K9 Carts Blog
Pets who have lost one rear limb generally manage to do very well for many years. They basically center their remaining leg under their rear and hop or run along well, However as they get older and that remaining limb gets out of alignment with the added stress of only having one leg to balance on, they will need help.
One of my favorite sayings is that every single minute of every day, somewhere in the world someone is smiling watching a dog running around in a K9 Carts wheelchair. So what exactly is K9 Happiness?
Our dog wheelchair is convertible and therefore if your pet needs more or less support, parts can be added or subtracted to make sure it is the correct support system that your pet needs at its particular stage of mobility loss. The basic standard two wheeled cart is for the pet that has lost or is losing its ability to walk with the rear legs and is still strong in the front legs. This orthopedically designed cart gives total support to the rear, keeping the spine and body in alignment, while taking stress off the front legs.
Is my pet able to urinate and defecate when a dog wheelchair by K9 Carts? Yes! Dogs are able to eliminate when in their K9 Cart. They do not squat but tend to spread their legs and urine and feces will fall onto the ground missing the supportive frame of the wheelchair. Indoor cats of course will be unable to get into their litter boxes, so what we suggest is laying some plastic on the floor and covering it with kitty litter so the cat can roll over to it and void on the littler.
When is the best time to purchase a wheelchair? Unfortunately many owners and veterinarians believe that if they put a pet in a wheelchair, it will become dependent on the wheelchair and will lose its present mobility and desire to try and walk. Actually the reverse is true as we have found over our 50 years of providing aid to mobility impaired pets.