Hanna Jung is one of the most creative pet owners I’ve met. When her dog, Maximus had to use a wheelchair after being diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy, she wasn’t happy that his legs were restrained in stirrups. It didn’t seem normal to immobilize his legs when he still had some strength and mobility. So, she invented roller skates for Maximus to fix the problem. The canine roller skates protected his dragging paws and encouraged him to move his legs in a natural manner.
To introduce this innovative product, Skate with Maximus is hosting a fabulous giveaway for our readers. Three lucky pups will get their own canine roller skates. The skates work for dogs with all stages of paralysis in their front or rear limbs.
Note: I am not being compensated for this post. Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog only endorses products that we feel will benefit readers of this blog and their pets.
The benefits of roller skates for disabled dogs
Skate with Maximus is an ingenious product. They’re a mobility device for handicapped dogs that also protects their dragging paws and prevents feet from knuckling.
“Maximus roller skates enables mobility in the most natural state,” said Hanna. “A wheelchair retires the legs. Taking your dog swimming or to physical therapy reminds them they have paws.
The skates encourage movement so dogs can use the function they have left in their legs.”
The roller skates protect your dog’s dragging paws with padded boots made from heavy-duty Ruffwear Summit Trex. The boots are also designed with a special cord to de-knuckle paws. They keep the toe up and the pad of the foot flat.
The boots, wheels and leg guards of the roller skates are all removable, washable and have a one-year-warranty. Skate with Maximus even adds a set of extra wheels for you to use. Dogs can use the skates while walking in their wheelchair or while walking on a leash.
Maximus roller skates are:
- Lightweight and weigh only 2.2oz.
- Covered by pet insurance
- Designed to protect and de-knuckle the paw and increase flexion
- Made to encourage dogs to move their legs, alternating between walking and skating
Roller Skate with Maximus mobility chart
The skates meet the needs of dogs at every stage of hind end weakness and paralysis. They can be worn on one paw or all four.
Here’s a chart that explains the stages of mobility
How To Enter The Giveaway
Please leave a comment about why your dog would love to win a pair of skates from Roller Skate with Maximus. (You must live in the contiguous United States to enter)
Entries will be accepted through Thursday October 10, 2019 at 1pm EST. The winner will be notified via the email address you leave in the comment. (Be ready to answer my email when I write to say your dog is the winner.)
We’ll announce the names of the winners in our newsletter.
The story of Hanna and Maximus
Maximus came into Hanna’s life when he was just 10-weeks-old. He was her first dog and the love of her life.
When he turned 10-years-old, and while Maximus was being treated for a brain tumor, he began to show signs of weakness in his right hind leg. It twisted when he walked. Radiation eliminated the tumor, but the weakness in his rear legs got worse.
After 8 months he got his first wheelchair. Maximus was diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy (DM). Unfortunately, the progressive neurological disease is common in Boxers. DM strikes dogs between the ages of 8-14. It starts with hind end paralysis and moves to the front limbs and then to the respiratory system.
Maximus adored his wheelchair. Hanna took him in it to all of his favorite hiking spots with his canine buddies and for long walks in New York City. But when his legs were in the stirrups, he often lost his balance.
Hanna elected to buy him boots instead. But they caused Maximus to drag his legs and he managed to tear up every boot she bought.
That’s when the idea of adding wheels came to her. At first, she bought roller skates that were made for dolls and later she moved to more sturdy skates for toddlers. Ultimately Hanna made her own skates.
Maximus wore them until he passed away in August, 2019.
If you want to learn more about Roller Skate with Maximus, please check their website. You can find these unique canine skates on Amazon too.