Sugar loves car rides. Her ears perk up when she hears “lets go for a car ride.”
Sugar associates a car ride to a fun adventure. An adventure that may mean only a short drive to her favorite park.
At 12 yrs old (soon to be 13), Sugar is still active and can still run and jump. However, running and jumping activities can tire Sugar’s muscles and joints. There are many times after being in the park, Sugar is unwilling to jump in the car and requests to be carried. This is an unusual behavior from Sugar, as she always jumps in and out of the car with no hesitations. Sugar is about 50 lbs and yes I can carry/lift her but is it safe.
4 Reasons Why Invest In A Pet Ramp For Your Vehicle
1) SUPPORT your dog’s need. If you have a senior dog and having difficulties jumping in and out of the vechicle. The ramp also serves as preventative care, avoiding any other injuries that might occur. A smaller/younger pup that finds jumping a difficult task can also benefit from a ramp.
2) JOINT/HIP Health Issues: It is common for a senior dog to have weak joints and suffer from arthritis. The ramp will provide comfort to your dog.
3) INJURY: If your dog suffers from an injury and/or recovering from it. A ramp will it make it easier getting in out of the vehicle.
4) As a responsible pet parent, always keep in mind the SAFETY of your dog.
For the past few weeks, Sugar has been using Solvit UltraLite Bi-fold Pet Ramp.
It is the lightest full-size ramp on the market, weighing in at just 10lbs but can support over 200lbs. It is made of durable plastic, foldable and easy to store with a latch to prevent accidental opening. The protective rubber feet helps to hold the ramp in place while in use and the walking surface has lots of traction. Most importantly, Solvit Pet Ramp is made in the USA.
We tried 2 different ways to use the ramp particularly in our SUV. In both ways, Sugar did not have any difficulties. To get familiarized with the ramp, Sugar did lots of sniffing while it was set-up on the ground (near the car). She immediately walk on the ramp and found a treat at the end of it. Placing the ramp on the car was easy. Sugar obliged to use the ramp with the command “walk it” (an agility command we used and Sugar is familiar with).
Sugar finds going in and out of the car with a pet ramp as fun. She expects for the ramp to be there every time she gets in and out of the car.
Does your dog need a ramp? Here’s your chance to win one …
Disclaimer: Solvit Pets provided Golden Woofs a UltraLite Bi-fold Pet Ramp. Golden Woofs was not compensated for this review post.Opinions stated within this review post are completely by Golden Woofs and not influenced by any outsider. Golden Woofs only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers.
Reilly & Denny says
You know – just this morning we were looking at new cars and that is one of things I was discussing with my husband that we would have to get a ramp. Although Reilly is only 7 his arthritis continues to worsen (he has basically a form of rheumatoid arthritis – I don’t allow his to jump anymore of climb in the car but as an RA sufferer myself….picking him up can be pretty hard some days.
Sugar, you’re such a good girl! That’s a really nice ramp and we’re glad it helps you to get in and out of the car safely!
Great post!! I think Taylor would absolutely love using this ramp! I know that she hates it when my husband or I carries her in and out of our car…she is too much of an independent gal!! 😉
I would love to win this! My pal Abbey is about 14 years old and loves going for car rides but has a hard time getting in and out of the car without help.
Madi and mom says
That is so nice…one of mom’s friends has one for their senior labs to use on their house boat
Madi your bfff
Hailey and Zaphod says
Our Lady wonders about one of those for us, but we so rarely go in the car. Maybe when we are older!
Murphy & Stanley says
Pet ramps would be very handy. Thanks for the review!
Murphy & Stanley
Kim - Life at Golden Pines says
With our newest addition Gus who has degenerative myelopathy and will become more immobile, the ramp that I have isn’t going to work well enough for him, and a new one will have to be purchased. This will be one that I look into as one that he may be easy to navigate down and up. THANKS for the review!
I hope you all are doing well, and I hope you have a good weekend too!!
easy rider says
It’s a very needful investment, specially for older dogs. It’s much better than to lift them up. Have a golden sunday dear Sugar
We have been researching ramps for our 12 year old Airedale ‘Stanzie’. She still wants to jump in the car, but she has difficulties after a long walk.. It would also be good to train 5 year old ‘Wyatt’ to use the ramp now and reduce some of the impact on his joints from jumping out of the car.
I need this ramp (please) to help my small dog comfortably get into my large SUV. Thanks so much for your consideration!
Rachel Sheppard says
We could certainly use one of those just because Rooney will eventually need one as well!
This ramp looks great! None of us have ever been allowed to jump in or out of the car. We always wait to be lifted because Mom didn’t want any joint or back injuries with us. Even though Katie is about 80lbs, Mom lifts her in and out easily. A ramp would be great but I don’t know where we would keep it as the car is pretty full with three of us and all our stuff. For those that can’t or don’t want to lift their dogs it is ideal!
Dolly the Doxie says
We watched a dog use one at the park the other day. He looked so happy when he arrived, he came right down the ramp. The dog’s mom said it was the first time they had used it and he did so well. The dog was 14 and was so happy to get to go to the park! Love Dolly
Our golden Amy is 7. She loves the car but not getting out. Ramp would be great.
My dogs could really use a ramp and this looks like a great one! Bear is 12 years old, just like Sugar and it would help preserve his joints. Scooter is too small (and also handicapable) to jump into the car, and would love to be able to use a ramp to run up there himself.
Frankie and Ernie says
A Ramp is a VERY good thing for you big dogs that can’t be easily picked up and gently put into the car. I (Frankie Furter) remember when Mango Momma got one fur HIM, don’t you?
THIS is an extra NICE one. THAT is super fur you.
Ann Staub says
Very cool product! I have seen a few senior dogs use ramps before. It’s especially helpful for dogs who can’t jump in the car and elderly human owners who cannot lift them into the car.
M. K. Clinton says
Bentley’s short legs make getting in out car difficult. I have thought about getting him a ramp so he could simply walk up and get settled on the seat. Great review!
Mitch and Molly says
What a cool ramp! We wish that we would have one of those for Maggie when she was alive and now that I’m a Senior, I could sure use one of those! You look very happy and safe, Sugar!
Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly
Malia Ragan says
What a neat product and fantastic giveaway!
I fostered an 80-pound Lab who had difficulty getting up. I had to lift her into the car and up and down stairs, and it was challenging for her and me. A ramp would’ve made it easier to get her into the car myself.
Towards the end of Cheyenne’s life, this really could have helped her. She couldn’t jump up into the car at all, but hated being lifted into it (actually being lifted *out* was worse!) Although she has passed, that has taught me that a ramp is a great thing to have on hand. Although the two dogs I have now are young and healthy, anything could happen. If either were to get hurt, this would be great for even a short time during recovery.
Oh WoW!! Thanks so much for sharing this post with us, Sugar! I had NO IDEA such a product even existed! It’s EXACTLY what I need! I’m almost 12, have a torn ligament in my hind leg (Momma’s always been a starving writer/artist who couldn’t afford to pay for surgery…plus, she always worried about anesthesia & surgery risks for my age & weight, which is ~60 lbs). Also, Momma has to pick me up several times EVERY day (for the entrance stairs in our building after walks, to put me on the bed, and for the occasional car ride adventure–because going up stairs or jumping exacerbates my pain…I also have arthritis), and she has a bad knee! Bummer your contest doesn’t apply to Canadian residents. Oh well, good luck to y’all! I’ll definitely look into this PAWSOME product!! xoxo, Destiny
That is pawsome Sugar!!! I am a larger doggie of 60lbs and sometimes if I’ve been to the vettie, Ma has to lift me up into the truck, and I would rather jump. This would be a good alternative. The ramp we have now is very heavy and so she rarely gets it out. This one looks much better!
Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom says
Boomer could benefit from a ramp due to his long legs and aging. Dottie however needs a ramp because of her arthritis and spondylosis.
Dogs N Pawz says
Scout will be 13 in November and he is having a hard time getting in and out of the car. Since he is a big dog…at least 90 pounds…he is a little big to be lifting in and out of the car. We would love to win this ramp! It would solve a lot of problems for Scout!
Kelly Ann T. says
I need a ramp so my older dog can get in and out of my SUV. It will also make it easier on the dogs that I have to transport for rescue too.
This ramp would be a huge HUGE help with Stella getting in and out of the car safely! TY 🙂
Jana Rade says
Cannot judge this particular ramp but ramps can be truly invaluable.
I have two aging female Dobermans. Emma, 12 years old, is a healthy 65 pounds, with a PRINCESS attitude. Her Royal Highness finds it rather demeaning to accept assistance from her “loyal subject” (me). So she ends up in the back of the Dober-wagon with her feelings hurt, in a big huff.
Dolly, 10 years old, is a BIG Dobergirl, weighing in at 95 pounds. She doesn’t mind accepting the help, but can’t help being a bit “clutzy” about it. And she finds the whole thing with a body that won’t do what it used to rather distressing. So SHE ends up in the Dober-wagon stressed & whining.
A ramp like this would be so much easier on their Doberman egos – and MY back!
My mom desperately needs a ramp for her old dog and her young dog!
Colleen Bacon says
Our senior girl MacKenzie has very weak back legs and is no longer able to get in and out of our car without being lifted, but, at 70 lbs., I can not lift her and our outings are limited to only those times when my husband is available for lifting. This ramp would make all of our lives so much easier and give MacKenzie back some of her independence!
Rachel T says
It is needed for my mom’s dog, Sammy. His advanced age has led to arthritis and mobility issues that make getting in and out of their van without help impossible. Plus, my mom has similar issues and can no longer lift him or give him a boost. I’m worried my mom will hurt herself trying to get him in and out. I also fear an emergency requiring a vet visit that she can’t get him to safely.
I have a 13 year old dog with mobility problems, having a ramp would make getting her in and out of the vehicle easier.
Dawn Darkes says
I need a pet ramp for my Bella. I am in the process of switching from a sedan to a large SUV. Even though Bella is a large girl she dislikes jumping in or out of the new SUV. That is fine because it is like a ramp will help prevent and possible injuries and she will be use to the ramp as she gets older.
Kelly Ann T. says
My older dog cannot jump into my suv and it is hard for me to lift him because he weighs 80 lbs.
Daily comment: my Stella needs this ramp for getting in and out of my SUV. Thanks so much for this pawsome giveaway!
Lisa F. says
I have several older dogs and a ramp would certainly help them into the car and save me the exertion!
My mom has a lot of health issues and has been afraid to try a ramp because she fears it will be too heavy for her so I really like that this one is the lightest on the market!
I love Honey’s ears as she comes down that ramp!!
Jason Diehl says
for our senior shepherd that has trouble getting up in our vehicles
Kelly Ann T. says
My senior dog, Kouga has trouble getting into the SUV.
Looks good Sugar!
My wife and I were just discussing pet ramps this weekend! Harley is a big boy and as he is getting older there are times where he hesitates to jump into the back of our SUV. He never used to do this and I am concerned that he will end up injuring himself. I appreciate your review and definitely plan to get one in the near future!
daily comment…Stella needs this ramp for the car! She has little legs 🙂
My mom is on a fixed income (disability) so while she knows that investing in a pet ramp would be a great idea for her dogs, it;s hard for her to make that happen. Winning this light weight pet ramp would be so wonderful for her!
Laine Dailey Papke says
I have a pack of therapy dogs who visit patients in the hospital. The leader of Pup’s Pack is of course Pup.
He is now 16 and although blind and deaf, still wants to go for car rides. With his arthritis it is difficult.
I would like to win this ramp so I can make his final days easier and he can continue visiting the patients.
Right now he is having difficulty going down the 3 steps off the deck to the grass outside.
My friend has a dog with cancer who has to be lifted in and out of the truck. This might make it easier for BOTH of them. If I win I will give it to them.
Tiffany's Diamond Dogs says
This would definitely be a good idea for Bella so we don’t put undue stress on her joints. The ramp would have also been wonderful for transporting a dog who had just had a spay or neuter surgery. This past weekend we went on a short trip and our foster dog recently got spayed. She’s not supposed to be jumping around, so I had to pick her up to help her in and out of the car. The ramp would have been helpful especially for that!
Linda Meyers-Gabbard says
Old age. Our gir Cinnamon just can’t hop ip into the van like she use to. I’m afraid she is going hurt herself.
Danielle E says
My Cocker Spaniel Wilson has had a burst disk and has a narrowing in his spinal column. This means no jumping on or out (on or off) of anything and minimizing stairs. While I lift him in and out of the car now having a ramp to use would be great.
Jennifer Dace says
I have a 14 year old border collie cross that can no longer jump in our truck. And I can hardly lift her anymore because of a bad leg. This ramp would be great to help out so she could go on errands and other fun trips with us. ( don’t tell her it could help get her to the v-e-t though. Ha!!)
Dawn Monroe says
This would be amazing to give to my sister in law. Her great dane has terrible arthritis and some form of joint disease but her dane loves to go in the car and camping. This would be a perfect stress and pain relief aid.
Angela Cash says
One of my pups is a 10 year old Newfie mix. One of his favorite activities is to go for rides in our SUV. It is becoming increasingly difficult for him to jump into the car and he is too heavy for me to lift him. A pet ramp would be the perfect solution so that he can continue to enjoy his joyrides.
Well, you know i have bad knees. Mom has Fybro+arthritis, so as she ages, picking me up isn’t as easy as it could be. We use a stroller often. and mom would like to get bigger car eventually, but most bigger hatchbacks are higher up……..
Ruckus the Eskie says
To help Ruckus get in and out of the higher cars in the house
Shelley P says
I have a 15 yr old spaniel mix, named Kandy, who can no longer get in the car by herself. This would be great for her!
Michelle Noble says
I have two older dogs ages 8 & 9. One has arthritus, and the other is a small dog. The ramp would be an excellent way for them to get in and out of my SUV without them or me getting hurt. Both my husband and I have fibro and chronic pain, and sometimes they try and succeed in jumping out before you can catch them. I don’t want them to get hurt. I love this product!
We’ve been looking at one of these for Sherman since getting in and out of the car is becoming harder for him.
Marci Wright says
I would like to win this for my mom. She is elderly & cannot lift her overweight chiweenie into her suv, (nor can he jump in, as he has back problems… & also hates going to the vet, lol) so it’s difficult for her to get him to the vet. This would really help her out!