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If you have a dog that is paralyzed or has hind end weakness, one of these specialized harnesses for handicapped dogs is the most important tool you can have on hand to keep your pet mobile and healthy. Harnesses for handicapped dogs are great because: they make it easier to move your dog from one part of the house to another, they aid in taking your dog outside to relieve themselves and they assist you when lifting your dog in and out of the car.
In addition the harnesses are designed to take the stress off your back as you assist your dog. And a harness gives your dog a sense of independence because it allows them to move about in the same way they did when they could walk on their own.
To direct pet parents to the best harness type for their dog, I put together a list of my top three favorite harnesses for handicapped dogs.
HandicappedPets.com has a wide variety of harnesses for dogs whether your pet is suffering from paralysis, recovering from spine surgery or needs assistance due to old age. All of the harnesses are made of a lightweight padded material that is washable and easy to put on with Velcro straps.
The company makes the Walkaround Front Harness for front end support and balance, the Walkin’ Support Sling for dogs that cannot support their entire weight and the Walkaround Rear Harness. This harness was Sophie’s favorite and we had two on hand at all times. It gave Sophie the extra support she needed when she stood up and walked. I was able to maneuver the rear half of her body while she controlled the front. The blue and black harness comes in a wide array of sizes. The long handles took the strain off my back while I helped Sophie move throughout the day.
Named after Ginger, a Golden retriever with severe hip dysplasia, GingerLead Dog Support are soft padded belly slings with a leash and harness to help dogs with weak hind legs. They’re great for dogs that are recovering from knee, hip or back injuries and for dogs with arthritis or degenerative myelopathy. The harness gives assistance to aging dogs as well. Sizes range from tiny dogs to tall male and female dogs.
Help’Em Up is a complete support and lifting harness for dogs of all sizes. It includes a shoulder and hip harness system with handles that allows a person to easily lift and give support to a dog. Help’Em Up is easy on a human’s back too. The harness is designed to stay on dog for long periods of time because it provides good airflow to the skin. The harness includes support underneath the chest and around the pelvis so a dog’s weight is distributed evenly. There is also a belly band, support straps and a moveable pelvic pad. The harness comes in a wide variety of sizes and because it’s made of a buoyant material it’s approved to be used in water therapy.
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Note: While I am an affiliate of HandicappedPets.com, I am not being compensated for this review.