What is the Best Car Ramp for Large Dogs?

What is the best car ramp for large dogs

Your cute and cuddly 85lb dog can no longer get into your vehicle on his own, and you’ve realised it’s time to shop for a car ramp for large dogs. Where to begin!

It all begins here, where we’re going to be looking at some of the best-sellers to help you make the best decision for everyone.

How to choose the best car ramp for large dogs

There are a number of things to consider before actually making a purchase – some you can find out right now, others you won’t know until you see your options. Below is a list of all your considerations.

  • Height the ramp has to reach
  • Maximum weight it will support
  • Ease of assembly
  • Can it be folded for storage in car/will it fit in car when folded
  • Portability – how easy it is to carry
  • Stability when set up – if it wobbles it can be dangerous
  • Non slip surface
  • How steep the slope of the ramp is  
  • Width
  • Style
  • Budget

What is the Best Car Ramp for Large Dogs

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WeatherTech PetRamp

Right away the things that struck me about the WeatherTech pet ramp were the facts it was made in USA and only weighs 16lbs!!

It couldn’t be simpler to operate this ramp, all you have to do is unfold it, rest it against the car and let your dog walk up. The rubber feet at both ends helps keep the ramp in place, and the anti-skid traction on the surface means your dog won’t slip while walking up and down. The handles make it easy to carry, so moving it to store or lifting in and out of the car isn’t too difficult.

It may not weigh very much but its sturdy construction has been designed to handle pets up to 300lbs!

When unfolded it is 67” long and 15” wide, and folded it is 33.5” long. These measurements will help you judge the steepness of the incline against your car and whether or not you have room to store it in your vehicle.

Easy to clean, it won’t rust or corrode what’s not to love!

What buyers had to say

Buyers were very happy with the sturdiness and stability of this ramp, and liked the added bonus of a ledge on the side to prevent their pups from falling. As a result it was rated 4.9/5.

 

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Pros and cons

Pros

  • Lots of satisfied users
  • Stable
  • Raised sides for extra safety
  • Supports the biggest dogs
  • Easy to operate

Cons

The only con would be if the incline is too steep for your dog

Sounds like a great car ramp for large dogs don’t you think!!

 

Solvit PetSafe Deluxe Extra-Long Telescoping Pet Ramp

Another style to consider is the Solvit telescoping pet ramp, which extends rather than folds.  

This extra long version extends from 47” to 87”, is 20” wide and 4” high. The benefit of the extra length means a more gradual incline, making it easier for a dog with mobility issues to walk up. Too steep and it could be too painful to use.  

Weighing 18lbs it can support 300lbs of animal weight, and the surface is textured to prevent slipping. Raised side rails helps your dog feel more secure, so even if he stumbles it should prevent him from falling off the side.

Rubber feet keeps it stable when in use, and when you’re done slide it back into place, use the safety latch to keep it closed and pick it up by the handle to put back in the car. So easy to clean with a mild detergent or just turn the hose on it!

What buyers had to say

Over 1100 users offered their reviews of this Solvit telescoping pet ramp, and overall they loved the quality, ease of use, and most importantly how much it helped them and their dogs. They rated it 4.2/5.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • No chance of getting your fingers caught as with a folding ramp
  • No assembly required
  • Long, gradual incline so easy for the dogs to use
  • Easy to extend and close
  • Good quality product
  • Weather resistant, one user left it out in the snow all winter and it held up perfectly

Cons

  • The sandpaper texture of the non-skid material did not suit every dog
  • Too big to store in a “standard” car. A very valid point but that’s why it’s important to know your car’s measurements and those of the ramp you’re interested in, before buying.

This is a great ramp for those that need the extra length to create a more gradual incline. If your dog doesn’t react well to the surface texture as many haven’t, putting rubber mats or towels on top seems to have made a difference.

 

PetSTEP Original Folding Pet Ramp

What could be easier to use than a ramp that you unfold, prop against your car (the rubber grips keep it in place), and your dog walks up or down?

The PetStep original folding pet ramp is it! Weighing 18.5lbs, it holds up to 500lbs of animal weight which is absolutely amazing. Only something super sturdy can hold that kind of weight without sagging, and that’s due to the advanced composite plastic construction.

Unlike other ramps that use abrasive non slip materials, this ramp has a rubberized walking surface so it’s comfortable on your dog’s paws. It also means no materials like carpet or tape that can trap odors, and it’s super easy to clean with soap and water.

It opens and closes in seconds, folds in half for easy storage and the molded ergonomic handles on both sides makes lifting it to put in your car a breeze. It also comes with a 5 year warranty.

Open it measures 70”L x 17”W x 2 ½”H, folded it is 36”L x 17”W x 5 ¾”H

544 buyers rated it 4.3/5

What buyers had to say

They’re loving the quality and ease of use, and a big selling feature for a lot of users is the rubberized surface. Many have tried other ramps with a rougher surface and their dogs cut their paws or were reluctant to use it because they weren’t comfortable with the texture. One woman who rescues giant breeds loved the stability and quality of this ramp over a metal extendable one she previously had, and her ramp really gets a workout!!

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Rubberized surface is comfortable
  • Opens and closes in seconds
  • Sturdy, doesn’t sag when a dog is on it

Cons

  • A bit heavy to lift for some people
  • Some found the incline too steep
  • Cumbersome to open and close on their own

So, what is the best car ramp for large dogs?

The best car ramp for a large dog is the one that benefits you the most, and naturally that will differ from person to person.

The 3 mentioned here are all solid choices, and whether you choose this one or find another you prefer, will ultimately depend on how well it will suit your needs and the needs of your dog.

For example, I know my dog is funny about the textures he walks on so a rubber surface would suit him better. I’m not a particularly strong person so while the weight of the ramp would be a consideration, if it’s only a matter of sliding it into the car I don’t think it’s a make or break factor. I don’t drive a truck or an SUV so size is extremely important in terms of room in the vehicle.

 

Do any of these ramps sound like a good fit? What makes that one a possibility over the others? Have you ever had a ramp before and if yes, what kind of a difference did it make? Sharing helps others so please leave a comment below.

 

Hindy Pearson
I am a dog trainer and behaviour consultant, specialising in working with first time dog owners. Whether you're thinking of getting a dog and aren't sure if it's the right time, or you've been sharing your life with one for awhile but there are issues you can't resolve, I am here for you. No matter where in the world you live I can help.

22 Comments

  1. Ruth Epstein

    I love the idea of ramps for dogs as I do believe they help them in so many ways, whether young or old when jumping into a car it can cause injury. I do not drive thanks to lousy sight LOL but if I did I would for definite get one for Layla.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      I agree, I think ramps are great for dogs of all ages. A lot less stress on their joints.

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  2. Lola The Rescued Cat

    My friend has large dogs and could benefit from a ramp. One of her dogs is not well and has a hard time getting in and out of the car. This would really be helpful for her.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Hope she finds one to make her dog’s life easier.

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  3. Sadie

    This is great information for owners of big dogs. Thankfully, my largest is under 30lbs. That said, I suffered a back injury late last year and there is no way I would have been able to cart Jack around in my arms.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Even though this information was written with the big dog in mind, ramps are suitable for dogs of all sizes. A small dog can be heavy for some of us as well, particularly if we’re dealing with mobility issues of our own. Glad it has helped you and Jack as well.

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  4. Kamira

    Wow! Forgive my ignorance. I knew about strollers but had no idea about pet ramps (beyond getting to bed). What a great product. I personally don’t have a dog however when I did have my cat Dusty (before she passed) I remember buying her a litter pan with a built in ramp. It was her favorite litter box. Not only was it roomy but the incline made it easy for her to access in and out of her box and easy on her joints. I think the same can be said of dogs too. This product makes their lives easier. 🙂

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      I was about to say I never heard of a litter box with a ramp, but then I realised I saw it many years ago when I volunteered in the cat room of the local shelter. It was definitely bigger than the other ones, but the little ramp did make it easier for some cats to get into. Glad to hear it worked so well for Dusty.

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  5. The Dash Kitten Crew

    I can’t understand how anyone with an older dog would NOT have a ramp for them? It’s essential to let your dog enjoy their latr life to the full, walks, play and a summer breeze. People NEED to know about these things.

    Well done!

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      I can’t understand these things either. There are so many products and devices to help our dogs and cats live a better quality of life, why shouldn’t we be taking advantage of them!

      Reply
  6. Jana Rade

    We have the Solvit ramp; it’s been in constant use for years now and it works really well.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Glad to hear that!

      Reply
  7. Emilia

    The solv-it was our top seller but you really have to have a bigger vehicle to make it work. We carried a petmate ramp too, but it weighed a ton! Finding the right ramp is important, I know someone who got a ramp for her older collie and it didn’t really fit right. The dog got spooked by the way the ramp connected to the car and now won’t ride in the car anymore.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      You definitely have to try them out, which becomes more difficult when everything is online. Imagine ordering and returning until you find the perfect one!! So sad about the dog getting spooked like that, such a shame.

      Reply
  8. Sandy Kubillus

    A long time ago I looked into a ramp for my dog. She was a springer spaniel, which I could pick up and put in my car, and I did not have a hatchback. But what I needed a ramp for was for her to get up to my bed whenever she wanted. So for a bed, I did not need a ramp that hooked on, but one that was stable throughout. I ended up making one out of an old door and putting carpet over it. It was huge and bulky, but it did the trick. That was over 15 years ago. We have a lot more options now, as you have described. Good information.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      There are some great styles nowadays for helping dogs and cats get onto the bed, but sometimes building your own is the best option.

      Reply
  9. Sweet Purrfections

    Ramps for dogs sound like an excellent idea. I’m watching my mom’s dog and he’s getting older and it’s getting a little more difficult for him to jump up.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Sounds like a ramp is in his future!

      Reply
  10. Beth Patterson

    My friend’s dog is around 13-14 and is having trouble getting into the car. These ramps might be perfect for her.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Ramps can absolutely help, especially if the dog is too big to lift and/or the human has mobility issues.

      Reply
  11. Dorothy "FiveSibesMom"

    Great reviews and info, Hindy! I had the telescoping one for Gibson, who was 98#s and epileptic. I had it as a makeshift stretcher if need be so I could transport my large boy. Thankfully, my other four can be picked up if need be! Having one is a great peace of mind and very useful (in several ways!) when needed.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Great idea to use it as a stretcher, thanks for that tip.

      Reply

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