Why Dog Ramps are a Better Option Than Dog Stairs
Dog Ramps VS. Dog Stairs, Which is Better?
We all have one thing in common: We want the absolute best for our dogs. This includes the best toys, the best treats, the most fun adventures…etc. But the most important thing we can do for our dogs is to make sure they are healthy.
In this article, we are going to show you why Dog Ramps are a better option than Dog Stairs when it comes to your furry best friend’s health.
Why Does Your Dog Need a Ramp in the First Place?
We hear it all the time. “My dog is perfectly healthy and can jump just fine! Why would he even need a ramp?”
One of the biggest mistakes dog owners make is allowing their dogs to jump on and off furniture. Pet physical rehabilitator, Susan Davis, PT, said in an interview “The thought of a small to medium-sized dog jumping down from a sofa or bed makes me cringe!”
Why is jumping from a sofa or bed so bad you might ask? Well, Susan continued to say, “I’m just a concerned physical therapist who has had more than her share of patients who have sustained torn ligaments and injuries to the spine and extremity joints that probably could have been avoided, if not for the repetitive trauma from vertical leaps and jumps.”
There it is folks. The repetitive trauma from vertical leaps and jumps can lead to torn ligaments and injuries to the spine. The purpose of the Dog Ramp is not only for dog’s that already have injuries but for dog’s that are healthy and want to prevent injuries as well.
Why Dog Stairs are Not The Right Solution
When asked about the option of using dog stairs instead of a ramp, Susan David, PT, answered,
“Well, those are still stairs, even if small ones! Climbing up and down steps is better than jumping, but it can still produce dangerous torque forces on the joints, so the angled walking ramp is the best way to prevent injury.”
Even though pet stairs are technically better for your dog than simply jumping up and down from furniture or high surfaces, they still require effort and stress the dog’s joints. Dog ramps, on the other hand, allow your dog to walk the ramp with significantly less stress placed on the joints.
Miniature Dog Breed Owners Must Know!
Something else to note, is dog owners with miniature dog breeds should prioritize dog ramps over dog steps, and here’s why:
Smaller breed dogs are too short for pet steps. It’s a safety hazard if the dog needs to jump up or climb to get to the next stair. Basically, it defeats the whole purpose of pet stairs. Even a small tumble from a height of 6 inches may cause a bad injury for smaller and more fragile breeds.
Surgery can Cost up to $7,000
In conclusion, we have found that the only benefit to dog stairs is generally cheaper cost. But when it comes to our pets that we love so much, why risk their health, and risk spending more money on medical bills in the future, just to save a few extra bucks right now?
Check out this review below from Jennifer D. who made the switch from stairs to a ramp for her blind dog, Javabean, and couldn’t be happier about her decision.
We hope this article has answered some questions you might have, and gave you some insight into the realities of using dog ramps versus dog stairs. Please leave your thoughts or any additional questions you have in the comments below!