Types of Pet Ramps

Functions of Pet Steps and Pet Ramps

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People don't get tired of watching a puppy or kitten bounce around the house - careening onto a couch cushion, leaping on the bed, pouncing on a windowsill and bounding upstairs. But those days do not last forever. As our fur friends become aged, particularly when they're recuperating from injury or sickness, they just won't jump as high as they do. Getting up on a bed or couch can turn into an almost impossible task.

There are a number of ways you can help an aged, disabled or handicapped animal go about more easily. These involve rear lift harnesses or leashes, dog wheelchairs and throw rugs for solid footing. One of the more basic tools is a handicapped pet set of steps or ramp.

There is a wide range of steps and ramps to select from and each one bears unique applications.

•           Soft foam pet steps are suitable around the house. They're lightweight, a breeze to move, and will not hurt your shins if you bump against them in the dark. Foam pet steps come in several sizes, shapes, colors, fabrics and heights. Generally, they are priced from $50 and $100, so they are quite affordable. When selecting foam pet stairs, look at your furniture and decor, and consider the size and shape of your dog. For instance, a smaller dog might be better using a five-step version, with the steps set fairly near each other. A larger dog may do well having a three-step version.

•           Wooden pet steps and ramps can be utilized when the installation is going to be virtually permanent. They can be completed to match your furniture. They are often laid beside a bed or couch on a part of the floor not frequently used by everyone.

•           One of the more common uses for pet steps and ramps is to assist animals get up into vehicles. Jumping up on into the rear of an SUV, the backseat of a car or the back of a truck bed can be insufferable for a handicapped animal. And the idea of lifting a heavy dog into a car can be intimidating.

There are three basic categories of ramps for use with vehicles: telescoping ramps, folding pet ramps and expanding (accordion style) pet steps. You have to choose the appropriate type according to your vehicle, where your dog rides, available storage space, and your capacity to lift the ramp. Be sure the product you buy would fit in the trunk, or wherever else there is storage space.

Telescoping and folding ramps

A telescoping ramp contains an internal sliding mechanics so the bottom part of the ramp slides out under the top part. Telescoping ramps are quite handy and perfect for their portability.

The usual folding pet ramps are between 35" to 40" when folded, and unfolds to 70" to 75". Three-fold ramps can fit in a space as small as 26". These ramps have strengthened hinges. Some would lock into place.

Both telescoping and folding pet ramps weigh about 12 and 18 pounds and can endure weights of 400 pounds. Ramps like this must not be used for heights more than 30", since the angle may be too steep for the dog. For bigger pickup trucks having a tailgate height of up to 36", you'll require a ramp that extends to 85" to 90".

Expanding steps

Expanding pet steps stretch out into a staircase that affords the dog to easily walk up into a vehicle. When folded, the steps are around the size of a little suitcase. Unfolded, accordion style,-with models starting from three to five steps, they can be utilized for heights up to 40". They are a bit heavier and more expensive than folding or telescoping pet ramps, yet more versatile and can fold into a decent 22" square.

Choosing the right ramp or steps is elementary when you regard how, when and where they'll be used. When your best couch companion calls for help getting up, these simple devices give him the liberty to come and go as he delights, with comfort and ease.


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