Wheelchairs (carts)

Your top priority is to let the disc heal completely by finishing 6-8 weeks of crate rest.

At the end of crate rest, you and your vet can better assess if a wheelchair is needed.

At the end of crate rest, many dogs are recovering to the degree that money is better spent on physical therapy to help them learn to walk again.

Keep in mind a cart is not for all day use, but rather a couple of hours at a time.

A paralyzed dog will use a cart everyday, it is better to save up for the best cart you can afford, than to purchase one that is ill fitting and inconvenient to get the dog in and out of.

A professionally made cart is likely to be much better than a homemade cart in regard to pressure points, balance & stability. Be careful where the yoke/ harness sits on your dog, you do not want to cause pain or further injury to an IVDD dog. Check with your vet or other professional.

Features to look for in a cart:

Research and reviews on carts: http://www.dodgerslist.com/links.htm


Lance's professional custom-manufactured cart shows fitting features to consider in a wheelchair.

  • yoke rests over the structural support of the shoulder blades and front legs.
  • the rear wheel height places the spine in a natural horizontal position.





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