A: Pets that have disabilities due to degenerative myelopathy, hip dysplasia, cervical or disk disease, spinal or vertebrae problems, a ruptured disk or neurology problems that affect the hind legs would be in need of additional support.
A: It is important that your dog has strong fore limbs to use the wheelchair to its best advantage. A small percentage of dogs will reject a wheelchair due to age, stubbornness or its personality.
A: No, because of the motion of the legs while in the wheelchair, the dog can more easily return to walking. The wheelchair is an excellent tool for rehabilitation due to injury or surgery for additional support.
A: The majority of dogs readily accept the freedom a wheelchair provides for them. It usually takes only a few days for your dog to adjust. In some cases it takes a little longer, and some training on your part may be necessary to help your dog adjust.
A: Yes, the saddle support system is designed to allow your dog to both urinate and defecate while in the wheelchair. The saddle is made neoprene that can be easily cleaned with warm water and mild soap.
A: No, your dog should never be left unattended while in the wheelchair. There's a chance that the wheelchair may become stuck or could tip over (giving your dog a bad experience). We recommend using a leash when walking your dog in the wheelchair.
A: Yes and no. Smaller dogs, such as a dachshund, can lie down; larger dogs cannot do so, and must be removed from the wheelchair.
A: A larger dog can handle a couple of smaller steps as long as he is strong with the front legs. You could assist your dog up or down a short flight of stairs by lifting the bar in the back of the wheelchair and letting your dog use his front legs to take the steps.
"Lucy, a shepherd/lab mix, has had the wheelchair for about three weeks and is really getting used to it. We live on a big hill and she is starting to make it on her own. Lucy's "big" 3 year old sister, Emma, even helps to put on the wheelchair. It's very user friendly."
Cedar Rapids, IA
LIGHT WEIGHT FRAME: Our wheelchair frames are the lightest ones available - up to 50% lighter. Yet they have the strength to support even large dogs such as Great Danes and Newfoundland!
WHEELS: We use wheels that are consistent with the size of your dog. They are pneumatic with a sealed bearing, making them maintenance free for you, and easy for your dog to maneuver in all sorts of terrain.
CUSTOM MADE: The wheelchair is built to fit your based on measurements received. Not only do we build your dog's wheelchair to fit its size but its lifestyle as well. We take into consideration its level of activity and type of terrain it plays on. Adjustments are easily made.
HARNESS: Our harness is designed to keep the wheelchair in sync with your dog's movements, and it's comfortable enough for the dog to wear while not in the wheelchair.
REAR SUPPORT SADDLE: The saddle is made of neoprene, a soft material that conforms to the dogs body but is strong enough to support its weight. By first placing the saddle on your dog and then attaching it to the wheelchair it makes it easy to place your dog in it. The saddle has a duo purpose and can be used separately from the wheelchair. Attaching the handle to the saddle allows you to easily move your dog around and support its rear end. The side release buckles make it easy to place and remove your dog from the wheelchair.