How to Choose the Right Pet Stairs for Dogs

If you're concerned about your little four-legged friends jumping off or onto high-up furniture, then considering new and used dog stairs might be the solution for you. Dog steps come in a variety of materials and styles to better blend in with your decor or enhance your dog's comfort. Check out your options on eBay.

Dog stairs materials and options

When selecting pet steps, you have to make sure the material you choose is ideal for your home. Dog stairs are made in several materials, which gives you options like:

  • Plastic
  • Foam
  • Wood
  • Carpet/Upholstery
  • Metal

What size dog stairs are right for me?

Dog stairs are available in sizes such as small, medium and large. Each size stair has weight limits that should be considered for dog safety. The other consideration to note when buying dog stairs is where you will be using them. Take note of how high the furniture is from the ground. Will you be using the stairs with, say, the couch and the bed? If so, make sure these heights are compatible with the stairs you have your eye on; you might need to buy stairs of differing heights.

What features do doggie stairs offer?

Dog stairs offer human and canine members of the house significant benefits. The small ladders allow dogs to get where they want to be without risking back, head or leg injuries and remove the need for their human owners to constantly have to pick them up and transport them from one area of the house to the other. Features to consider that offer benefits to dogs and their owners include:

  • Slip-resistance
  • Collapsible/foldable
  • odour-resistance
  • Portability
  • Ease of cleaning

What's the difference between indoor and outdoor pet stairs?

Pet owners may need separate stairs for indoor and outdoor uses. For outdoor use, pet owners should consider stairs that are weather-resistant and easy to clean. Metal, wood and plastic are great for outdoor use while foam, carpet and covered pet stairs are ideal for indoor use.

What kinds of dogs use pet stairs?

Doggie stairs are great for dogs of all sizes, breeds and ages. Small dogs benefit from dog stairs because it reduces stress on their joints by reducing the number of times the dog has to jump each day. Senior dogs will benefit from stairs and dog ramps because it allows them to regain some of their independence by helping them reach places they can't reach any longer on their own.