Dogs are more than just playmates and companions, they are oftentimes our best friend so it can be very difficult when they become handicapped dogs. Moreover, they also can do many jobs that make our life easier. Seeing eye dogs, Sporting dogs, scent hounds, and herding dogs are just some of the standard examples.
But even if your dog is not of work hound stock, it still does jobs (or thinks it does) around the house like keeping unwanted visitors away, fetching your morning paper, and keeping patrol on your hedges against rodent or feline intruders. As such, an incident or condition leaving him or her handicapped or unable to use his/her limbs can be a devastating blow to your dog’s confidence and sense of usefulness. Yes, dogs have self-esteem too, and handicapped dogs can have difficulty adjusting to mobility limitations.
Get your handicapped dogs back to doing the jobs they love with Best Friend Mobility wheelchairs.
With Best Friend Mobility dog wheelchairs, handicapped dogs can run, walk, swim, and even play fetch with minimal to zero assistance. Watch your handicapped dogs flourish as they regain lost mobility, confidence, and self worth with Best Friend Mobility dog wheelchairs.
Make it easier for handicapped dogs to do their jobs by:
1. Building a ramp in your porch
Build a ramp on one side of your porch to make it easier for your dog to go up and down from your porch to your garden or backyard. Best Friend Mobility dog wheelchairs are equipped with all terrain wheels that have excellent traction so you don’t have to worry about your handicapped pet sliding down a ramp.
2. Clearing paths in your backyard
Your backyard or garden doesn’t have to be squeaky clean. Just clear walkways and pathways free of rocks and other debris that can snag or cause your handicapped dogs wheelchair to tip over. While the sleek design of Best Friend Mobility dog wheelchairs prevent these accidents, it doesn’t hurt to give your dog extra protection.
3. Training your dog again
Using a dog wheelchair will be a novel experience for your dog. Be sure to watch our video showing a handicapped dog being fitted into a dog wheelchair and taking his first steps for the very first time. Most handicapped dogs adapt to using a Best Friend Mobility dog wheelchair easily within a week or two (with some training, guidance, and encouragement). Teach them how to balance while picking up the paper and give them time to practice their walking and running skills before playing fetch with them.
Handicapped dogs can now feel useful and happy again
If you pet is fully NON-weight bearing on his/her hind legs, we recommend gradually conditioning your pet to his or her wheelchair before prolonged periods of exercise are attempted. It will take about 2-weeks for your pet to become strong enough in the front legs to compensate for the non-weight bearing in his/her new chair. We suggest starting your pet with ten minutes of exercise, walking over hard surface. Using a leash, attached in a normal fashioin to your pets collar or to the front harness is advised. Repeat twice daily for the first few days, then increase to three times a day. Once this amount of exercise is well tolerated, the amount of time can be extended to match your pet’s stamina.
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