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Dog wheelchair

bendyfoot
July 18th, 2008, 01:41 PM
Well, I'm gonna do it.

I'm going to build Jaida a cart. I'm scouring the web for pics of four-wheel or counterbalanced carts for ideas. I've already started dumpster diving for materials (found a nice stroller with swivel wheels and lots of useable nylon fabric...maybe some of the metal too). I haven't decided whether to build with PVC pipe or metal yet, but I think I'm leaning towards metal...but PVC is so easy to work with and inexpensive, so I'm not sure yet. I want to have it ready and fitted before her surgery, so I'm not harassing her making adjustments when she's sore. It has to support mainly the hind end, but also provide some releif for her one front arm, and it has to allow her to carry some of her body weight at all times (ie no slings for the back feet to keep them off the ground). I want to have a draft plan ready by the end of the weekend.

If anyone out there has a dog using a cart, and would be willing to take pictures, I'm particularly interested in seeing the saddle component, how it's cut or fit to allow them to potty. I think I've got the jist of it, but help would be appreciated.

Any ideas or input would be great!

Dog Dancer
July 18th, 2008, 04:29 PM
Bendyfoot, I'm sorry I haven't been around for so long, and obviously missed so many things. Last I was here Jaida had had her surgery and was doing so well. Have things changed dramatically and she needs a cart or is just to make it a little easier for her? Sorry I can't offer you any info on the cart issue, but I really hope Jaida hasn't deteriorated from when I last heard and saw her sweetness. Good luck with the cart.

Dingo
July 18th, 2008, 04:33 PM
I would suggest PVC as it will be lighter overall than metal, making it easier for the dog to move.

Maybe you could modify one of those larger harnesses for support? The ones that look like this http://www.creaturecomfortsdubai.com/imgs/pucci-petwear-dog-harness.jpg or this http://www.fordogtrainers.com/ProductImages/pictures/dog-harness/leather-dog-harness/leather-dog-harness.jpg

Also, it may be obvious, but if you're building a 4-wheeled cart then the front wheels need to be able to swivel.

Dog Dancer
July 18th, 2008, 04:39 PM
Well Bendyfoot I just read back a few of your threads and see that Jaida now has dysplasia. How very sad for both of you. I know from experience how difficult that can be for them, my last dog had severe dysplasia in both hind legs. Bless you for wanting to do all you can for her. Poor thing has already been through so much and now this. So sad and unfair.:sad: Let's hope that nothing will crush sweet Jaida's spirit.

dmc123
July 18th, 2008, 05:17 PM
Neat idea - I am sure you will figure out a good plan.

I don't know anyone who has a pet wheelchair but am googling for ideas and will post the links for a few. Maybe you'll get some ideas if you haven't found these already.

Good luck,
Diane

http://www.dogkarts.com/
http://www.handicappedpets.com/dogkart/compare.htm
http://www.k9carts.com/cartgallery/index.htm
http://www.handicappedpets.com/wheelorder1.htm
http://www.wheelchairsfordogs.com/

bendyfoot
July 21st, 2008, 09:28 AM
Thanks for the links...I think I've seen most of those. I have some ideas now, and I'm going shopping tonight for some materials. We'll see what I can come up with.