Wheelchairs enable pets to run and play again while living a happier, healthier, and more independent life. There are countless advantages to using a dog wheelchair and many different reasons why a pet may need mobility assistance.
- Difficulty walking, for any reason
- Hind end weakness
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- Hip Dysplasia
- Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
- Recovery from surgery or traumatic injury
- Rehabilitation for knee, spine, or hip
Dogs Get the Exercise They Need
An active dog is a happy dog. A wheelchair allows your pet to return to their favorite activities again. Their wheelchair gives them back their mobility and freedom. You are no longer limited to short bathroom breaks outside, you can enjoy a nice long walk or hike outside without your dog tiring. Walkin’ Wheels wheelchairs are ideal for both long-term use to keep dogs active or short-term rehabilitative use to get a dog back on its feet.
Improved Physical Health
Wheelchairs are life-changing tools. The physical advantages that a wheelchair provides can benefit all pets experiencing mobility challenges, regardless of their age or condition.
Physical Benefits of Dog Wheelchair:
- Increase stamina and endurance
- Build strength and flexibility
- Weight loss
- Maintain and build muscle tone in pets who have weakened
- Better circulation
- Slow muscle loss and signs of atrophy
Start using mobility support early. A dog does not have to be paralyzed to benefit from using a wheelchair. Even dogs who are in the early stages of mobility loss can improve their physical health with the help of a mobility aide. Wheelchairs are designed to provide support and stability and encourage an active lifestyle.
Even dogs who are just beginning to show signs of weakness and lose of balance can benefit from a rear dog wheelchair. While in a wheelchair, pets can continue to stand on all four legs and use the wheelchair’s support to remove excess weight off their aching joints and maintain balance, while continuing to exercise their legs. If an older pet’s health is deteriorating, it’s best to get them mobility assistance early to maximize their function, comfort, and overall quality of life.
Emotional Transformation and Well-being
Down dogs who were once highly active can become visibly depressed. They still want to do all their favorite activities, they inability to walk on their own can be disheartening and frustrating. All that changes when they get their wheelchair. The first time a dog gets into their wheelchair and realize they can stand and walk again, there is a complete transformation. The light turns on into their eyes. The ability to run, play, and engage with their family again can completely change a pet’s outlook.
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