The Puppy Stairs brand recognizes that sometimes our pets do better with a combination of ramps and stairs, or just ramps, to be more mobile throughout the home. Dogs especially, but also cats, rabbits, and other creatures, benefit from a ramp which allows continued or greater mobility, and protects animals that have developed joint, spine, and other health issues.
When we bring a pet into our family, we are offering them the comforts that our own home provides. Connecting with your pet can be difficult if they are not able to reach the same spaces we occupy. And when an animal that previously joined you on the couch or in bed can no longer, both your mental health and your pet’s are negatively affected.
Beyond the curbing of undesired emotional effects, dog ramps allow a greater mobility range for a plethora of physical issues or limitations. Whether your pet has minor arthritic discomfort, or is dealing with the results of a serious injury, ramps alleviate potentially dangerous physical actions. Furthermore, as our pets age, we can expect their general mobility to decrease. And then there are some animals of who are just so petite in stature, that jumping around, even on stairs, can be cause for concern. In recognizing the multiplicity of reasons why animals might need alternative forms of support, Puppy Stairs offers singular ramps; as well as developed landings and various ramp sectionals, which can be connected by heavy duty Velcro to ensure the best possible arrangement of angles and spaces for your pet to navigate.
Ramps are a particularly useful alternative to stairs for several reasons. Generally speaking, if your animal has never been in a multistory home, they might not have learned how to use stairs. As health and age dictate the need for mobile support, introducing a new way to move is not going to be the most useful option. Furthermore, ramps are gentler on joints afflicted by arthritis and other physically disabling health issues. They offer a lesser incline than stairs, which helps reduce pressure. Also, your pet's weight can continue to be distributed across all their paws, rather than the forwards, backwards motion stairs naturally create. And for pets with a lost or underdeveloped limb, ramps allow them to move more naturally. It should be noted that the higher the furniture, the longer the ramp needs to be, so the incline is not too extreme. Therefore, the Puppy Stairs development of sectional ramp parts allows you to create the best incline for your pet to access any furniture they would like.
If you are considering a ramp for your dog, some main factors in determining their mobility needs include size, age and health. For example, dog ramps are best suited for a miniature sized dog (or smaller animals like rabbits) because even short distance falls, such as a half a foot, can hurt their small frames. Medium to large sized dogs are usually more capable of navigating step height, but if they have arthritis, hip or spine issues, the rocking motion and extra pressure on one half of their body can be painful or increase the problem. Therefore, ramps are something your larger dog may eventually grow to need. Ramps are not just beneficial for within the home. If you and your dog like to go on outside adventures, a ramp offers great means for your dog to get in and out of a car, or even a mobile home. Some dogs simply do not like jumping. And not having to pick up your dog will help ease any stress they feel from being maneuvered in this manner and ensure your own body is protected from awkward movements including heavy lifting and bending.
Cats typically do not need ramps until jumping becomes too difficult. Cats enjoy being higher up; it allows them to feel more safe and secure, and so when they lose the ability to reach their typical vantage points, they often resort to hiding which may affect them emotionally. To ensure they can reach their favorite lofts, whether this is your bed, the back of the couch, or perhaps a window, ramps offer an alternative to protect both your kitty's body and mental health. Typically due to a cat's size, and the fact that they often develop back leg weakness, stairs are not always the best option. Especially for the majority of very senior cats (fifteen years or more), any kind of stair set is no longer an option, but ramps still allow them mobility and access to their favorite places.
So no matter your reason for purchasing a ramp, it can improve the quality of life for your animals; dog ramps help preserve physical health while allowing pets to continue with routines that promote their happiness. The type of product you choose for your pet will ultimately be determined by your personal observations and veterinary discussions of their needs, habits, and health, but the Puppy Stairs brand has a ramp selection for all aided pet mobility.