by zen

Give Your Dog A New Lease On Mobility With Dog Steps!

Whether you love a tiny dog to cuddle in your lap and carry around with you, a large dog you can gambol around with, or the dependability of the wagging tail of your older dog, finding the right dog ramps and steps is an important part of pet maintenance.

Dog stairs can be a terrific solution to many disabilities or conditions that ail dogs of all breeds and ages, such as dysplasia, obesity, and arthritis. Dog steps can enable your pet a level of freedom you both will have thought long gone.

The first factor to consider when choosing a set of dog steps is the dimensions your dog requires. There really isn’t a set of dimensions that work as “one-size-for-all.” As pets come in all different sizes and weights, you must choose a set of steps that conforms to the size of your dog. Many sites sell both small dog steps and large dog steps. Dogs weighing less than 20 lbs should use steps measuring about 12 inches wide and dogs weighing more than 35 lbs should use steps that are 16 inches wide. If you have a medium-sized dog, or one who weights under 35 lbs, but more than 20 lbs, 14 inch-wide steps should do well.

The next item to take into consideration is the height of the steps. Smaller dogs generally have shorter legs, therefore each step’s height should be shorter, but the overall height of the stairs should be tall enough to reach your bed, couch, or other desired furniture. Larger dogs should have stairs whose steps are a bit taller so they don’t trip over small, more frequent steps.

When getting your dog into bed, however, you’ll need dog steps ranging from 17 to 29 inches high, depending again on the size of your pet.

Finally, choose pet stairs made of good quality material. Steps for small and large dogs should be washable and made of lightweight, portable material. Some styles can be taken apart and carried along, while others have compartments in the treads to store doggie dishes and toys.

Investing in a good set of pet stairs will give both you and your pet a new lease on mobility!

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