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Top 10 Pet Ramps 2017

If your dog is a hint too small to climb onto higher surfaces, or is getting a touch lengthy in the tooth and needs some help stepping into and out of the car, one of these pet ramps will give him or her just the help had to live independent. Every ramp is distinctive, a few more secure than others with gripped surfaces and reflective tape, even as others are simpler to set up and lighter to carry.

Heininger 3052 PortablePET Twistep Dog Hitch StepPet Studio 3 Step Metro RampSteps ToyPetSTEP Original Folding Pet Ramp, Khaki/BeigePetSafe Solvit Deluxe Telescoping Pet Ramp, X-Large, 47 in. - 87 in., Portable Lightweight Aluminum Dog and Cat RampSnoozer Scalloped Pet Ramp, Medium, CamelGen7Pets Natural Step Ramp for PetsPetSafe Solvit PupSTEP Plus Pet Stairs, Foldable Steps for Dogs and Cats, Best for Small to Medium PetsPet Gear Tri-Fold Ramp 71 inch Extra Wide Pet Ramp Holds 200LBS, Black/Yellow(Reflective) Extra WidePetSafe Solvit Mr. Herzher’s Smart Ramp, Telescopes from 41.5 in. - 70 in., Portable Lightweight Dog and Cat RampPet Gear Free Standing Extra Wide Pet Ramp for Cats and Dogs Up to 300-Pounds, Chocolate

Up Goes The Animal

I was desperate to get a dog by the time I entered high school. Mine had always been a cat family, and I was a moderately lonely kid who thought the companionship a dog could offer would fill a bit of the void I felt those days. After plenty of convincing and saving, I finally got my way, and a little beagle made his way into our home.

>In many ways, the dog was incredibly smart. In other ways, he could mystify you with his stupidity. During one tantrum, he fell off the back of the couch and hurt one of his knees. Unfortunately, he needed surgery. In many such cases, dogs rely so heavily on the healthy leg, that it eventually succumbs to some similar injury. In two years' time, my little guy underwent two surgeries, one on each ACL.

After that, his mobility was stunted at best. He'd run around if his adrenaline got the better of him, but he'd regret it later, limping around the house like an invalid. In very short order, we found ourselves the proud owners of a handful of ramps and stairs for him to get in and out of cars, or up onto his chair.

Whether you have a pet with an injury or the lingering after-effects of one, or your animal companion is simply getting a little too old or arthritic to climb and jump the way he or she used to, these ramps provide a safe means of transportation from one level to the next. If it's simply a matter of a height too high to jump for even the healthiest of creatures, the fact still holds that these ramps will get your furry friend into a car or onto a couch without worry.

Ramp Up The Decision


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Pets are pretty diverse creatures. I always found it strange when friends of mine would have a lot of different animals of different sizes living with them. One couple I've known for years has a chihuahua, a great Dane, a pair of turtles, some cats, and a chinchilla. At least, I think it's a chinchilla. Whatever it is, it bathes in a cloud of dust that they drop into his cage like a dirty bomb.

Whatever the size or style of your pets, keeping them safe is your number one priority, and choosing the right ramp for them can help you out tremendously to that end. Of course, the size of your pet will have a little bearing on the size of the ramp you need.

Given the different kinds of ramps on our list, it's also important to consider where and how you want to use the ramp in question. There are ramps on our list that are clearly intended for use in your car. They're the sturdiest ramps on our list, and they often provide a long gradual slope from the ground into your trunk area or back seat.

Other of the ramps on our list are actually stairs more than they're ramps. While one or two of these might serve for getting a small dog into a small car, the bulk of them are designed for use in the home, to allow your pets easy access onto a couch or into the bed with you.

For the cleanliness of your car and your house, I would actually recommend considering one of each type. You can keep the longer, sturdier ramp in the car for Fido, and he'll be free to get as much mud or debris on it as he wishes without you tracking it into the house for use there. In your living room, you can have a dedicated set of stairs that dogs and cats–and chinchillas–can all use for their convenience.

Climbing Toward The Commode


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When I was a cub scout, we learned about simple machines. By definition, a simple machine is any basic mechanical device for the application of force, and there are six of them. You've got the screw, the wheel and axle, the wedge, the pulley, the lever, and the inclined plane. We're most concerned with that last one, as it's the fancy technical term for a ramp.

If you believe that the pyramids were built by aliens, you're welcome to skip to the next paragraph. For the rest of us, the magnificent achievement of the pyramids could not have been realized without the use of certain simple machines, most notably the pulley and the inclined plane. Also, slave labor. We don't want to discount that.

Interestingly, it wasn't until the Renaissance that the inclined plane earned its classification among the other five simple machines. It's understandable in the sense that it doesn't seem very much like a machine, but its effectiveness in reducing a workload is undeniable.

The first legally recognized inclined plane for the transportation of an animal wasn't so much aimed at pets as it was at livestock. For ages, simple planks of wood served this purpose, but E. Burkart filed for a patent in 1972 that describes a collapsible livestock chute, which was essentially a wooden ramp with frets along its surface for the animals to grip as they ascended and descended into and out of trucks.

When the device was aimed at pets, its original intent was to position a dog at the lip of a human toilet in an attempt to train him towards its use. The toilet part didn't stick, but the pet ramp as we know it was born.


#10.Pet Gear Free Standing Extra Wide Pet Ramp for Cats and Dogs Up to 300-Pounds, Chocolate


Pet Gear Free Standing Extra Wide Pet Ramp allows your dog easy access to your vehicle or other hard to reach places. Carpet tread provides sure-footing and is removable for easy cleaning. It has rubberized bottom grippers for secure placement and has raised edges to help prevent pets from slipping off the side. Easy to fold for compact storage. Suitable for pets up to 300-Pounds.


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#9.PetSafe Solvit Mr. Herzher’s Smart Ramp, Telescopes from 41.5 in. - 70 in., Portable Lightweight Dog and Cat Ramp


The PetSafe Solvit Mr. Herzher’s Smart Ramp is perfect for helping your pet into a car, SUV, truck, boat or bed and is a great alternative to pet stairs. This ramp telescopes from 41.5 in. to 70 in. in length to help your pet access a variety of heights. The rigid rail frame provides support with high profile rails in contrasting color to help your pet feel secure, and the Shur-Foot tread material gives your pet traction while climbing. The Smart Ramp supports up to 300 lb. and weighs a mere 16 lb. making it great for transporting.


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#8.Pet Gear Tri-Fold Ramp 71 inch Extra Wide Pet Ramp Holds 200LBS, Black/Yellow(Reflective) Extra Wide


The Pet Gear Reflective Pet Ramp helps your dog maintain confidence when gaining access to your vehicle or other hard to reach places. The ramp's surface features highly visible, reflective material that aids in guiding your pet up and down the extra wide ramp. The tread is skid-resistant, even when wet, keeping your pet steady. Side reflectors maximize safety by increasing the ramp's visibility when in use. Rubber grippers on the bottom of the ramp help it maintain a stable position. The folding design reduces storage space at home or on the go and the carry handle facilitates easy transportation.


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#7.PetSafe Solvit PupSTEP Plus Pet Stairs, Foldable Steps for Dogs and Cats, Best for Small to Medium Pets


The PetSafe Solvit PupSTEP Plus Pet Stairs are the perfect way to help pets reach their favorite places! These stairs provide easy access to beds, couches, window sills and more. The PetSafe Solvit PupSTEP Plus Pet Stairs are durable enough to hold over 120 lb. but weigh just 5 lb. The side rails and non-skid feet help pets feel secure when using the stairs. The PetSafe Solvit Pup STEP Plus Pet Stairs make life more comfortable for older pets, smaller pets and pets recovering from illness or injury.


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#6.Gen7Pets Natural Step Ramp for Pets


Getting in and out of a vehicle can become very difficult for a pet as it ages, which is why the Gen7Pets Natural-Step Ramp is so important. When a dog is going up a hill, the tendency is to use its nails to get an additional grip. The Natural-Step Ramp with Poly-Grass allows the dog to get a grip and feel secure while walking up a soft surface that will not scratch its paw pads. The grass is also soft to the touch for the pet parent and will not scuff or scratch interiors of a vehicle.


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#5.Snoozer Scalloped Pet Ramp, Medium, Camel


The Snoozer Scalloped Pet Stairs is the perfect solution for any pet who needs help getting up on to furniture or into cars. This pet ramp is built with high-density foam and a wide 21 base gives it great stability. This makes this Snoozer dog and pet stairs ideal for supporting larger, heavier dogs up to a 100 lbs. Its lightweight high strength foam construction also makes it easily maneuverable. This specially designed scalloped dog steps comes in three different sizes, so you can be sure to find exactly the right size for your pet.


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#4.PetSafe Solvit Deluxe Telescoping Pet Ramp, X-Large, 47 in. - 87 in., Portable Lightweight Aluminum Dog and Cat Ramp


The PetSafe Solvit Deluxe Telescoping Pet Ramp is perfect for helping your pet into a car, SUV, truck, boat or bed and is a great alternative to pet stairs. This X-Large model is 3 in. wider and 15 in. longer than our standard Deluxe Telescoping Ramp. The extra size is especially great for larger dog breeds and provides a gentler climbing angle and extra walking space to help your pet reach those high places with confidence. Its combination aluminum and plastic construction make it strong yet lightweight for easy portability.


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#3.PetSTEP Original Folding Pet Ramp, Khaki/Beige


The PetSTEP ramp has a soft non-slip ridged rubber surface not found on other ramps. It's soft on paws and provides superior wet or dry traction. The ramp opens and closes with ease. The advanced plastic and fiberglass material is strong. It's only 18.5lbs and has cut-out handles for ease of transport. The heavy-duty rubber grips at each end keep the ramp in place during use. Easily washable with soap and water. No sandpaper to irritate paws or carpeting to trap moisture.


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#2.Pet Studio 3 Step Metro RampSteps Toy


Purchased 3 other ramps/step sets prior to these stairs to help my tripod dog climb into my car - nothing worked. Could not get him to use a ramp or another set of stairs that were smaller with a deeper pitch. These steps are solidly built, wide enough, and deep so my dog can go up to them easily and comfortably. He loves them! These steps are also large enough for the much bigger dog (and mine is a medium-sized husky mix that weighs 60 pounds). Very happy with this purchase!


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#1.Heininger 3052 PortablePET Twistep Dog Hitch Step


Twistep is the best way to provide a step up into your vehicle for your canine companion. An instant, multi-use step that provides better access to your SUV, the Twistep installs in your hitch receiver and with a simple lift of a pin twists to help your dog load in or out of the vehicle. The Twistep will fit 1.25-inch and 2-inch hitch receivers. The Twistep attaches securely to the hitch receiver of your vehicle and stores under the bumper when not in use. It holds up to 400 pounds on a Class III hitch. Corrosion-resistant coating ensures a long life. Unlike a bulky ramp or another step setup that you need to unload to use and then pack away again after use, the Twistep is simple and easy to use.


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