This is a short article to introduce you to a little-known product from Walkin’ Wheels that can be a big benefit to your paralyzed dog all winter long.
Dogs love to be outdoors whether they’re able-bodied or they get around on wheels. It’s great for their health and their happiness. And just because winter’s making its mark all across the country, our fur kids don’t have to get stuck inside. Winter is the perfect time to add a dog wheelchair ski attachment.
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Walkin’ Wheels Skis for dog wheelchairs
If you haven’t heard about them before, Walkin’ Wheels by Handicappedpets.com makes a ski attachment for their dog wheelchairs. The skis are easily exchanged with the tires and struts on your pet’s cart.
The ski attachment is made for rear support dog wheelchairs. It’s designed to give your pup extra traction as they glide through the snow on hikes or daily walks.
Eddie, pictured above, is a big fan of the skis. His pet mom, Angela P. had this to say about them.
“Eddie loves the snow and his skis make it so much easier for him to get around.”
Dogs love to play in the snow, especially when their families are by their side. But a mobility problem can limit their ability to enjoy the winter fun. Many disabled-dog products don’t operate well through snow, ice and cold, forcing dogs to stay indoors more than they should.
The unique design of the ski attachment allows pups to romp, play and hike over snowy terrain with ease.
Sizing and installation
The skis come in sizes that are compatible with the mini, small, medium and large Walkin’ Wheels. That way every dog, from toy and small breeds to dogs that weigh up to 180lbs. can take advantage of them.
The attachment is easy to install. Pet owners simply push the buttons on the frame to remove the wheels from their dog’s cart and then snap the skis into place.
To choose the correct size ski for your pet, refer to the size based on your dog’s current Walkin’ Wheels. There’s also a handy and easy to understand chart online to help guide you. Next, measure the strut on your dog’s wheelchair from end to end, as well as the diameter of the rear wheel. With that information in hand, you’ll be ready to choose the right ski attachment.
Remember, the Walkin’ Ski Attachment is compatible with Walkin’ Wheels rear support dog wheelchairs only.
Here’s what people are saying
Ayana and her owner use the ski attachment at their home in Canada. Here’s what her Pet Mom Jill M. shared about their experience.
“We are thrilled with them! Despite having the pneumatic wheels (I know not recommended for dogs less than 50# or in a medium chair), but she is hard on her chair, doesn’t let it hold her back. The wheels would get stuck in the wet snow rendering her immobile.”
Sharon W. wrote to say her dog Sophie Loves her skis.
Keep them mobile year round
Disabled dogs need to keep mobile year round to achieve their fullest quality of life. Devices like dog wheelchairs have been an incredible bonus in this regard and the ski attachment takes mobility to the next level. Pair the skis with a warm dog sweater and your pup will be happy all winter long.
Is there a winter-time product you’ve found to be especially helpful for your paralyzed pup? Please let me know in the comments. I’d love to highlight it in a future story.
Thanks to all of the pet parents from the Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog Facebook page for sharing their photos.