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Pet Strollers after graduation with knowledge of precautions

After graduation from post-op or conservative STRICT rest, strollers can be used outdoors for pets who tire easily or have weak legs still.

After graduation from post-op or conservative STRICT rest

Stroller features and considerations for outdoor terrain use

  1. Choose a stroller with larger wheels to provide a smoother ride over cracks in the sidewalk or other uneven paths.
  2. Never leave a dog unattended in a stroller. They are crafty, sly, and yes – talented and skilled! They can nose open the zippered mesh closure and escape. Secure the zipper handles with a twist tie. Unattended, they may decide to get rambunctious and inadvertently tip the stroller over.
  3. Make sure the interior of the stroller is large enough for the dog to fully and comfortably stretch his legs. Measure your dog from nose to tail and then add about 6 inches more. Compare the dimension you get with that of the stroller’s interior dimensions. Be careful and make sure you are reading  interior dimensions and you are sure which of the measurements are the length, width, and height. Usually the largest dimension is the height not length.
  4. Dodgerlist members discussion/review of pet strollers:

⚠️ Caution: Dogs still on post-op or conservative rest

Limit stroller use to smooth indoor flooring or outdoor on a non-bumpy, level deck.

During the conservative medical management phase of 8 weeks or IVDD dogs on 6 weeks of post-op rest, stroller use on bumpy, unlevel ground must wait. Protecting the healing disc is #1.

While pet strollers can be a good thing for us humans and dogs alike during STRICT rest, use with caution and certain restrictions indoors.

Only use the stroller indoors or on the deck when you are present to supervise. Make sure the zipper mesh closure can’t be opened by your dog.

Indoor use is helpful in keeping your dog near your side as you move room to room. Many dogs also like being up higher to see all of their home better.

Indoor use during the conservative medical management phase of 8 weeks or for post-op IVDD dogs on 6 weeks of crate rest can be very helpful for anxious dogs who do not like to be left alone in one room.

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