Pet Mobility & Care
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DOG WHEELCHAIR GIVES PETS MOBILITY AGAIN
The most extraordinary thing happened while out spending my time doing garden things.
I was standing in line at the Lowes garden center checkout and turned around and there she was. I’ve heard of a dog wheelchair before, but I’ve never seen one, let alone one in use by any dog.
That’s where I met Maggie and her mom.
It was dog wheelchair magic
I quickly asked Maggie’s mom if I could take her dog’s picture and of course she said yes. That’s when I learned her name was Maggie.
I told her how my daughter’s white boxer Kicker, has a hard time getting around these days. She suffers from a rapidly progressive degenerative disease called Degenerative Myelopathy.
In need of a dog wheelchair
My granddog Kicker showing signs of progressive Degenerative Myelopathy. Maggie’s mom was thrilled to share the information about the dog wheelchair.
I learned that Maggie is 18 years old and has used the dog wheelchair for over a year. I was totally impressed the way she patiently stood in line at the checkout as if she were eight years old instead of 18. She handled herself beautifully.
Maggie could no longer walk and needed assistance
Maggie was an old girl when she got her dog wheelchair. She was almost 17 years old at the time. She is nearly blind and can’t hear, yet she happily uses her wheelchair without any difficulty.
Maggie’s mom (I later found out her name is Judie), said that when Maggie could no longer walk (over a year ago), the dog wheelchair was the answer, and literally a life saver.
Judie asked me for my email address so she could send me all the contact information for K9carts, the maker of these wonderful contraptions. Judie said she would email me when she got home, so I could tell my daughter and perhaps help Kicker. I am very grateful that I met Judie and Maggie today.
The K9carts dog wheelchair
K9carts offers 4 different product models. Full Support dog wheelchair (with four wheels), Rear Support dog wheelchair, Cat wheelchairs, and a Front Support add-on for those who have a need later-on after purchasing the Rear support model.
Full Support wheelchairs range in price from $325 to $798. The price for a new Rear Support wheelchair is $225 to $579. Cat wheelchairs cost between $229 and $329. The Add-on Front Support Kit runs between $100 and $219.
The K9carts are specifically made for different dog sizes and weights. There are nine different size wheelchairs ranging from xx-small to xx-large, with weights ranging from under 5 lbs. to over 115 lbs.
After choosing a wheelchair based on size and weight, fitting your pet is done by taking nine different measurements. These nine measurements make sure it fits properly and supports your pet while walking and in many cases, running. You can view the complete measurement diagram HERE.
Is a dog wheelchair worth the cost?
There was a time when I thought buying a dog wheelchair was a waste of money. After all, it’s just a dog. That was then, this is now. After seeing Maggie use her wheelchair, I have changed my mind.
Maggie gives happiness to her mom, and she has already added over one year to her long life of 18 years. The most important factor with pets is that they have a good quality of life. Even though we try to prolong the life of our loved ones, our own needs must come second. In Maggie’s case, she and her mom have the best of both worlds.
This can be a very difficult decision to make when a beloved pet is suffering and knowing there are solutions available to help them have a better quality of life is always welcomed.
Let us know about your dog. What is their age, breed and why they need assistance. If you are at the stage of thinking about getting a dog wheelchair and have questions or concerns