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Dog Wheelchairs

Will a wheelchair help my dog? 

 Dogs can face mobility issues and disabilities just like humans, that can make it difficult for them to walk or move around on their own. Here are some common reasons why a dog might benefit from a wheelchair:
  1. Injury: Dogs can sustain injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, fractures, or nerve damage, that can result in partial or complete paralysis of their hind legs. A wheelchair can provide them with the support and mobility they need to lead a more active life.

  2. Degenerative Conditions: Certain degenerative conditions like degenerative myelopathy or intervertebral disc disease can affect a dog's spinal cord or nerves, leading to hind limb weakness or paralysis. A wheelchair can help these dogs maintain their quality of life.

  3. Arthritis: Dogs suffering from severe arthritis or joint problems may have difficulty walking or standing for extended periods. A wheelchair can relieve pressure on their joints and allow them to move more comfortably.

  4. Congenital Disabilities: Some dogs are born with congenital conditions that affect their mobility, such as malformed limbs or spinal abnormalities. Wheelchairs can assist these dogs in getting around and enjoying a more active life.

  5. Post-Surgery Support: After certain types of surgeries, dogs may need temporary assistance with mobility while they recover. A wheelchair can provide support during this rehabilitation period.

  6. Old Age: Senior dogs often experience mobility issues due to age-related conditions like muscle weakness and joint stiffness. A wheelchair can help them stay active and maintain their independence in their later years.

  7. Neurological Disorders: Dogs with neurological disorders, such as epilepsy or brain tumors, may experience balance and coordination problems. A wheelchair can help them move more easily and safely. 

It's important to note that not all dogs with mobility issues will require a wheelchair. Some may benefit from physical therapy, medications, or other forms of treatment. The decision to use a wheelchair should be made in consultation with a veterinarian or veterinary specialist who can assess the dog's specific condition and needs. Wheelchairs assist to maintain your dog’s mobility, muscle mass and allows them to continue to enjoy activities like walks and playtime with their owners. This is fantastic not only for their physical health but equally for the positive effect on their mental wellbeing. In some cases, using a dog wheelchair over consistent short periods weekly or daily in conjunction with physical therapy works wonders to improve various conditions related to balance or muscular dystrophy.
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