I could use some help with suggestions for some type of ramp. I have an 11 year (pushing 80 in dog years) old Labrador/Chow mix. She's not very tall. Her legs are about maybe 12-14 inches tall. She has made it up and down the 2 steps on the porch for all of this time, but she seems to possibly have some type of arthritis or something going on with her back legs now. Sometimes they bother her and sometimes they seem fine. Of course, we're working with the vet and such on that. While she "can" make it up and down them, she has a little bit of struggle sometimes and looks at me longingly like she is tired of going up and down them. I'd like to make it easier for her. The porch is obviously not very tall or big at all. I don't want to add anything permanently onto the porch (such as extra concrete for smaller steps, for instance - even though that is probably a really odd idea), but I was thinking of some kind of wood ramp that I could cover with maybe some type of rubber that her paws can grip. I'm handy with a variety of things, but I'm certainly not the best carpenter. I don't want it to be too steep, of course. Got any suggestions for what I could do with this? I have had a few people suggest the "single sheet of plywood from the edge of the top step down to the driveway with supports on the first step" deal. I can't figure out if it would be to have smaller steps or a ramp, but I'm thinking the ramp would be easier on her in the long run. Each step is about as tall as her entire legs, so that could certainly be an issue for an older dog. She sort of "jumps" up them now with this little hop she does. She does the same hop for the little doopstep that is about 6 inches high, but that one of course isn't as hard for her.
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