Active dogs need to have healthy joints if you want them to stay active. I wish we had done more for our golden retriever Sheba’s joints before she was diagnosed with arthritis. She has been doing pretty well, but this last spring she started to limp more. We had her on joint supplements only with just an occasional pain pill to help her through a bad spell.
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This time it was worse. The worst part was when we had to try to keep her from playing so she could get better. She enjoys her fetch, and even though we don’t let her jump a lot, she still wants to be out there chasing the ball. I had been taking her swimming and for shorter walks, knowing that was good for her joints, but we still had to keep her on the pain meds. The only thing I could think of was that getting in and out of the car was aggravating her pain. We had thought about pet ramps for cars before but never did anything about it. It was long past time to do so.
We got the opportunity to try out a Solvit ramp, and chose the Deluxe XL Telescoping Ramp. We have a truck and an SUV and wanted something big enough to use for both vehicles, yet light enough for me to handle on my own, since I am the one who takes the dogs places more.
Sheba can be timid, and my biggest fear was that she would be afraid of the ramp and it would be difficult to get her to use it. I wanted to train the other two dogs to use it as well. Cricket also has some achy joints at times, and Luke has his bad knees to worry about. Even though Cricket only weighs 22 pounds, if she’s wet and dirty I’d rather not have to pick her up and put her in the car (plus my old back can be achy too!).
We started out laying it flat on the ground outside next to the car. I put treats on the ramp so they could get used to stepping on it, and then walked them back and forth across it, luring them with the treats. It went better than I expected, so the next time we were able to prop it up on the stair outside and do the same thing. Sheba was a little more hesitant then, but relaxed after a few tries. I considered going to a higher step, but decided to take the plunge and try it on the car the next time. No problem!
The ramp is light enough for me to carry (my hubby will tell you that I’m weak, and I do have problems with my hands gripping things). I had just a bit of trouble extending it at first, but when my hubby helped me, I realized I was trying just a bit too hard and needed to just get it in the right spot to slide easily. Plus I think it loosened up after a few times of being used.
The rubber feet make it grip to surfaces nicely, and there is a snap that locks it in place for when you are carrying it. In the video clips below you can see the dogs easily going up and down it. The only issue I still have is that Luke and Sheba are a bit afraid of it when I’m closing it and putting it up in the car. But they can retreat to the front seat and I think they’ll get over that in time.
This ramp is heavy duty, and it does not have to be extended out all the way. You could see in the video that it wasn’t extended as far when we used it for the truck. Solvit makes many high quality, durable products for pet travel, active dogs, and senior care. They pay attention to detail, and this ramp comes with a one year warranty.
I think it makes sense for all dogs to use a ramp to protect their joints, no matter their age and health, especially if they get in and out of vehicles a lot. It can be even more important if they are active, injured, or older. If your dog participates in sports, you want to do everything to keep their joints healthy and rested at times so they can continue to do so. Ramps can be used not just for vehicles but in the house as well for furniture (and Solvit has other smaller ramps, and stairs, available as well), and our friend Pamela will even be using one to get her dog Honey on and off their sailboat!
By the way, between the ramp, an increase in her joint supplements, and after a few days of rest and pain meds, Sheba is doing better!
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