Helping Pets With A Mobility Handicap with Pet Wheelchairs
After filing my Memorial Day blog with interviews of MWD Emir and CWD Carlos, I received a very concerned message from Carlos’ mom on behalf of Carlos’ furrend Emir: Emir’s back injury had gotten worse and he was losing the use of his hind legs. He could not walk anymore. His furrends rallied, a Chip-In was set up on facebook, and within 24 hours enough money had been raised to acquire a doggie “wheelchair” cart so that Emir could still get around. I decided to do some research into doggie wheelchairs and how pet pawrents can continue to enjoy the love of their furry companions and meet their needs when they become mobility challenged.
I turned to my furrend Indigo Wheeled Terrier Jones for advice and help with navigating the sea of information for the mobility disabled pet. Indy is an American Pit Bull Terrier and became disabled from beatings received from an abuser. He was rescued and with the help of his pawrents he became an Ambassador and Advocate for abused animals.
Indy’s wheelchair was acquired for him by Ringdog Rescue from Eddie’s Wheels For Pets through Eddie’s charity support program. Eddie’s wheelchair carts are custom built to the specific measurements and gender of the pet, as well as engineered to meet the pet’s specific disability. The wheelchairs are available in rear wheel, front wheel, quadcarts, and lightweight walkers exclusively for small indoor pets. The different styles address a different need. Because Eddie’s Wheels For Pets are customized to the specific measurements of each pet, it can take up to two weeks for delivery–but the cart will be made to fit your pet with his special handicap. There is a price chart on their website for standard and upgraded carts, as well as the specialized accessories. Eddie even has an accessory to kit a cart out for cross country skiing!!
Photo courtesy of Eddie’s Wheels For Pets
Eddie’s Wheels For Pets also provides a means for owners of Eddie’s carts that are no longer in use to be donated back for distribution to rescue groups, veterinary teaching hospitals, hospices and sanctuaries. Used carts can be refurbished and then sold for substantially reduced prices where financial resources are limited; it was through this program that Indy got his special cart. Original owners can also advertise their carts for sale on the website.
My furrend, MWD Emir, has had a setback with his back injury and now needs a doggie wheelchair cart to get around. HandicappedPets.com provides a variety of products and services for handicapped pets, and the Walkin Wheels dog wheelchair. The Walkin Wheels is fully adjustable, ships in one day, is easily assembled with no tools, and folds flat for transport. It requires only one approximate measurement to order. Because it is adjustable, it can grow as your pet grows. HandicappedPets.com also has a catalog of other items to make living with a handicapped pet easier for both the pet and the pawrents.
Photo courtesy of HandicappedPets.com
They even have it in my favorite color: PINK!
Photo courtesy of HandicappedPets.com
Here is Emir already learning to use his new wheelchair:
There are several other resources for doggie wheelchair carts. Each is slightly different from the other so the pet pawrent will want to draw their own conclusions about which one will suit their specific need. I encourage you to look at them all because there are videos that are uplifting, joyous and heartwarming. Regardless of who the maker of the wheelchair is, the prize that we can’t lose sight of is a dog being released from an invisible chain that binds him to immobility. With a wheelchair cart, he is once again free to walk, to run, to smell the grass and exercise his body and brain again, and to live life as a dog.