If your small dog suffers from weak or paralyzed hind legs, the Walkin' Pets Walkin' Wheels Wheelchair for Dogs can give her the mobility, exercise, and freedom she needs to enjoy a happy, healthy, active life. The Walkin' Pets Walkin' Wheels Wheelchair is the ONLY fully adjustable wheelchair currently available for disabled dogs; it adjusts for a perfect fit on virtually any dog. Simple snap buttons let you quickly, easily adjust the length, width, and height of the wheelchair's universal frame.
Designed to help dogs with hip and leg problems due to degenerative myelopathy, hip dysplasia, arthritis, paralysis, slipped disc, spinal and neurological problems, surgical recovery, and more, the Walkin' Pets Walkin' Wheels Wheelchair for Dogs is made of powder-coated aluminum. This lightweight, ultra-durable construction won't bend, break, or rust.
Once in the Walkin' Pets Walkin' Wheels Wheelchair, your dog will use her front legs to move, explore, and play, while her back legs lightly touch the ground or stay safely contained in adjustable ankle stirrups (the safest and most comfortable option for paralyzed dogs).
Fitting the Walkin' Pets Walkin' Wheels Wheelchair to your dog requires no complex measurements. Simply measure the height of your dog's back legs and the distance from her front to back legs. A variety of sizes simplifies your choice of the proper wheelchair.
Each size of Walkin' Wheels Wheelchair is available in blue or pink.
Each Walkin' Wheels Wheelchair includes an Allen key & set screws, wheelchair frame with extenders and connectors already attached, an extra connector for wider dogs, wheels with struts already attached, an adjustable front harness with neoprene comfort sleeves, a belly belt for additional tummy support if needed, two adjustable ankle stirrups, leg rings with hook-and-loop fasteners, an instruction manual, and DVD.
Downloadable Walkin' Wheels Owners Manual PDF.
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To measure your dog for the Walkin' Wheels Wheelchair
Simply measure your dog's rear leg height from the ground to the fold of the flank (the thin piece of skin that connects the dog's rear upper leg to her body - the area just in front of her rear leg). This may be easiest while your dog lays down. Keep her leg relaxed (with its natural bend); do not pull on leg while measuring it. Also, measure the distance from your dog's armpit to rump; start directly behind the front leg and measure along the side of the body to the back of the rear leg. Length (armpit to rump) must be 10" +.
Getting your dog used to a dog wheelchair
If your dog is dealing with mobility issues, a wheelchair gives her the opportunity to thrive. Getting your dog used to a dog wheelchair is usually easy - it usually takes mere moments for your dog to realize she can run again. Sometimes, however, your dog will require an adjustment period.
Most dogs enjoy the freedom a wheelchair provides, so it normally takes just a few minutes for them to adjust to it. Sometimes it can take longer, and in these cases training might be needed to help the dog adjust. In some cases, the personality or age of the dog can end up causing them to be leery of the wheelchair. Some dogs are put off by the sounds the wheelchair makes, also troubled if it gets hung up on furniture. Most dogs adapt to the wheelchair eventually, but some just need extra TLC to get through the process. The best results will come from you being patient, reassuring, and calm.
- Do NOT immediately put your dog in her wheelchair. This can be a frightening and unfamiliar experience your dog will not want to repeat.
- When starting the wheelchair acclimation process, offer your dog her favorite treats to reward her for walking forward. Ideally, acclimate her while she's hungry because she’ll be more eager to pay attention when treats are involved.
- Acclimate your dog to the wheelchair in short sessions (5-10 minutes), several times a day. Give your dog rest periods between sessions.
- After snapping the wheels into the wheelchair frame, leave it out and accessible, so your dog can smell it, touch it and get used to it being there.
- Once your dog is feels at ease around the wheelchair, put the front harness on her.
- Once your dog is comfortable with the harness, gently place her into the wheelchair, comforting her and offering treats as you go.
- When your dog is safely and comfortably in the wheelchair, hold treats at her nose level. Give her a few treats, then move away a bit, holding another treat in front of you. Your dog should start to walk toward you. Encourage her with positive words, a happy tone, and more treats.
Once your dog gets used to her wheelchair, it simply becomes a regular part of her happy, healthy life.
Note: Stay in control of your dog’s movement when first acclimating her to the wheelchair. Keep the dog in a clear area and on a short leash. If your dog does become frightened, disconnect the harness from the wheelchair and try again later.
FAQs about the Walkin' Wheelchair
What type of mobility issues are aided by dog carts/wheelchairs?
Dog wheelchairs can help dogs with health issues including neurological problems, hip dysplasia, arthritis, paralysis, amputations, spinal problems, surgery recovery, and weakness in the limbs. Whether a dog can benefit from using a wheelchair depends on the severity and nature of the disability.
Can my dog urinate & defecate while in the wheelchair?
Yes. The Walkin' Wheelchair helps your dog get the exercise she needs and allows her to "do her business" unobstructed.
Can my dog sit down while in the wheelchair?
No. The Walkin' Wheelchair is designed NEVER to collapse on the dog’s legs or spine. The chairs are designed with the help of veterinarians and rehabilitation specialists to hold the dog up, keeping the spine and legs in the optimal position for safety and healing. When your dog is tired, remove him from the chair.
Can my dog lie down in the wheelchair?
If you have a Dachshund or Corgi, it is OK for her to rest against a pillow or bed because their legs are so short. Otherwise, it is not recommended, due to back or disc issues that could worsen by laying down in the wheelchair.
Can my pet use his/her rear legs in the wheelchair?
Yes, we encourage your dog to use his/her rear legs to maintain muscle mass and to get exercise. If they are paralyzed, then the stirrups will keep their legs from dragging.
Will this wheelchair rehabilitate my dog?
We have seen varying degrees of recovery with dogs using the wheelchair. Some dogs have been able to improve so much that they no longer needed the wheelchair. However, your dog's disabilities are unique. While your dog is in the wheelchair, she is receiving physical therapy and improving her physical and mental health.