Wheels for Dogs with Bad Hips? Are They Any Good?

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In this blog post, we will look at pets that have disability issues and wheeled carts or walkers for dogs that can be used to help them get around.

But before we dive in, if you wanted a really detailed look at this topic, please check out this post with some of the best dog wheelchair reviews.

When are Wheels for Dogs with Bad Hips Ideal?

Several conditions can cause a disabled dog to need a dog wheelchair to get around, including:

  1. One or more missing legs (front or back legs)
  2. Paralysis
  3. Injuries
  4. Certain diseases
  5. Amputations
  6. Accidents that cause disability
  7. Canine hip dysplasia
  8. Back problems such as herniated discs (often in longer dogs like corgis or weiners)
  9. Invertebrate disc disease
  10. Nerve damage
  11. Degenerative Myelopathy

Basically, any conditions that cause the dog to lose the use of one or more legs, and it might need a set of doggy wheels to get around.

Particularity when outside or going for walks where the terrain is too difficult for the dog to limp or drag itself around.

Should Your Get a Set of Wheels for Your Pet Dog?

YES! If you have a disabled dog that is healthy in other ways and can still live a happy life with some help, you should buy them a wheelchair.

Wheelchairs for dogs can make a huge difference in the quality of life for your pet dog. Did you know you can make a DIY Dog Wheelchair Out of a Baby Stroller?

Just like they can be life-changing for humans, they are also life-changing for our four-legged friends.

BTW – You might find these exercises for dogs with hip dysplasia useful.

Check these Dogs Out for Inspiration!

Sadly some dog owners are a bit wary of putting their dog on a set of wheels.

Some people even think it might be cruel, and the best thing to do is to put the dog down!

We could not disagree more! And we think the best way to prove this is to show you some videos of dogs living amazing lives while being disabled and using a wheelchair.

In this first video, the quality isn’t great, but there are lots of dogs on the beach all running around on their wheels.

These dogs are very clearly delighted and healthy and enjoying their dog wheelchairs.

This one shows a close up of Marley being fitted with and then trying out his brand new set of wheels.

Why Do Dogs Need Wheelchairs?

Dogs can need wheelchairs for a variety of reasons. Some dogs may have difficulty walking due to an injury or illness, while others may be born with conditions that affect their mobility, such as hip dysplasia. In some cases, older dogs with bad hips may also need wheelchairs to help them get around.

What are the Benefits of Using a Dog Wheelchair?

There are many benefits to using a dog wheelchair.

  • A dog wheelchair can help improve mobility for dogs that have been injured or have a disability.
  • It can help your dog maintain their physical health by allowing them to exercise and maintain their muscle mass.
  • Dog wheels can help reduce the risk of obesity in pets.
  • Using a dog wheelchair helps prevent injuries and reduces risks when interacting with other dogs.

How to use a Dog Wheelchair Correctly

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the way you use a dog wheelchair will depend on the individual dog’s needs and abilities. However, there are a few general tips to keep in mind when using a wheelchair for a dog:

  • Make sure the wheelchair is the correct size for your dog.
  • Help your dog become comfortable with the wheelchair by letting them explore it at their own pace.
  • Start with short periods of time

How to Clean and Care for Your Dog Wheels

It is important to clean your dog’s wheels regularly to prevent the build-up of bacteria and mold.

The best way to clean and care for a dog wheelchair may vary depending on the make and model of the wheelchair. However, some general tips on how to clean and care for a dog wheelchair include:

  • Wipe down the wheelchair with a damp cloth after each use.
  • Remove any dirt or debris with a brush or vacuum cleaner.
  • Deeper cleaning instructions can normally be found in your manufacturer’s instruction manual.

When Should You Use a Dog Wheelchair?

There are a few instances when it might be necessary to use a dog wheelchair. If your pet is having difficulty walking, using the wheelchair can help them get around easier. Additionally, if your dog has suffered an injury or been in an accident, the wheelchair can provide support as they recover. And finally, if your dog is obese or has health problems related to their weight, using the wheelchair can help them lose weight and improve their health.

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