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.
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, will usually need two people unless you are able to lift your pet alone. The easiest way to put a large dog down into a fully supportive wheelchair is for one person to lift the front end and the other person to lift the rear end and then with the pet over the wheelchair; the front and rear legs are guided down into the leg rings as the pet is lowered into the cart.