from rubber feet that provide extra security. The ramp can hold dogs up to 200lb.
- Removable surface
- Good for large dogs
With such a wide selection of dog ramps on the market, it can be challenging deciding which one is best for your dog, so we’ve put together this guide to give you an idea of what to look for.
The size of the ramp will be largely dependent on both your dog and the car you’ll be using the ramp with. In addition, you need to think about the ailments your pooch is suffering with.
If you buy a shorter ramp, it’s easy to store and more portable but will be steeper so may not be the best choice for dogs with severe mobility issues. A longer ramp will reduce the incline but may be tricky to store when not in use.
If you have a big dog, you should also consider the width of the ramp. A wide ramp will encourage a large dog to walk confidently up it, whilst a smaller one may be challenging for your canine to use. Ideally the incline should be 18-35 degrees.
Most ramps are made of durable material such as plastic, metal, or wood. Plastic ramps are easier to move and handle and ideal for smaller dogs. Metal and wood are highly durable and better for larger dogs, although they can be cumbersome to move.
The surface of the ramp is crucial to avoid any damage or injury to your dog. If a surface is slippery your dog will either refuse to walk on it or struggle to stay upright, risking injury. Be sure to check material details of the product and lookout for any anti – slip properties such as rubber, grass, treated plastic and anti grip tape.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are stairs or ramps better ?
Both options work well for helping your dog get in and out of the car. Stairs tend to be easier for dogs to negotiate, especially if they use stairs in the home. Stairs can come with storage options underneath and tend to collapse easily. However, ramps can fit into small spaces better and are easy to store in car boots etc.
Will my dog use a ramp easily?
If you have a confident dog it’s unlikely you’ll have trouble getting them to use the ramp, however if he is of a nervous disposition it may take some training before they will embrace the ramp. It’s advisable to use treats or praise to encourage them to step on the ramp initially. Positive reinforcement usually works well.
Pet ramps are a great investment and can save a lot of pain and discomfort on your precious canine friend.