23 August, 2009
One of the challenges I most often hear from senior dog owners is the difficulties they have in safely getting their dog in and out of their car, truck or SUV. As dogs get older, jumping up and down not only becomes more difficult, but it can often lead to serious injuries.
Dog ramps are a logical choice to deal with these issues as they offer a safe alternative to letting your aging dog jump and help eliminate the need for dog owners to have to lift their dog themselves. Whether you are trying to help your dog into a vehicle or up on a bed, a dog ramp can assist your older dog by allowing them to safely go up and down from the desired location.
I wanted to show our audience some ramps in action and thanks to one of our customers we were able to do just that. A big thank you goes out to Bridget and her family for allowing me to record the introduction of two dog ramps from Pet Gear to Jake, their senior dog. The reason for the dog ramps is to protect Jake from injury as he likes to jump in and out of their SUV and on and off of their bed. As he gets older his owners have found that he is starting to miss when he jumps and fear that he could seriously injure himself in the process. In this video we watch as Jake gets accustomed to the Pet Gear Tri-Fold ramp for access in and out of their SUV, as well as an indoor ramp to help him climb up onto their bed. Here is what we discovered...
Outdoor Tri-Fold Dog Ramp:
- Widest dog ramp on the market measuring 70” L x 20” W
- The surface offers dogs excellent grip using a tread that retains its grip even if it's raining
- The long length allows you to use this with SUVs and Trucks without creating a steep climb
- The ramp stays nice and secure with extra support provided by the strap and the bottom tread
- While your dog may not take to it right away, with the right amount of coaxing and possibly some delicious dog treats you will find that progess can be made quite quickly.
- Holds dogs up to 200 pounds so perfect for large breeds.
- This dog ramp folds easily to fit in your trunk and comes with a handle for easy carrying.
- SUV's and Trucks can create scary scenarios for your dog especially if you are parked on a slant and the drop down from the back becomes much higher. This dog ramp gives owners peace of mind in knowing their older dog can safely enter and leave the vehicle without straining their joints.
- Dog owners can avoid straining their own backs by not having to lift their dogs in and out of the cars, trucks or SUVs
- This dog ramp can actually be used indoors or outdoors.
- Comes with a removable carpet that makes for easy cleaning.
- Folds flat for easy storage in your car or under a bed.
- This sturdy ramp which weighs only 9 lbs can hold dogs up to 200 lbs.
- Measures 42"L x 16"W which works nicely for bedrooms as you will see in the video
- We discovered that instead of trying to lean it up against the top of the bed it sat very securly in between the mattress and the box spring.
We also tried the indoor ramp with Reggie, the family's young French Bulldog. Reggie is recovering from a broken leg which happened as a result of jumping off the bed and landing on a toy. It was a traumatic experience for dog and humans alike and this indoor dog ramp now gives Reggie a safe and easy way to get up and off the bed...no more jumping means that his owners can stop worrying that he will re-injure himself.
Overall, I would highly recommend that owners of senior dogs, particularly large breeds, seriously consider the use of a dog ramp to help protect their older dog from injury when accessing a vehicle or furniture. Why take the chance of injuring your dog when we have safer options?