Learning how to put a paralyzed dog into a dog wheelchair by yourself takes practice. This is especially true for large paraplegic dogs who can’t stand or support their own weight. The person helping the dog into the cart is responsible for lifting them while moving them into position. This might sound like an impossible task, but most pet owners successfully learn how to do it. In fact, the process eventually becomes second nature.
I was a slow in learning how to put Sophie into her cart. The lower half of her body was fully paralyzed and she could not help me. She needed to be lifted into a standing position with one hand while my other hand guided her rear legs into the wheelchair.
I was recently reminded of this maneuver when I posted a story about a paralyzed pig named Ellie Mae. It took four adults to put the 50lb piglet into her wheelchair the first time. One month later, Ellie Mae’s caretaker can hook her into the cart all by herself.
While practice makes this process easier, I thought a video showing how to put a paralyzed dog into a dog wheelchair could speed up the learning curve.
I searched YouTube to find videos of pet parents using their own personal techniques. The videos I chose also show dogs in different brands of dog wheelchairs. Some of the leading U.S. manufacturers are represented. I hope my selection includes the type of cart used by your dog so you can see the specific method.
How to put a paralyzed dog into a dog wheelchair videos
The first two videos feature pet mom Tracey Fowler helping her dog in and out of a Walkin’ Wheels cart. This fully adjustable wheelchair is sold by Handicapped Pets. Tracey became a seasoned paraplegic pet owner when her dog Hayden became paralyzed. After Hayden crossed the Rainbow Bridge Tracey has continued to adopt and care for paralyzed dogs. She has been mom to seven handicapped pets. Tracey is also a much appreciated supporter of this blog.
The third video features K9 Carts. This is the original dog wheelchair in the USA. The company has been making the lives of paraplegic dogs better since 1961.
The final video shows how Leslie Grinnell of Eddie’s Wheels for Pets puts a paralyzed dog into a dog wheelchair. Eddie’s Wheels have been making custom carts since 1999.
Why we love dog wheelchairs
The invention of the dog wheelchair has given the gift of mobility to thousands of dogs, cats and other animals who would otherwise be left helpless due of paralysis, disease, old age and spinal injuries. The benefits of these carts have made them increasingly popular over the past decade. When Sophie became paralyzed in 2008, people didn’t know what to think when they saw her on wheels. Today dog wheelchairs are commonplace.
There are wheelchairs that assist dogs with hind end weakness or paralysis, give mobility to dogs that cannot use their front limbs, and provide full support for dogs who suffer from debilitating diseases. Wheelchairs enable all of these pets to move around and play like able-bodied dogs.
Each year, Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog reviews the top US manufacturers. We give an overview of the different type of wheelchairs in the marketplace and how to determine which one is right for your pet. I hope you’ll look at the 2017 review.