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Q: Puppy Steps?

January 20, 2012 | By Ches21 | 3 answers | Expired: 954 days ago

Ches21

I found the perfect steps for Shorty and Skitters for getting up on to my bed they both have hip problems but Skitters gets extermly excited and will try and run and jump off the bed and that hurts her she lands on her butt instead of all fours I usaully pick her up to put her on the bed and pick her up if she wants down off the bed but it's getting to the point where she could hurt herself real bad by jumping off but I think she would be in too big of a hurry for steps to work I think she may fall off the steps do you think steps or a ramp will work or would I be better off to just continue lifting her onto my bed and off of my bed she is a 30 pound dog so she is pretty heavy at least she is small but she always sleeps on my bed with me so please help and can I get them cheapier than 21 dollars or is that as cheap as they get?

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Kelly
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Jan 20, 2012

Steps and ramps are equally effective. It all depends of what kind of mobility problems you're dealing with. Some pets have a difficulty maneuvering steps because of pain or stiffness. For others steps are fine. Ramps shouldn't be too steep or they can create problems. The price seems really cheap. I don't think you'll find sturdy, good quality steps or ramps any cheaper.

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NonGlassMenagerie
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Jan 20, 2012

Ramps are usually used to help dogs get in and out of vehicles. A ramp would be way too steep to use for the height of a bed, unless you had a really long ramp. The price seems reasonable unless they're cheaply made and/or unsteady.

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Michele Z.
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Jan 22, 2012

I've seen those steps and they look very unstable and not wide enough to prevent any mishaps. I think they are actually OVERpriced for what you get.

TUBBS-Z had difficulty jumping onto the bed due to her weight. So, I put one of those plastic storage boxes/totes from WalMart near the bed so that she can first get onto the storage box (filled with "stuff" like bags of cat food to make the box "unmovable") and then hop onto the bed.

You could even try different sizes of these storage boxes to mimic steps -- plus you have "storage space" for various items. It might not be the most attractive set-up in a bedroom, but it is temporary for your pet's benefit. (And, of course, the storage boxes can be used for anything.)

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