Pet Wheelchairs or Carts

Pet wheelchairs have been around since the 1960’s.

Professionals, family, friends and your veterinarian will give you advice when faced with a pet that can no longer walk. Deciding what is best to do for your pet is not always easy.

There is another choice besides euthanasia, expensive testing and surgeries-a pet wheelchair. Handicapped pets can and do lead happy, healthy, active lives.

Some companies allow you to rent pet carts on a week to week basis.

There are different types of carts. Two wheel carts are for pets with rear limb weakness and very strong front limbs.

Front extension carts provide 80% support for pets with rear limb weakness and some front limb weakness. A quad cart provides 100% support on four wheels for pets with severe weakness in all four limbs.

Rental Advantages

Why would you rent a pet cart? The first choice is that you can pay weekly, second-you can always return it, third-your pet can “test drive it” to determine suitability, and the rent to own option is available as long as the vet recommends your pet needs a cart.

Benefits of Pet Wheelchair Use

It can speed up the rehab process and return your pet to being active quicker. It not only provides full support but allows weight bearing to protect your pets’ limbs after surgery. With a cart your pet can exercise safely which promotes blood flow and healing, reducing sores and urinary infections.

A pet wheelchair will keep your pet active and happy during recovery reducing the need for a cage where the only thing your pet can do is rest. It also prevents your pet from falling or dragging itself around, which often times prolongs recovery. A pet wheelchair can protect your pet from further injury, reducing stress and worry in addition to making nursing cares easier.

If your vet prescribes a wheelchair for your pet, most pet insurance companies will pay for the cost of renting a cart. Rental is ideal for short or long term rehab pre or post-surgery. Some uses you may consider would be spinal injury-as long as your pet is not in pain, stroke, weight reduction prior to surgery, fractured back, hip dislocations or tendon injuries of the leg.

Most pet carts are easy to adjust in height, length and width, are lightweight, easy to clean and durable. Most pet wheelchairs are portable, with slings made of padded webbing to protect the legs and paws.

You can purchase custom made or universal type pet wheelchairs. What is the difference? Custom carts require up to a dozen or more measurements to fit correctly. If measurements are not correct the cart is useless and you spend extra money to return the cart to the manufacturer. The cart may not be adjustable if your pets health changes. Adjustable pet wheelchairs are usually not recommended for growing pets.

Custom carts often times are cumbersome, and some disassembly is required for transport. Time to receive your cart can be as much as two weeks and this can be considerably long if your pet needs a cart immediately. Often custom carts are difficult to return, and not easily adapted to fit another pet.

Adjustable Pet Carts

Manufacturers

• K9 Carts Custom Carts

• Walkin Wheels Adjustable Carts

• Eddies Wheels Custom Carts

• Doggon Wheels Custom Carts

Wheelchairs have been made for

• canines

• felines

• goats

• bunnies

• ferrets

• rats

• deer

• mini-horses

• alpacas

• pigs

How Does It Work?

The lightweight frame is strong enough to hold large breed pets up to 250 pounds.

Air filled tires give your pet a comfortable ride, easy maneuverability over grass, gravel, sand, pavement and rocky or uneven ground.

Stirrups allow pets without sufficient use of rear legs to rest their legs comfortably-allowing your pet to kick back and forth for exercise. Some karts have the option of leaving the rear legs up or down depending upon your pets’ ability to use its rear legs.

The walking axle allows your pet to use the wheelchair with rear legs down.

The front harness keeps the wheelchair moving in sync with your pet and is designed with comfort in mind.

The weight adjustment is designed to allow you to easily balance your pets’ weight while in the chair. It prevents excess pressure from being applied to your pets’ front limbs and ensures the wheelchair is being used to its maximum potential. The rear support sling helps in two ways – first it supports but does not restrict natural movement, and second it can be used separately as a hand held assist.

Build It Yourself

There are plans so you can build your own dog wheelchair.

For more information you may want to visit the following websites: www.hhdane.org and www.handicappedpets.com

Summary

Pet wheelchairs have been around for 50 years in various forms. Pets now have the advantage of a faster recovery. Decreased chance of infection and increased ability to move make them an ideal choice for you and your pet. Insurance companies are willing to pay for the rental cost if your vet recommends a cart. It sounds like a win-win solution for active pets of all sizes.

Is a wheelchair right for your dog? Read about Peyton, no ordinary dog.

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