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Dennis M
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Has anyone come up with a ramp that will get a 70 lb. dog into their truck? We are fostering a dog, a bigger one then we planned on, and if she does not get adopted we could not stand to turn her back into the no-kill shelter. So ... we may end up keeping her if we can figure out a way to take her with us in the Volvo! Any ideas?

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 Bought one if these (pet loader link to pet loader site) a few ears ago for my then nearly disabled heeler mix. Spinal passage narrowing was causing mobility issues. I bought it and made sure we could use it, then a friend suggested k9 chiropractic. WOW, the bone cracker was amazing and Oso never did "need" the pet loader. R.I.P. little buddy. But the pet loader is an amazing system.

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We used a set of 6'-7' ramps we had made out of 2x6 wood with the alum ramp ends for another project and while it worked for our one time usage, I would probably come up with wider ones. The wife had to walk behind the granddog to keep him moving up the ramp as he was too scared. 

If the dog can climb stairs, maybe try the aluminum scissor style like Carl put on his truck for Donna to get in and out easier.

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11 hours ago, Brad NSW said:

Our 75lb rottweiller uses a ramp we bought on Amazon.  She's almost 12 years old and does just fine with the ramps   Amazon link to Dog Ramp 

You're absolutely correct.  According to the AKC, and our daughter (a vet who specializes in orthopedic care), the use of a ramp or stairs is strictly personal preference.

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On 3/19/2021 at 2:04 PM, SuiteSuccess said:

This is what Dave was referring to that my wife uses.  I guess she’s my pet.🤔

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For a large dog the 4 step pet stairs might be better but not as compact.

You have any details on those steps available?  Install/storage/function?  Do the ride on the bottom step?

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3 hours ago, aknavy said:

You have any details on those steps available?  Install/storage/function?  Do the ride on the bottom step?

For some reason can’t create a link but look up C.R. Brophy aluminum scissor steps on Amazon.com.  At the top is a “cradle” bar the steps slip into.  What I did is take my top step off drilled some holes to attach that bar and weld tacked the nuts to the inside of the step.  I then used hex head screws to attach so I could remove it easily if I want.  When not in use, I compress and store under the work station in the truck but they are pretty compact and could be stored elsewhere.

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On 3/23/2021 at 9:31 AM, spindrift said:

You're absolutely correct.  According to the AKC, and our daughter (a vet who specializes in orthopedic care), the use of a ramp or stairs is strictly personal preference.

I have seen two dogs (Trash, a chocolate lab who belonged to Jim Brumfield and my own Bullet, a chow/lab mix) who could not put enough pressure on their hind quarters/hips to walk up a ramp. Both, on the other hand, had no issues with the PetLoader. I watched Trash struggle up a ramp, took my PetLoader over and he made it right up. Jim ordered a set that day and had them delivered to the rally in Kansas while we were still there.

Nothing against the AKC or your daughter, just first hand experience with 2 old dogs who couldn't walk up ramps but had no issue with the large step platforms of the PetLoader 

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