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Dogs on Wheels

Veterinary rehabilitation programs use a variety of different modalities tailored to an individual patient’s needs. “Wheels,” also known as carts or wheelchairs are one of the options available to assist in facilitating the process of recovery from illness, injury or disease.

Used in combination with other therapies, carts aid in keeping joints and limbs flexible, maintain and build strength and endurance, makes nursing care easier and greatly improves a patient’s quality of life by allowing more independence. Following an illness or surgery it is important to get the patient up and moving as soon as possible. Pets don’t like being confined, and if given the opportunity, they may drag themselves around, this puts them at risk for further injury.

While carts are used more often for conditions affecting the hindquarters, they are also available for those with front leg problems. Patients with the following issues may benefit from a wheelchair:

  • Degenerative myelopathy (DM)
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Arthritis
  • Paralysis
  • Slipped disc
  • Weakness
  • Spinal and neurological problems
  • Surgical recovery
  • Birth defects

Several companies manufacture wheels for pets with as wide range of pricing. Some also rent for those needing cart assistance for a short time, others offer used wheels. The Doctors and technicians at Pawsitive Strides in Des Moines assist clients in choosing what is the best fit for their pet according to their condition and are experienced in measuring and custom fitting carts to the patient.

If you are interested in more information or an appointment for evaluation of whether wheels may offer your pet greater freedom and improved quality of life, please contact us at pawsitivestridesdsm@gmail.com or 515-575-9655.

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