Having made his first foray into the game with Dundee, Ryan Dow soon after moved across the road to city rivals Dundee United where he signed his first professional football contract. Dow went on to make his first team debut for the Tangerines in 2010 and in 2011 went out on loan to Forfar Athletic to gain some valuable first team experience, helping the club make it into the play-offs that season.
Upon his return to Tannadice, Dow established himself as a first team regular and featured in the 2013/14 Scottish Cup Final loss to St Johnstone. Having been released at the end of the 2015/16 season - injured and with Dundee Utd relegated - Dow moved to Ross County on a season-long deal. Having fully recovered from injury Dow signed a two-year extension in May 2017.