not be used until crate rest for the
Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
episode has been completed and upon
advice of your vet:
important design points for IVDD dogs
using a wheelchair:
to avoid unwanted stresses on the
spine which may lead to further disc
problems in IVDD dogs. There should be
practically NO yoke pressure on the
shoulder area. The shoulder area is
supported by the legs and if there is
to be any light pressure that is where
it should be, not on the weaker back.
well-designed wheelchair will keep the
body aligned and not increase pressure
points on the spine. The back should
be aligned straight and in natural
position for the body, i.e. the rear
is not higher than the front.
wheelchairs appropriate for an IVDD
dog come in a wide range of prices.
does not advocate a particular
manufacturer. The two photos below are
for educational purposes to show correct
positioning of the yoke over the
to get in and out of. Yoke
or harness opens completely making
putting dog in cart fast and hassle
free. Yoke locks and opens quickly.
seating. Cart design needs
take into consideration where the
dog's weight is supported
to avoid skin breakdown or friction
sores. The dog's weight needs to be
supported in a well-designed and
footprint. Doesn't have
parts sticking above, on the side or
out in back. Easier to use in the
house around furniture and not get
caught in outdoor branches, etc.
amount of support and least amount
of side to side swaying as
adjustments required. Will
take a good number of measurements to
get custom fit for your dog. There is
no one size fits all in a good cart. A
cart should have many areas to adjust
in case a minor tweaking is needed
once you receive the cart at home.
Email a photo back to the manufacturer
for comment on the fit for your dog.
should be none or minimal.
Aluminum is strong and lightweight,
does not rust, but pricier. PVC is
sturdy, light weight, maintenance free
and cost effective.
to be lightweight and
properly balanced so the dog does not
have to strain pulling a heavy cart.
which do not require inflation,
less maintenance. Larger, thicker
tires roll better over rougher
terrain and through snow. All
carts have the potential to tip
over, angled tires can help with
to impede normal range of leg
motion. If your dog begins
to walk, he needs to put his feet
down. There should be no hindrance to
natural leg movement while still being
supported, making it a rehab tool
your homework before you buy. Ask users of
carts what they like/don't like about
their cart, what experience they had in
communications with the manufacturer,
warranty, how satisfactorily any problems
were attended to.
A cart is used every day and several times
a day. Dogs will use a cart for a couple
of hours at a time, not all day long.
must always be supervised when in a cart.
All carts can tip over.
Training a dog to use a