There are a few core features that you should always consider when choosing a dog ramp or stairs. Here is our take on the ones that are non-negotiable.
Machine washable surface material
As much as we love our furry friends, we all have to admit that given enough time without a proper shower - they can smell pretty bad. Unsurprisingly, the same goes for the surface material of your pet ramp or stairs.
As adorable paws make their way up to the couch to cuddle you or into your vehicle for a trip to the park, they bring dirt, grime and anything else that wants to tag along with them. Eventually, this material builds up in your ramp's carpeting and smells worse than a very wet, very dirty dog.
Having a surface material that's easy to remove and clean is highly recommended. You'll save yourself the stress and awkward conversations by being able to keep your ramp or stairs clean.
Collapsible for easy storage
Pet ramps don't tend to be huge but being able to store them snugly is still a valuable feature. As convenient as a ramp can be - especially for aging or movement impaired pets - they can become annoying if you have to force them to fit into tight spaces.
If you have a few children, you probably already know just how valuable every bit of extra trunk space can be. Be sure to choose a pet ramp that can collapse in a way that makes it easy to store, without compromising trunk space for the rest of your family.