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How to Place Your Pet in a Wheelchai

Placing Your Pet in a Rear Support Wheelchair

With smaller pets, you will need to raise the pet's rear, slide each leg through the individual leg rings, and then fasten the strap over the shoulders.

With large pets, as long as they don't have bad knees, you can try the following method, which is sometimes easier than lifting your dog under its abdomen. First, see if you can get your pet to stand on all four legs, if even for a moment. Then, as you stand alongside, lean over your pet, place one hand in front of each knee and, keeping the legs straight, guide the rear legs down through the rings. This prevents your pet from pulling its legs up and getting caught in the rings. Lifting your pet this way has the advantage of not needing as much strength as you would if lifting it under the abdomen. However, if your dog is totally paralyzed, and is unable to stand on all four legs for even a moment, it is difficult to lift your pet this way.


Placing Your Pet in a Full Support Wheelchair

For small pets, you will need to pick your pet up, position it above the cart, and guide all four legs straight down through the leg rings. Once all four legs are in the cart, off it goes!

Our larger pet wheelchairs, for dogs over 41 pounds, have removable leg rings that make it easier to lift larger pets in and out of their carts. With the removable leg rings, you place your pet’s legs in the leg rings and, using the two handles, lift the pet’s rear to position the rear leg rings into the cart. Simultaneously lift the front legs, using the same process as for the rear. Even with the removable leg rings it is best to use two people to help lift your pet into its cart, especially if it is totally paralyzed. Please see Products-Quad Cart (Four wheel, fully supportive) for a picture of our removable leg rings.

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