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If you have a dog that’s paralyzed or has hind end weakness, a support or lifting harness can be the most important tool you have to keep your pup mobile. Harnesses for handicapped dogs are a safe way to move your dog without putting stress on your back. Too many pet owners spend their days bending down and lifting their dog so they can be taken outdoors to relieve themselves or to put them in and out of the car. The right harness can eliminate this stress.
A harness also provides your dog with a sense of independence, because it allows them to stand upright and move about in the same way they did when they could walk on their own.
Here’s a list I put together of my favorite harnesses for handicapped dogs. These are products that have been on the market for many years and one I personally used for, Sophie, my paralyzed pup.
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HandicappedPets.com support harnesses
Walkin’ Pets at HandicappedPets.com has a variety of support and lifting harnesses. They’re made for dogs who are suffering from paralysis, recovering from spine surgery or need a little extra assistance due to old age. Each are made of lightweight padded materials that are washable and easy to apply with Velcro straps.
The company makes:
- The Walkin’ Front Harness for front end support and balance.
- The Walkin’ Support Sling for dogs who can walk, but need a small amount of support.
- The Walkin’ Rear Harness for pups with hind end weakness and paralysis.
Gingerlead Dog Support & Rehabilitation Harnesses
Named after Ginger, a Golden retriever with severe hip dysplasia, GingerLead Dog Support are soft padded belly slings. They come with a leash and harness to assist dogs with weakness in their limbs, but are still able to support their own weight. They’re great for dogs 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 Harnesses for Handicapped 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 allow a person to easily lift and provide support. The harness is designed to stay on a dog all day long due to the fit and good airflow it provides to the skin. Help’ Em Up is also known for how it evenly distributes a dog’s weight. The harness comes in a variety of sizes and because it’s made of a buoyant material it’s approved to be used during water therapy.
You can find each of these harnesses on Amazon or on their individual websites.