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Vehicle Ramp

Does anyone have any vehicle ramp that you've loved? Looking to get one for Rascal, our 8 year old. I have a Yukon and its tricky, him jumping in and out. Don't want to have any orthopedic issues. Also, if you remember back in January, he developed 'bells palsy' on his left side, leaving him unable to blink his left eye and some facial paralysis. Now, fast forward two months and his right side has the same issue, along with vertigo and balance issues. He also lost his appetite which the vet says is nausea due to the vertigo. Soooooo, I think it may be prudent to get him a ramp. Any recommendations?
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A friend of mine uses these and really likes them - her dog is 13 (not a Doberman), but he has had some mobility issues as he aged. We're in Nosework class together. https://www.petloader.com/?fbclid=Iw...TUQKRPvRl5iLPo
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That does look nice. The problem I've had with ramps is that unless they are very long, it still seems to be a problem for the dog to go up them. I might be sorta making this up, but it just seems like a steady incline is harder for them to manage balance-wise than steps that are a reasonable height. And very long ramps are hard to manage and hard to store in the car.
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I have the PetLoader for my Great Dane and love it. I bought it used so the price was more reasonable. It folds onto itself so its a reasonable size, its easy for me to store in the car and very sturdy.
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Since starting to use my Escape SUV again, both our Dobes (10 y/o) with some arthritis in front legs use a ramp to get into back seat using Pet Gear Travel folding travel ramp- 66" long.

https://amazon.com/gp/product/B071942ZM8/

After getting pet into back seat, ramp is folded and fits on floor behind front seat with plenty of room to spare. I rigged a securing lanyard on top of ramp, but found that in practice, that just stepping on bottom of ramp while Dobes are using ramp works well and is much faster. Note that I paid $66 for this well built ramp last year and now it's up to $86 on Amz?


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When we first got ramp, we had to train both Dobes in garage with ramp, using lots of treat incentives. I was surprised that Spock was hardest to train over normally stubborn Eva, who is much more food motivated.

Note, when using ramp, I move front seat all the way forward and tilt vertical so Dobes have plenty of room to board/debark from floor, not back seat, which is lower.
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Hi Pamlocke,

I think from what you described as your dogs problems with vertigo and balance that the PetLoader would be the perfect ramp for him (and to be honest, any other dog.

Toad, at the very end of his life couldn't manage the jump into the back of my truck and I borrowed the ramp from the vet clinic (fortunately we were doing a massive remodel at the time and I don't think anyone even knew I had it except for one of the tech's.

Toad had run agility for years and I'd set up the ramp (long, unwieldy and somewhat too bouncy for the taste of most big dogs) and tell him to "walk it" and he would. But I've seen and been involved in some of the battles while trying to get a big dog up a ramp.

Very few dogs haven't seen and used stairs at some point and I'd bet they aren't as bouncy as ramps so for a dog with less that perfect balance and no experience with ramps I bet the Pet Loader would be a big improvement on most ramps.

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Hi Pamlocke,

I think from what you described as your dogs problems with vertigo and balance that the PetLoader would be the perfect ramp for him (and to be honest, any other dog.

Toad, at the very end of his life couldn't manage the jump into the back of my truck and I borrowed the ramp from the vet clinic (fortunately we were doing a massive remodel at the time and I don't think anyone even knew I had it except for one of the tech's.

Toad had run agility for years and I'd set up the ramp (long, unwieldy and somewhat too bouncy for the taste of most big dogs) and tell him to "walk it" and he would. But I've seen and been involved in some of the battles while trying to get a big dog up a ramp.

Very few dogs haven't seen and used stairs at some point and I'd bet they aren't as bouncy as ramps so for a dog with less that perfect balance and no experience with ramps I bet the Pet Loader would be a big improvement on most ramps.

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Those were my thoughts as well. Seems like when he turned 8, he started falling apart so to speak.( I joke) But he has had a time since January. We spent all day Monday at the neurologist, MRI, US, CXR, labs, UA, Spinal tap, and full thyroid panel. All has been negative, thank goodness, so far... still awaiting the rest of the thyroid panel to result. Our concern was that he had a brain tumor or middle/inner ear issue. Those were ruled out so it's a wait and see if he gets better kind of thing. Good news is that his left side is improving, he can blink the left eye a little now and his ear is starting to move a little.
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