Month: May 2017

Journal

Dogs with Disabilities: Wheelchairs for Dogs

Understanding the Disability.

All dogs deserve the freedom and fun of going on a walk regardless of whatever disabilities they may be living with, sadly this is not always the case and not all dogs are given the opportunity to regain the freedom of mobility and as a result often effects them emotionally and mentally. Mobility is key to the happiness of all living beings and when it is stripped away it can have lasting implications, luckily there are a variety of products out in the world that will give mobility and it’s smile back to your furry friend. The dog’s disability is your responsibility to provide for and as a result your dog’s physical, emotional, and mental well being rest squarely on your shoulders.

Understanding your Options

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German Shepard in a wheelchair

Raising a dog with physical disabilities can be challenging but it doesn’t have to be difficult. There are a variety of options that need to be considered before choosing any one option. From adjustable dog wheelchairs to fixed dog wheelchairs each option has it’s benefits and drawbacks that must be considered .A series of questions can be asked to find out which wheelchair product is the best fit for your dog, literally; is your dog still growing? Is your dog big or small? These questions can help you pick out the best possible wheelchair for both you and your dog.  It is an unfortunate fact that many dogs are either born without or lose their legs in a tragic accident, as a result their are a variety of wheelchairs out there that are adjustable in size to accommodate the differently able’d puppy regain it’s mobility. However, adjustable dog wheelchairs are a time commitment requiring frequent adjustments that can be time consuming, tedious, and more expensive. If your dog is already fully grown it makes more sense to purchase a fixed length wheelchair for your dog; this will save you time and money but will also limits the diversity of the dogs that the wheelchair can benefit.

Coming to conclusions.

Dog Profile Pic

Ultimately it is your responsibility to ensure that your dog gets the proper equipment to regain it’s mobility, after all dogs can’t shop for themselves. This leaves it up to you to decide what is best for your dog’s well being which is a great responsibility that can’t be taken lightly because it directly affects our furry friends physical, mental, and emotional health in ways that we can’t truly understand.

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