What is a Quad Dog Wheelchair?
A full-support or quad dog wheelchair is a 4-wheeled cart that is made to support the whole body of a dog or pet. Quad wheelchairs are great for senior dogs, dogs with front-end injuries or mobility loss, and many other conditions! The Walkin' Pets quad wheelchair is fully adjustable in both height and width and the rear wheelchair is able to become a quad wheelchair by adding a front attachment!
What Conditions Can A Quad Dog Kart Help?
Cerebellar hypoplasia is a disease that causes the cerebellum to be underdeveloped, the section of the brainstem that is mostly responsible for moderating the motor impulses. Dogs and cats with Cerebellar Hypoplasia or CH will move abnormally, and be unable to have normal balance, posture, and coordination. Pets with CH can use a quad wheelchair to help keep themselves upright and stable while they walk.
A front amputation is the surgical removal of one or both legs. A dog can need a front amputation for many reasons including, cancer, an injury, or a birth defect. In order to support the loss of a limb and regain balance, pets can use a full support wheelchair while they heal to help improve their mobility!
Arthritis is a condition that results in the inflammation of the joints, causing pain and limiting mobility. Arthritis pain can become so bad your dog is unable to move on its own, the quad wheelchair can take the pressure and stress off of the joints to allow the freedom of movement.
Degenerative Myelopathy is a disease that affects the spinal cord, results in slowly progressive hind limb weakness and paralysis. While DM doesn't cause pain, in the late stages of the disease your dog will likely have become fully paralyzed and unable to stand or use the bathroom on its own.
A puppy that is born unable to stand and walk normally is typically called a "swimmer puppy" due to the way they lie flat on their chests and belly, with the hind legs extended behind and its forelegs extended to the front and/or sides. The inability to walk for a prolonged time can cause a flattened thorax that can lead to problems with breathing and prevents the puppy from eating properly. A quad wheelchair can help teach a puppy with Swimmer's Syndrome how to stand and walk properly.
Just like humans, as your dog ages, they might need a bit of extra support. A walker for a human can be just as helpful to a dog! Quad wheelchairs support your senior dog's weight and take the stress off of the joints.
Wobbler Syndrome or Cervical Vertebral Instability (CVI), is a progressive spinal disease that causes dogs to lose control over their movements. A Wobbler dog's movements become unsteady or wobbly, the uncontrolled steps make them walk like a wiggly worm. Like CH, the full support wheelchair allows the dog to keep their balance while they walk!