Ramps VS. Stairs, Which is Better?
We all have one thing in common: We want the absolute best for our Dachshunds. This includes the best toys, the best treats, the most fun adventures...etc. But the most important thing we can do for our Dachshunds is to make sure they are healthy.
In this article, we are going to show you why Ramps are a better option than Stairs when it comes to your furry best friend's health.
Why Does Your Dachshund Need a Ramp in the First Place?
We hear it all the time. "My dog is perfectly healthy and can jump just fine! Why would he even need a ramp?"
One of the biggest mistakes dog owners make is allowing their dogs to jump on and off furniture. Pet physical rehabilitator, Susan Davis, PT, said in an interview "The thought of a small to medium-sized dog jumping down from a sofa or bed makes me cringe!"
Why is jumping from a sofa or bed so bad you might ask? Well, Susan continued to say, "I’m just a concerned physical therapist who has had more than her share of patients who have sustained torn ligaments and injuries to the spine and extremity joints that probably could have been avoided, if not for the repetitive trauma from vertical leaps and jumps."
There it is folks. The repetitive trauma from vertical leaps and jumps can lead to torn ligaments and injuries to the spine. The purpose of the Dog Ramp is not only for Dachshunds that already have injuries but for Dachshunds that are healthy and want to prevent injuries as well.
Keep in mind: 1 in 4 Dachshunds will suffer from IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease) in their lifetime. Jumping on and off furniture can worsen this condition and lead to a very costly surgery.
Why Dog Stairs are Not The Right Solution
When asked about the option of using dog stairs instead of a ramp, Susan David, PT, answered,
"Well, those are still stairs, even if small ones! Climbing up and down steps is better than jumping, but it can still produce dangerous torque forces on the joints, so the angled walking ramp is the best way to prevent injury."
Even though pet stairs are technically better for your Dachshund than simply jumping up and down from furniture or high surfaces, they still require effort and stress the Dachshund's joints and spine. Dog ramps, on the other hand, allow your Dachshund to walk the ramp with significantly less stress.
Dachshund Legs are Simply Too Short for Stairs!
Dachshund owners should prioritize dog ramps over dog steps, and here's why:
Their little Sausage Dog legs are too short for pet steps. It's a safety hazard if your Dachshund needs to jump up or climb to get to the next stair. Basically, it defeats the whole purpose of pet stairs. Even a small tumble from a height of 6 inches may cause a bad injury.
Surgery Can Cost up to $7,000
In conclusion, we have found that the only benefit to dog stairs is a generally cheaper cost. But when it comes to our Dachshunds that we love so much, why risk their health, and risk spending more money on medical bills in the future, just to save a few extra bucks right now?
Check out this review below from Jennifer D. who made the switch from stairs to a ramp for her blind dog, Javabean, and couldn't be happier about her decision.
We hope this article has answered some questions you might have, and gave you some insight into the realities of using dog ramps versus dog stairs. Please leave your thoughts or any additional questions you have in the comments below!
We designed the Dachramp to help your Dachshund walk safely up and down high areas without hurting their back, helping to prevent injuries caused by jumping on and off furniture, it is specifically engineered with your Dachshunds back health in mind and features;
- Lightweight and Portable
- Rubber grips to keep the ramp secure
- Ridged carpeting for maximum paw grip
- Packs flat to 3.5 inches for easy storage
- Handmade - arrives fully assembled
The Dachramp is the #1 choice for Dachshund Owners
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