If you’ve been around special needs pets for a while you’ve have almost certainly heard of Eddie’s Wheels. The company has designed and manufactured more than 20,000 custom wheelchairs for disabled pets worldwide. Like most of us who are passionate about special needs pets, Ed and Leslie Grinnell were first introduced to dog carts after their Doberman, Buddha, got sick. Neither of the Grinnell’s knew this would lead to a new career that would make them the leader in custom built dog wheelchairs.
Dog wheelchairs continue to grow in popularity. Thousands of paralyzed dogs have benefitted from them. Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog recently posted our Dog Wheelchair Review that compared the leading brands and described the different type of carts on the market. Some handy pet owners choose another route when it comes to getting their dog into a wheelchair. They build their own wheelchair for a handicapped pet. Below is an easy to understand DIY video they shows you how to do it. The cart is sturdy and the cost is significantly less expensive.
As a pet parent, I am always on the lookout for captivating gifts that will encourage and entertain my dogs. The goal becomes even more important if you are searching for presents that will engage an older pet who isn’t as mobile as they once were. This holiday season, I put together a short but high impact list, of my favorite Christmas gifts for handicapped and senior dogs. Each idea is designed to help your special needs dog lead their best possible life.
Muffin’s Halo looks a lot like a costume your dog might wear to a Star Trek convention, but it’s actually a functional headpiece to help blind dogs move around safely in their environment. I was excited when I was introduced to the product. I know the perfect dog that could benefit from it.
Click for UPDATE: This post has been updated to provide pet owners with information about the different types of dog wheelchairs and how to best determine if your dog needs a rear wheelchair, a front cart of a full support wheelchair. It also has the most current information on the leading dog wheelchair manufacturers. Click here to read: Dog Wheelchair Review Update.
The dog wheelchair has given the gift of mobility to dogs and other pets that would have been left helpless because of paralysis, disease, old age and injuries. Popularity of the carts is growing so I thought it was the perfect time to share a review of the top models.