The 10 Best Pet Ramps
This wiki has been updated 35 times since it was first published in July of 2015. These pet ramps are designed to provide easy access for dogs and cats that are either too small to climb onto a bed or sofa on their own or are getting a bit long in the tooth and need some help getting in and out of a vehicle. They are all easy to set up and available in a variety of designs to suit different requirements and needs. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
February 08, 2020:
During our last update, we included both pet stairs and pet ramps on this list since we felt someone looking for one might also be interested in and find the other useful. However, now that we have a separate list recommending the best pet stairs, we decided to purge our list of them and only include pet ramps. That being said, we did keep the Snoozer Scalloped, which sort of falls into both categories due to its unusual design. Also, we feel its soft, cushioned form can be a smart choice for canines with joint issues.
We wanted to do our best to include a variety of different types of pet ramps, too, so you'll find models well-suited to outdoor use, like the PetSafe Happy Ride 16220 and Gen7Pets Natural G7572NS; those intended solely for indoor use, such as the PetSafe CozyUp 62399 and Internet's Best Adjustable; as well as folding or telescoping options, like the Pet Gear Tri-Fold PG9300RF and Titan Ramps Collapsible; and more permanent units, such as the Dog Quality Gentle Rise.
When it comes to seniors and pooches with vision issues, the Dog Quality Gentle Rise is one of the best options. Its high side rail can help prevent an animal from accidentally falling off the edge if they wander a bit while walking up it, and it has a rather gentle slope.
If you have a very large breed, you will want to look at the PetSafe Happy Ride 16220 and PetStep Original 222K, which boast a 300- and 500-pound maximum capacity, respectively. That being said, many of the other models on this list can easily support 150 to 200 pounds, so you can definitely consider some of our other recommendations. Just be sure to check the specifications of any model you choose to ensure you get one that can safely handle the weight of your four-legged friend.
While models with a sandpaper-like covering can be a smart choice because they offer a lot of traction, some dogs may find them unpleasant on their paws. If you think this may be an issue for your companion, you should check out the Gen7Pets Natural G7572NS, which has a faux grass surface, or the PetSafe CozyUp 62399, which is covered with a soft, yet durable carpet.
Royal Ramps Pet Ramp with Landing Coming in more than 10 attractive colors and two widths, there is a Royal Ramp to suit every home and pet. It is made with an industrial-grade foam that is both soft and supportive, and it is lightweight enough that nearly anyone can pick it up and move it around easily. royalramps.com
In The Company Of Dogs Collapsible Wooden Pet Ramp This collapsible ramp has a free-standing form and is designed for indoor use. It can be adjusted to three heights, folds completely flat for storage, and features three wheels for convenient repositioning around a home. inthecompanyofdogs.com
Up Goes The Animal
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.
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
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.
In your living room, you can have a dedicated set of stairs that dogs and cats–and chinchillas–can all use for their convenience.
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 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 you 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.
Others are actually stairs more than they are 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, allowing 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
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.
You've got the screw, the wheel and axle, the wedge, the pulley, the lever, and the inclined plane.
If you believe that the pyramids were build 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.