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Gracie has a torn cruciate ligament (don't ask, I have no idea how......). She's currently on strict rest for 3 weeks then we re-evaluate and determine if she's better, if she needs more rest or if she needs surgery
DH wants a ramp for her for getting into and out of the Jeep and Tahoe. I've been lifting her but at almost 67 pounds, she's a bit heavy for me!! Does anyone have experience with one? What one do you recommend? Any inexpensive place to purchase? Thanks in advance.
 

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Jen,
This is the one I used for Max. Sturdy and easy to work with. http://www.dogramp.com/tele72_dbl.php

It's on sale for $79.95 plus shipping of $21.95. I know a lot of people on this board use this one. I don't like the fold up ones because of the hinges. Easy to pinch fingers!
 

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How does it work? Does it slide open rather than folding open? I'm wondering about storing it in the truck when the crate is back there too. Do you have any pictures?
 

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Jen, I have a dogramp, too. Go to the website KShort posted. They have a video on how it works. It telescopes & weighs about 20 #. They have some other products too. You might want to get a seatbelt harness so that you don't have to pack both the crate & the ramp at the same time but the ramp will probably slide right in beside the crate.

I got my ramp specifically for healing of a cruciate surgery. But I've used it ever since...
 

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Originally Posted By: middleofnowhereI got my ramp specifically for healing of a cruciate surgery. But I've used it ever since...
Thanks, I didn't see the video when I looked before. How bad was the cruciate? What type of surgery did you do? How long was the recovery? Sorry for all the questions....just trying to get my ducks in a row before seeing the ortho specialist in 2 weeks. I've gotten a second opinion and we're definiately waiting on jumping the surgery gun but I like to have all my info beforehand!!!
 

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I got the telescoping kind for Lakota and it handles his 100 lbs.

Chris Wild did the rest and rehab with one of their dogs and Lakota had the ACL surgery. I think on the post that the recovery times were just about the same. 6 weeks crate rest, then 3 - 4 weeks leash walks starting small then building up. I thought Chris did the swimming therapy also.
 

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I wish I could get her into water. She loves her sprinkler but standing water scares her - even her little puppy pool.
 

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Originally Posted By: JenM66
Originally Posted By: middleofnowhereI got my ramp specifically for healing of a cruciate surgery. But I've used it ever since...
Thanks, I didn't see the video when I looked before. How bad was the cruciate? What type of surgery did you do? How long was the recovery? Sorry for all the questions....just trying to get my ducks in a row before seeing the ortho specialist in 2 weeks. I've gotten a second opinion and we're definiately waiting on jumping the surgery gun but I like to have all my info beforehand!!!
S'OK, I been there and I know how worried a person can get. I made the mistake of starting with a traditional repair with my regular vet. Big stupid mistake. When that didn't work & he suggested just managing it with rimadyl or another pain med, I looked at other options. Came up with Dr. Terry Dew, board certified surgeon who does a ton of ACL surgeries. We went with a TTA rather than a TPLO as he explained it to me. He's "cheap" but it ran me a couple thousand I think, maybe somewhat more. I don't think I want to remember! Later we had a complication from the old surgery (traditional repair) and repairing that cost more. I blame myself a lot for the bad judgement on that first surgery. The recouperation period is LONG. Lots of leash walks, lots of leash walks up and down my hillside!
If you want send me a PM and I'll try to come up with Dr. Dew's email or website so you can discuss it with him.
 

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I have the ramp that kshort posted the link to. I like it and it came in really handy when my GSD pup had his bi-lateral elbow surgery last year. I have an Xterra so lifting him would have been rough.

Perhaps you could borrow or rent one. I loan mine out to clients at our training facility when they need one for a few weeks. Shame to have to buy one if your only going to need it a few weeks. I keep mine because I have two GSD's with bone/joint problems.

Check Amazon.com as well as craigs list (maybe even post there that your looking) and of course ebay. Also call local vets offices to see if anyone left an ad on their board.

As far as water, I see your in NJ. Are you far from Cherry Hill? There is a place called Pet PT and the doc there is AWESOME. They have aqua treadmill and it is out of this world. The doc takes time to teach the dog what is going on and keeps it from getting scared to death. I have used them for two dogs.
 
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