Does your beloved pooch have stiff, arthritis-ridden joints that make it hard or impossible to jump up and down on furniture? Is he or she recovering from surgery and not allowed to jump? Or maybe you’re experiencing back problems and are having a hard time lifting Fido off and on the couch or bed.
If any of these are true, the ramp and stairs by Royal Ramps could make your & your pup’s lives easier. While none of these were true for my pups, we found yet another use for the ramp & stairs…more on that below!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Royal Ramps. K9sOverCoffee was provided with a free dog ramp and stairs to test, review & give away to two lucky readers (between April 10-24, 2017). Here on K9sOverCoffee, I only share information I feel is relevant to my readers & always provide 100% honest reviews. Royal Ramps is not responsible for the content of this blog post.
Who Is Royal Ramps?
Royal Ramps is based out of Las Vegas, NV, and has been manufacturing high-density, industrial grade foam pet stairs and ramps for over 10 years. All of their products are designed, manufactured, and assembled in the USA.
Lightweight & Easy Assembly
When the stairs & ramp were delivered, I was faced with two large packages sitting on the front porch and remember thinking to myself “oh boy, bringing them inside will be my strength workout of the day“.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. Each package was super lightweight and the assembly couldn’t have been easier.
Multiple Height Options Thanks To Strong Velcro
What makes the assembly such a breeze? The fact that the individual elements are attached to one another using strong velcro. So all I had to do was line up the 3 individual steps that form our stairs and “velcro” them together, and pawlà! The stairs were ready to be used. It was just as easy to put the ramp together.
Besides making the assembly process easy, the velcro also translates into multiple height options that can be interchanged to fit individual pets’ needs. So if I had purchased the 14″ 2 step stairs and then bought a taller couch later on down the road, I could simply add another step to adjust to the taller height. #Clever
Available In 3 Different Colors
The stairs & ramp we tested are a dark brown color called Chocolate Suede because it worked best with our furniture, but they are also available in Platinum Gray, Charcoal Gray, and Oyster Brown.
Stair In Platinum Gray
Stairs In Charcoal Gray
Ramp In Oyster Brown
Machine Washable Fabric Covers
According to Royal Ramps, their upholstery-grade suede fabric is impermeable to stains (“pet stains, soda, and even red wine easily wash off with mild soap and lukewarm water”). I didn’t test the soda or red wine claim, but did wipe off some drool that was caused by tasty treats handed out during our photo sessions 😉 That DID clean up very nicely!
In case the covers get soiled by something else or you simply feel like giving them a wash after having used them for a while, they ARE machine washable (in cold water & with mild soap & need to be air-dried) and come with an easily removable zipper closing.
Easily Removable Zipper Closing
The Ramps & Stairs Are Perfect For…
- Tiny dogs too small to jump up onto a tall bed or couch
- Medium size dogs suffering from arthritis which makes it tough on their joints to jump on and off furniture
- Small & medium size dogs recovering from surgery
- YOUR back if you’re experiencing trouble lifting your pooch on and off furniture
In my humble opinion, they are also great to work on strengthening the doggie rear. How so? When Matthew from Royal Ramps contacted me about testing the stairs & ramp, my first thought was “sure, but the pups are neither bothered by arthritis nor recovering from surgery“.
A split second later, after having taken a look at the pictures of both products, my thought process expanded and went to “But wait! These would be great for rear leg strength training!“.
Bonus – Using The Stairs/Ramp To Strengthen Their Hindquarters
That’s because when dogs walk up a hill or stairs, their hindquarters have to work harder and as a result, the rear muscles are strengthened. Since older dogs typically lose the strength in their hind legs first, it’s super important to continually strengthen those hind legs throughout a dog’s life. #PreventionIsKey
When dogs hold a pose on a free standing element such as the stairs and also the ramp (= hill), they also work on their balance, which ultimately improves their confidence and body control.
The ramp and stairs are made of foam, and while they’re made of industrial grade high-density foam, they are not as sturdy as similar products made of wood or metal, and they’re a little on the unstable side when walked on by larger dogs. The company does specify that their products (only) support dogs up to 75 lbs.
Buzz weighs about 70 lbs and made both the stairs and ramp wobble slightly, but he was still able to use them.
I weigh 130 lbs and definitely made both wobble, so neither are a good fit for large and extra large dogs.
The price tag for the tall 21″ ramp, $246.99, & stairs, $287.99, is on the higher end. The 7″ one step is the least expensive at $76.99 followed by the 14″ two step, $156.99, & the 14″ ramp, $208.99. The 21″ ramp with landing costs $369.99.
That being said, the quality of the stairs & ramp justify the price, especially since they’re a one time investment and should last for years.
How To Get Your Paws On The Stairs & Ramp
The pups are allowed on the furniture, but since neither Missy nor Buzz are arthritic or too small to hop on and off the couch and bed, you can enter for a chance to win the stairs and ramp we tested for you in the giveaway sponsored by Royal Ramps between April 10-24, 2017 (open to lower 48 US only).
Royal Ramp’s indoor stairs & ramps are stylish quality accessories that come in a variety of colors suitable for different height furniture. They are designed, manufactured, and assembled right here in the USA.
They’re a wonderful solution for tiny to medium size dogs suffering from arthritis or who are simply not well equipped to jump on and off furniture. (I’m thinking Doxies, Basset Hounds, Corgis, Bulldogs…) #ShortLegProblems
Could your pup use a ramp or stairs to make life easier? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!