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FAQ’s about Dogs with Degenerative Myelopathy

What is Degenerative Myelopathy?   DM is an auto-immune disease similar to ALS in humans.    The DM gene has been identified in over 100 breeds of dogs, but is most common in German Shepards, boxers,  and corgis.  We  have seen it in pugs, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Bernese Mt. dogs, airedales, wheaten terriers,  wire haired fox terriers,  Read More

Rehabilitating quadriparetic dogs in Eddie's dog wheelchairs

You might wonder what would possess someone to attempt to rehabilitate a quadriplegic dog.  Ten years ago we were faced with this dilemma ourselves: our 10 year old Doberman was suddenly rigid, stuck to the floor unable to lift her head and unable to use any of her four legs….Radiographs confirmed our worst fears – Read More

Front wheel carts for forelimb disabilities

Eddie’s Wheels is the inventor of the front wheel cart – we built our first one twelve years ago for a dog living in rescue who was born with deformed forelimbs. Front wheel carts constitute a significant percentage of our business, as we are the only canine wheelchair company that makes a simple 2-wheeled device Read More

Mass Vet Referral Blog features Eddie’s Wheels

As a local New England company, we've cultivated our relationships with many major veterinary surgical and emergency hospitals and animal rehab centers. We have found  that their referrals have sparked our own creativity and  added to our depth of knowledge.   It was referrals from Angell Memorial, Tufts Vet School,  Mass Referral, among  others, that inspired Read More

Why We Love the Help-em-up Harness

Just about any dog who might need a wheelchair also needs help moving around the house, getting in and out a car, navigating stairs – and for these short trips, a manual assist is necessary.  It’s not unusual for us to see dogs here being carried in with a towel wrapped around their bellies with Read More

How it's Made in America – Assembly and Fabrication of an Eddie's Wheels Dog Wheelchair

Here at Eddie's Wheels, we are very proud of the fact that we build every cart from scratch at our workshop in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.  This picturesque New England village also boasts the longest operating knife-making factory in the United States (www.lamsonsharp.com).  Faced with competition on the marketplace with “made in China” , one size Read More

Why Eddie’s Wheels Carts do NOT cause decubital ulcers .

Eddie Grinnell, the founder and designer of Eddie’s Wheels carts, is mechanical engineer by trade, so when he was faced with the prospect of designing a wheelchair for his own paralyzed Doberman, he looked at the skeleton of a dog  to create a cart that would support the dog on its bones. Our vets had Read More

Pure Bred Dogs are Prone to Disabling Genetic Diseases

If it were not for the existence of pure-bred dogs, there probably would not be enough demand for dog wheelchairs to support the half-dozen dog wheelchair companies in the U.S.    In a recent issue of All Animals, the magazine of the Humane Society of the United States, the cover article was about the increasing prevalence Read More

The Real Deal – Personal Service at Eddie’s Wheels

The best  part of working at Eddie’s Wheels is meeting  those customers who travel to come here for us to meet, evaluate and measure their pets.   IWe see an average of a dozen disabled pets every week at our facility.  Shelburne Falls, our hometown, is a charming New England hilltown, nestled along the banks of Read More

Daisy, Chief Executive Dog

While our Doberman,  Buddha, was the inspiration for Eddie’s first canine wheelchair, we were not in business very long when we realized there was so much more we needed to learn about different dogs and their disabilities. In an effort to learn more specifically about dachshunds, who comprise over 20% of business, we adopted Daisy, Read More