Dog Ramps: Why Do You Need One?

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Pet Ramps: Narrowed the Choice Down To Three  

Whether you have a senior dog or a small dog that needs assistance getting up and down from the couch or bed – at some point you may need to consider a ramp. Ordering a pet ramp for the couch for our senior Dachshund required more research then my husband and I expected.

We started by reading two blog post reviews for Solvi’s Pup STEP Plus Pet Stairs and a review on Chewy for the Gen7Pets Conversion Deluxe Wood 3 Step Pet Stair.

You choose two to three sectionals to reach the height of a couch or bed – and get some quick measurements. Most of the ramps came in several pieces that you can put together like puzzles to create the perfect ramp for your home.

Hours went into researching these two brands, and a third, Royal Ramps which we found from a Google and Amazon search. And later went on to read a review on another blogger’s site that we trust! There are important details including whether or not replacement covers were available if we spill and research from Veterinarians about how to prevent long dogs from jumping on the Royal Ramps site.

The ultimate goal? To get our old doxie up to the ottoman without one of us running to his rescue, and based on the below features we placed an order with Royal Ramps.

Final reasons Royal Ramps was the top choice:

  • Bruiser suffers from disc disease and this brand was highly recommended by other pet owners with dogs that had this issue
  • My dogs really do not want to rely on my help when it comes to getting on and off of the couch, and this ramp appeared sturdy enough that I wouldn’t have to worry when leaving the house
  • Rubber grips are another feature called out along with ramps that lie flat – Royal Ramps offered rubber grips.  We opted not to move ahead with the folding feature though as this felt like a step I wouldn’t find convenient.
  • Oyster brown is a color that matches our furniture so a ramp that blends in with the couch and ottoman is criteria I hoped we could meet. They had color options that match most couches.
  • The testimonials from Veterinarians were legitimate based on the research I conducted with my own Vet and tech colleagues.

Five stars: It’s wide enough, sturdy, uses non-slip fabric and can easily be moved from chair to ottoman and upstairs to the bed. The ramp is not only living up to our expectations but removed a lot of anxiety when our doxie would jump to the floor without warning about three times a day! – Check them out!

The work for the bed too!

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There are 13 Comments

  1. Emma says:

    Thanks for the mention 🙂 We have had several different stair options and found these Royal Ramps to be the most useful as they are easy to move around, lightweight, and you can “build” them as you need them. The covers were easy to clean too. Glad you found them and like them! We know those long backs need protection! We are not supposed to jump around here, but my sisters have trouble following that rule at times.

    • Absolutely! Your post inspired me to finally start researching all the options available. I really like how light weight they are since I move them around all the time. Yea I tried to train no jumping and well that didn’t go very well! Thank you!

  2. Cathy Armato says:

    It’s so great that you did this research, Christy! Thanks for pointing out the important features to look for in a ramp for senior dogs.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    • Absolutely! I needed to find a good solution for old Bruisy and it needed to be light enough to move around! I’m glad there were some nuggets in here that are helpful!

  3. Training Ducky to NOT jump would be about as successful as training Donald Trump to stop using Twitter. Well, maybe not THAT bad, but close to it. ? Especially when she gets a case of the zoomies. And, with a hubby who hardily resists anything that might be even slightly inconvenient for him, it makes it impossible to convince him that steps or ramps might be beneficial to Ducky (and our finances) in the long run. So, for now at least, all I can do is keep your post – and Emma’s – in my favorites folder for a later date.

    Shadow likes laying on the couch; but thanks to arthritis, has had trouble getting up onto it the last couple of months. Recently she has stopped trying, which is probably better for her anyway. She pretty much got out of the habit of getting up on the bed when Callie was recovering from her 2nd CCL surgery – she wanted to be close to Callie, not us – so I stopped worrying about that a while ago.

    • Thank you for this! Yea – training them to use a ramp was actually easier than trying to teach them not to jump. Ha your Trump comment made me laugh!!! Just save this for later as I didn’t need one until Bruiser started having a lot of trouble. it’s good that Shadow doesn’t even try and then you have no issues… or fewer. I really appreciate your comment here and think other folks will too!

  4. Jan K says:

    It sounds like you’ve found exactly what you needed, that is so great! We’ve always used steps, since space has been an issue, but I also remember reading Emma’s review and remember thinking how good these sounded, and they seem to take up less space than others.

    • It took so much research! I like the steps too – I wasn’t sure how Bruisy would do with his short legs later on so opted for the ramp style but the steps are awesome! Hope all is well!

  5. Beth says:

    I think when the time comes we’ll opt for a ramp as I think it will be easier on my dogs’ joints.

  6. Joely Smith says:

    Bruiser is so dang adorable!!!
    My Lyla needs these since she is senior and has mobility issues.
    Also we have our granddog Link living with us now and he is a mini doxie.
    Is Bruiser a mini? He looks small but hard to tell in photos.
    Checking our Royal Ramps for sure!
    Thank you for all your investigative work.
    Now I do not have to do it myself.