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Commonly Asked Questions

Q. How do I know if my dog is a candidate for a wheelchair?

A. If your dog is in overall good health, but having trouble walking, than he or she is a good candidate for a wheelchair.  We can determine which design is best after evaluating your dog’s front and rear leg strength.

Q. Do most dogs adapt to wheelchairs?

A. Yes.  And most dogs adapt fairly quickly.  For dogs that aren’t quite sure or seem fearful,  we recommend taking a slow approach and allow your dog to simply check out the new wheelchair for a few days by placing it next to the food bowl, and using just the support saddle without the chair to help him or her get used to having something supporting them.

Q. Can my dog urinate and defecate while in the wheelchair?

A. Yes, as long as the wheelchair and support system are fitting properly.  Your dog will not be able to “squat” in the chair, but will be content simply being able to relieve him or herself standing up.

Q. Can my dog lay down in the wheel chair?

A. Yes and No. Smaller, shorter breeds have a much easier time laying down of course, and larger breeds with strong front legs have been known to lie down in their wheelchairs.  However, when your dog is tired, we strongly recommend taking them out of the wheel chair for rest.

Q. Can a doggie wheelchair be used indoors?

A. It depends on the size of your dog, the size of your house, etc…With the exception of large breeds such as Mastiffs, Great Danes, etc. all of our wheelchairs will fit through a standard size door.  We recommend that you do not use the wheelchair indoors with the larger breeds because of the possibility of damage to your walls and furniture.

Q. Can my dog go safely up and down steps in the wheelchair?

A. Going down a step or curb is generally not an issue.  Getting up a step or curb depends on the strength of the dog. Going up or down multiple steps or stairs will require some assistance on your part to prevent injury to your dog.

Q. How long can my dog stay in the wheelchair?

A. This often depends on the age and overall stamina of the dog.  It’s safe to say anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. Start out with shorter periods of time as often throughout the day as your schedule permits.  PLEASE DO NOT leave your dog in his or her wheelchair unattended for any length of time.  In other words, if you’re at work or place of business, your dog should NOT be left in the wheelchair alone.

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