Evaluating your pet is the most important first step in deciding which product would most benefit your pet. Please look at the information below to help you decide which wheelchair design is needed. As always, if you have a question in regard to your pet’s specific needs; please do not hesitate to Contact Us.
Forelimb Strength & the Towel Test
Your pet must be able to walk strongly on its front legs, with its back held in a level position. Use the “towel test” to determine whether or not the above is possible. If you have a small dog or cat we suggest you take an old towel, cut two holes in it, and place the legs through the holes. Remembering to keep the back level, see if your pet will walk normally. This action simulates our cart support system. If you have a large dog, a towel under each hind leg is an easier way to do the “towel test”.
Create Homemade Towel Sling
Place Towel Sling on Your Pet
Review for Signs of Forelimb Weakness
Stumbling or knuckling with one or both front paws
Short, choppy steps or crossing over of the front paws
Splaying front legs out wide to maintain balance
Taking a few steps and stopping or laying back on the front legs
Wheelchair Design Recommendations
Rear Support Wheelchair
Your pet walks strongly with the front legs when using the towel test.
Full Support Wheelchair
Your pet has some front leg weakness (please see “signs of weakness” above) or is unable to walk with the front legs and must be supported in both the front and rear legs.