How to Keep Handicapped Pets Mobile

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Just like people, there are some pets that need assistance in mobility. You may have a geriatric animal that is simply having trouble getting around, or you may have adopted an animal that was born with a congenital defect whereas they are missing a one leg or more. Or, your companion may have been in a sudden accident, such as being hit by a vehicle, and will require help walking or even a leg replacement.

Usually, when a pet loses a limb, it is harder on the owner than the animal. Animals can bounce back quite well, and a lot of this depends on the attitude of the owner. Luckily, there are many types of equipment out there for animals to get around with ease. These mobile devices allow the pet to enjoy a good quality of life, and a long life, at that! If you have an animal that suddenly needs help with mobility, take a look at these; hopefully, one of them will meet your loving companion’s needs!

Wheelchairs

Wheelchairs are very commonplace, with people and with animals, too. There is a huge variety of wheelchairs on the market today, so many, in fact, that a pet owner who is in search of the supreme set of wheels for their loved one will certainly be able to find it! Wheelchairs come in many different materials, from malleable plastic to titanium, and can fit any size of four-legged friend. They also have a nice variety of wheels to choose from, so your animal doesn’t have to change his lifestyle because of his wheelchair wheels.

If your animal loves to go on long walks on a dirt road or loves to romp in the field, he will be able to continue doing so. Animal wheelchairs also come with accessories to attach on to them, such as space to carry their treats and toys or, if needed, a catching bag for those who have a little trouble relieving themselves. For any animal that has any condition that enables them to walk on their own, wheelchairs are the idyllic alternative.

Body Wheels

Some animals do not have their front legs due to birth defects or an injury. Body wheels are very much like wheelchairs, but the legs are able to each be mobile, each of them moving on separate wheels and joints. Body wheels are prosthetic in that they fit under the torso of the animal with joints that extend down to the wheels. The wheels are not only move forward and backward, but they turn as well, giving any dog without front or back legs the ability to live a happy and fulfilled life.

Body wheels also come in different models, depending on your “terrain” and size of animal. Many animals that only stay around the house will only need the basic wheels, but if your animal likes to go on adventures, then you will need a more “treaded” wheel suitable for the outdoors. Of course, little animals that are lightweight, such as a Chihuahua or Maltese, will only require smaller wheels, and vice-versa.

Body Harnesses

If you have a pet that has lost a limb but can still get around on his own, a body harness, or hip harness, gives the benefit of mobility without wheels. They come in different styles, but most of them perform the same task: they wrap around the torso or hip area (depending on the style) and have handles. You can pull up on the handles to help your dog stand from a resting position, help them walk when they are having some difficulty due to arthritis or other joint (or nerve) pain, or even hold your lighter animal by putting the handles across your shoulders.

Body harnesses are ideal for animals that just need a little boost, and they are convenient and easy to put on. They are also quite comfortable and can be worn throughout the day.

Pet Stairs

Even short-legged companions need assistance in helping them get up on a bed or a couch, and pet stairs are perfect for that. Using pet stairs helps pets get up on their comfortable space without having to strain by jumping. They can prevent injury from occurring due to the jumping over time. An older pet can definitely benefit from pet stairs, too. They come in several different widths and heights; some are carpeted, and some are equipped with a non-skid surface.

Pet stairs can also save your back as well! Constantly having to pick up your loved one to sit with you can have a negative impact on you over time.

A Ramp

You may have a pet who is just getting older and needs some assistance getting up the steps. If he is older and arthritic (or suffering from a similar condition) you probably are not having him use the steps often, especially floor-to-floor steps. Still, you may have a deck or porch that has 5 or so steps that he needs assistance with, and a ramp is perfect for that.

There are ramps available in many lengths on the market, but you can save some money by making your own. There are many resources online to help you accomplish this, and with lumber and some tools you can craft a ramp specific for your pet.

If you find that your companion, over time, needs assistance getting around or if your animal is in a sudden accident that causes him to lose one or more limbs, hope is on your side with the enormous variety of equipment available for virtually any injury, diagnosis, disease, condition, or ailment. Many mobility devices can be custom made to fit your pet and can be specified to fit your pet’s disability. Also, your pet insurance companies may cover at least some of the cost of your pet’s maneuvering device, depending on the diagnosis and the need. It is very refreshing knowing that manufacturers take into consideration the needs of special needs animals and give them the life they deserve.