Dogs are our best friends, and it worries us when they start to lose their mobility. Years back, people would feel like letting their dogs go. They hated to see them suffer due to old age.
Those days are behind us, and these days, we have an option – the dog wheelchair. You can improve your dog’s life quality by getting them a dog wheelchair.
The wheelchair has been around for almost fifty years, but many dog owners were in the dark concerning the benefits that come with a dog wheelchair.
We are going to explore how to determine the best wheelchairs and their prices. Afterward, I will show you how to make one, and this time with video illustrations.
How to Find the Best Dog Wheelchairs
Finding that your dog can’t move efficiently can be your worst nightmare, but you have no reason to worry. You can check into a store and buy a dog wheelchair customized for your pup.
We all hate disappointments; and the quality of items vary. It’s advisable to learn more about wheelchairs, especially if you are a first-time user.
Mobility problems don’t mean that the dog’s life is over, and buying a wheelchair is one way of solving the issue. A dog wheelchair role is simple.
Part of your dog’s body will be supported by the cart, whether it’s the hind or front legs or both. When he or she starts to move, the wheels of the cart will move as well and help her move around.
Regardless of the dog wheelchair that you will use, you can be sure that they all work the same.
However, a wheelchair will not solve all the issues your dog is going through. That’s why you should understand your pup’s mobility issues.
You should ask yourself, whether your dog struggles to get from point A to B, and for how long has the problem persisted?
Armed with the answers, consult your vet and he may suggest the best wheelchair for your dearest pup.
Some people opt to buy the wheelchairs while some make their own with the available resources. One of the benefits of a wheelchair is allowing your beloved dog to exercise the hind legs.
Your vet will also suggest the best exercise dog wheelchair.
What about the Wheelchair Price?
Some people build their dog wheelchairs, and they only buy the parts. That saves money, but what if you have a tight schedule or you were not born a mech?
You might have to buy a dog wheelchair either from your nearest store or order online.
When it comes to prices, they vary. You may get a wheelchair going for slightly under or above $100. The most expensive one is about $500, built for the large dogs.
All dog wheelchairs are comfortable for your dog, but some come with extra features, thus the price. Do you want an adjustable dog wheelchair? You’ll have to pay more.
Does your dog require the wheelchair with all the four wheels? Again, you will have to top up.
As the caregiver of your dog, it’s only you who understands what’s best for her. The price shouldn’t matter. You must first factor in the needs of your dog; dogs love adventure.
One minute she might be in the kitchen, and when the neighbor’s dog calls, she’s on her way out to the garden for a play. Therefore, consider buying an on and off-road dog wheelchair for her convenience sake.
How to Make Dog Wheelchair
You can decide to buy a dog wheelchair, or build one and customize it according to your dog’s preferences, and save a buck or two. Building one is simple! You only require the necessary parts, a set of tools, and a goal!
You can use aluminum pipe or PVC as the frame material. Build one that fits your dog and leaves some space for padding. The bars should be long enough to reach the dog’s shoulders from the hips, on both sides. Others should be vertical to support the wheels.
The bar should be ‘U’ shaped. Sometimes dogs tip over when running around, and you can prevent the accident by installing longer axles or angle them up slightly.
Drill screw holes on the tube while ensuring they are in line. Use screws to assemble the vertical frames where wheels will be attached.
Create a saddle that will support your dog’s weight. Make it as soft as your lap. Remember to leave some room at the rear so that the dog can rest its hind limbs comfortably. Use grips to attach the saddle and the straps.
The next step is installing the wheels. The type of terrain will help you decide the most appropriate set. If your dog spends time outside, you should consider using two large inflated wheels.
If you only want her to move around the house, you should build a wheelchair with four small wheels.
That’s to help her distribute her weight evenly and reduce any strain on its back.
You will surely get it right. Attach the wheels appropriately.
Small Dog Wheelchair and Large Dog Wheelchair
Dogs come in different sizes. The long and short Sausage Dog, the fluffy Maltese, and the royal Corgi are examples of small dogs.
There are also large dogs like the German Shepherd, the Newfoundland dog, Bordeaux, and the likes. All dog types may experience mobility issues later in their lives, and the most common solution is the dog wheelchair.
The wheelchairs come in different sizes.
You should consider your dog’s size and weight before building or buying a dog’s wheelchair.
Avoid building a weaker wheelchair, or it will break into pieces when the big pup puts her weight on it. A large one won’t be convenient for your small dog either.
He will always feel like he’s just hanging downwards from a Jeep.
The worst-case scenario is the wheelchair breaking when the dog is out of sight, and no one helps her in his predicament.
Ensure your dog is riding on a wheelchair built with her size, weight or shape in mind.
Finally, a wheelchair is therapeutic. It’s vital to keep your dog active to help them exercise and improve their health. This translates into a longer and happier life for your dogs.
It’s absolutely no one’s wish to separate with his dog or lose it. Buy or build your beloved pup a dog wheelchair and help her enjoy her old age.