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Did you say ‘Dog’ wheelchairs? Yes. There are wheelchairs made for dogs. You will be glad to know there is such a thing when your dog has an operation, arthritis, injury, fractured spine due to an accident or any other incident causing your dog to become handicapped. Such a device will help your dog maneuver around easier inside or outside as well as provide a way for your pet dog to play and exercise.

What Are Dog Wheelchairs?

Dog wheelchairs are devices with wheels and a harness that attaches to the dog so he can move around while unable to use the injured or handicap part of his body.

They provide a valuable way for your dog to recover from the injury and move around with greater mobility. This device is great in the event that your pet has some permanent injury and cannot use his rear legs or body for normal walking, playing and exercise.

Most dog wheelchairs are usually designed specifically for your dog. You need to specify your breed, size, and weight so the device will fit your dog properly.

How Much Do They Cost?

The cost of wheelchairs ranges from about $90 to $500 and over. Generally, the cheapest chairs are those purchased "as is" without tailoring. Generally, the larger your dog the more you can expect to pay for the wheelchair. You should be able to find great deals the internet. Your local pet store may provide suggestions as to where you can find places that sell dog wheelchairs as well.

Companies that manufacture these devices generally offer some kind of return policy in case the wheelchair does not fit properly on your pet. Be sure to find out what the refund policy is if the item needs to be returned. Don’t get stuck with a wheelchair that doesn’t fit.

What Kind of Training Is Required?

Your dog will need anywhere from one to two weeks to get comfortable with the device. Your first goal is to get him into the chair. When he is in the chair, reward him with treats. Then strap the chair to him. Reward him with more treats. After he feels comfortable, let him roam around your house. Reward him after twenty minutes or more. Then take him outside and let him play and exercise in the chair. Speak kind words to him and reward him with treats when you see he has put forth some effort to move around. Over time you will be able to eliminate the treats.

Conclusion

Dog wheelchairs are a wonderful way to assist your pet when he experiences an injury, surgery, and other types of illnesses that may cause him difficulty in trying to walk normally. Most dogs probably will not suffer a condition requiring a wheelchair; however, in case your dog faces a mishap this article was written to inform you of options you have available to help your pet dog.


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