Whether you’ve got a small dog, a high car or your best friend is just getting on in years, a dog ramp can make getting them in and out of your vehicle easier and more comfortable for both of you. Ramps are particularly helpful for dogs with arthritis but also work well as a preventative measure, reducing the wear of repetitive demanding actions like making big jumps onto hard surfaces.
With a range of options available, you can opt for folding or telescopic ramps as well as ones that incorporate soft and non-slip materials to be gentle on your pet’s joints.
What to look for in a dog ramp
When picking a ramp there are a few things that are absolutely crucial to consider. The ramp must be sturdy enough to support your dog’s weight, as well as wide enough to make walking on it easy, but you also want it to be light enough to easily get in position and unfold.
The type of fold or telescope is a factor – the fewer the joints the more stable the ramp will be, but it will also not fold as small so it’s worth measuring the space you want to store the ramp in your car.
The material of the ramp can also make a difference. If your dog has arthritis or a similar condition something soft on the joints and non-slip will help minimize discomfort. Finally, the price will play a part with good dog ramps ranging between $50-120.
Best Dog Ramps for Cars
Trixie Petwalk Folding Ramp
This plastic ramp from Trixie folds in half to save space with it measuring 15.75 x 61.4 x 3.1 inches when unfolded. It weighs 9.9 lbs and supports a dog weighing up to 200 lbs. The surface of the ramp is textured to prevent slipping even when wet and the ramp has safety rails to guide your pet safely in and out of your car. It’s not overly expensive at around $120, but if you have a large dog we’d recommend looking at something a little sturdier.
Alitop PG9300DR Tri-fold Widest Pet Ramp
This ramp has two hinges folding it into a third of its size for easier storage. Like the Trixie it is non-slip coated, although it doesn’t have safety rails down the side. The manufacturer recommends it for a dog up to 200 pounds so it can hold around the same as the Trixie. The ramp measures 70 x 19.5 inches when unfolded.
Petsafe Solvit Telescoping Dog Ramp
This aluminum telescopic dog ramp is an excellent choice for large dogs. It can hold an animal up to 400 lbs and still slide away from its full 72 x 17 x 4 inches to just 39 inches long. It weighs 14.5 lbs and is non-slip with a guard rail for extra safety. At just over $100 it is also great value.
Pet Gear Travel Lite Dog Ramp
This dog ramp from Pet Gear is a best seller for a reason. As well as being well priced, it folds away easy, has a non-slip coating to help your dog out of the car and it is available in 4 different sizes to suit different vehicles and canines. They’re not suitable for the largest dogs, but if your pet is under 200 lbs they are definitely worth a look.