Having difficulty getting into the car with your pooch? Perhaps your dog is too big to pick up and load to the car.
Maybe your little friend suffers from injuries or old age making it difficult to jump into the car. Or maybe your dog just doesn’t like being picked up.
Whichever the case a dog ramp could make life easier for you and less stressful for your dog.
However with many different options out there which is the best one?
Don’t worry. Our team has got your back. We put together this guide to help you make your choice and avoid costly mistakes.
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Our Top Picks
Best Dog Ramps
Before we dive into the details of how you can choose the best dog ramp and what you should be watching out for, we present you the best 5 dog ramps in the UK.
Trixie Pet Ramp performs fantastically in terms of quality and price. The ramp is made of hard plastic with steel bolts in hinges to keep it stable.
The flat surface has a rough gritty coating which is skid-resistant making it safe to walk up and down even when it’s wet.
For a heavier dog the coating may not be anti-slip enough though, in which case you may need to modify it with a rubber mat or put a towel on it. Also since coating has a sandpaper like feeling to it, you may want to cover it to prevent grazed skin.
It’s always a good idea to hold your dog by the lead really short or by the collar as they go up and down to slow them down just a bit to a safe speed.
As far as size goes, it folds into two and neatly fits in the back of the car. However it’s bulky when folded which requires some boot space of its own.
- Safety rails on the sides
- Made from hard plastic
- Had a weight of 4.5 kg
- Can hold up to 90 kg
- Anti-slip coating
- No sharp edges
- Can be narrow and slippery for larger dogs
PetSafe Solvit is a size adjustable great ramp. It comes with a higher price tag than foldable counterparts. However, most users reports the benefits outweigh the cost.
It’s easy to lift and use, yet very sturdy due to metal and plastic framework.
It’s a perfect option for your furry giant. It has a capacity to hold an amazing weight of 180 kg. A better choice for larger dog owners as it’s sturdy and doesn’t flex under weight.
A heavy duty sandpaper cover makes it anti-slippery and provides a sure footing. Though it scratches easily. For that reason I suggest caution for the first couple of times your pooch tries it in case you want to return it.
Couple of painful encounters suggested watching your fingers with the telescoping action and making sure to close the mechanism when you want to carry it.
- Can be adjusted to suit most dogs
- Easily transportable and weighs 5.89 kg
- Sturdy yet lightweight aluminium and plastic design
- Can hold over 180 kg
- Lightweight and sturdy
- Anti-slip surface
- Surface scratches easily
- Bulky to store
With its new design, Doghealth has replaced the sand paper coated surface with ridges. Most users report it’s better for the paws and using a towel on it seems to make sure your dog won’t slide on it.
Some dogs experience slippery surface, particularly when it’s wet. If you’re not a fan of using a towel, you might want to cover it with rubber matting to provide a sure footing to your dog.
It’s light to carry yet robust to hold your dog’s weight. It seems to be strong enough to hold the weight of a lab and wide enough for a rottweiler to comfortably walk on.
- Can hold up to 90 kg
- Lightweight, 5 kg
- Plastic feet to prevent scratching of the sill
- Anti-slip ridged surface
- Solid and sturdy
- Can be too steep with a hatchback
- Can be slippery
As an alternative to the telescopic dog ramp reviewed earlier, PetSafe Solvit Ultralite is lighter and more compact.
It can be folded in half and easy to store at the back of your car. It comes with four rubber feet helping to keep it stable and has a good curve at the top to fit rear of your car.
The textured gripping surface helps prevent tripping and slipping. Though the non-slip tread is thin and it seems to be glued on.
Raised rails by the sides of the ramp can help guide your pooch safely on the way up and down. However, they’re not high enough to prevent falling off. So, it’s a good idea in general to help your dog down by holding the collar.
Cleaning it also just a breeze. You can use a mild detergent or just hose to give it a good wash.
It’s made from rigid and hard wearing plastic. The hinge has a metal insert all the way through it so it should be strong enough. However if you push limits, you cannot be sure whether it’ll hold.
- Textured gripping surface to prevent slipping
- Can hold over 68 kg
- Weighs 4.53 kg
- Compact and easy to store
- Four rubber feet provides stability
- Not wide enough for a large dog
- Non-slip tread is thin and glued on
- Double check the return policy for extra costs
The Pet Gear Tri-Fold Pet Ramp is another good option to keep your dog’s joints healthy. It comes with a carry handle and easy to store at the back of your car.
It’s a strong and sturdy ramp, but be warned it’s not the lighest out there. A good option if you want to trade weight for stability.
The skid resistant surface is good enough even when it’s wet. The grip is like a rough sandpaper though. So, heads up for sensitive paws.
You can rest the plastic lip of the ramp on the boot floor to secure it to the back of the car. The bottom of the ramp has rubber feet to keep it in place.
The ramp is about 50 cm wide which should be wide enough for most dogs. However, if your pup is a gentle giant, it may not be wide enough.
- Weighs 11.4 kg
- Can hold up to 113 kg
- Strong and stable
- Skid resistant
- Surface maybe too rough for sensitive paws
How To Choose A Dog Ramp
What’s a dog ramp?
A dog ramp is simply an access tool for your dog. It helps your furry friend to get into and out of higher surfaces.
It makes life safer and easier for your dog getting into a car or climbing down from a bed.
Why does my dog need a ramp?
There could be a multitude of reasons why your dog needs a ramp. Such as:
Reasons to get a dog ramp
- Your dog is recovering from injuries
- Your pooch has joint problems, suffering from arthritis
- The booth of your car is too high for your dog to jump in or out safely
- Your furry friend is too dignified to enjoy being picked up
- Your dog is a gentle giant and lifting is not an option
- Your dog might have adorable short legs and keen on being an independent pooch with a mind of its own
The list can go on and on. The only common reason really is to make life safer and easier for your dog.
What to consider when choosing a dog ramp
Though it’s not an exact science, there are couple of considerations our team has put up together to help you choose.
Size depends on the dimensions and health of your dog. A short ramp means a steeper climb.
If your pooch is already suffering joint issues or old age, a longer ramp would make it easier. The climb would be less steep and painful.
The width of the ramp will just depend on how big your dog is. A larger dog would need a wider width.
Ramps with non-slippery surface can provide a sure footing for your dog. Particularly in rainy weather, it can make it safer to use.
If your dog is too heavy to lift, a heavier ramp would not make much sense to carry around.
It’s a good idea to keep an eye on the weight, specially if the frame is metal. Though a heavy ramp can offer more stability for larger dogs.
Most ramps are generally made of plastic or metal. Both plastic and metal ramps are easy to keep clean. Whilst metal ramps are heavier and more durable, plastic ramps are more portable and waterproof.
Folding or Telescopic?
This is a decision more for your convenience than your dog’s. A ramp could be either a folding style or extending telescopically.
If constant folding and unfolding sounds like a hassle and adds more stress to your life, you could go with telescopic ramps. They’re however generally more expensive but easier to use.
It’s probably a good idea to use a harness or hold your dog by the collar.
This will help stabilise your enthusiastic pup and slow down to a safe speed.
Without further ado, I present our favourite dog ramps.
A dog ramp means our loved pooches can go in and out of a car without assistance and stress free trips for all of us. It keeps their joints healthy and safe as well as our back.
Whilst there are many ramps out there, our team has put together this guide to help you choose the best one for your dog keeping an eye on the quality and price.
The right choice will depend on the breed and size of your furry friend. For larger and heavier dogs, PetSafe Solvit Telescopic Dog Ramp is an ideal option due to its sturdy metal and plastic frame.
Meanwhile Doghealth Dog Ramp could be a good option for sensitive paws thanks to its ridge anti slip surface instead of sandpaper like materials with other ramps.
Here are our top picks to help make your decision:
Our Top Picks
- Anti-slip coating and safety rails on the side
- Protects the joints of the pet
- Highly recommendable in cases of arthritis and arthritis
- LIGHTWEIGHT – Providing convenience and mobility for adventurous Pet...
- DURABLE – With a durable, sturdy design the Deluxe Telescoping Pet Ramp...
- ANTI SLIP - Featuring a textured gripping surface helping to stop slips and...
- Improved " easiwalk" model - safer and easier to maintain
- lightweight 11lb/ 5kg
- Anti Slip Surface - Very strong will hold upto 90kg (200lb)
- LIGHTWEIGHT/DURABLE – Able to hold over 68 kg while only weighing 4.53...
- COMPACT – The Solvit Ultralite Bi-Fold Pet Ramp provides a convenient...
- ANTI SLIP – Helping to stop slips and trips, the Ultralight Bi-Fold Pet...
- Useful for senior, small and puppy dogs
- Skid resistant
So which one is the best for you?
Once you made your decision, give yourself a high-paw and join in the fun in the comment section.
We’re looking forward to you becoming part of our community and share with us which ramp you picked and why.