Dachshunds are natural dog wheelchair drivers

Super Lance is back to playing ball in his power wheels

If ever there was a breed of dog who could take credit for the invention of the dog wheelchair, it would have to be the dachshund.  We’ve seen photos of dachshunds in wheeled carts that date back to the 1930′s.  Because their long back backs and short legs create stress on that fulcrum between the thoracic and lumbar spine, dachshunds have a predisposition to disc problems that often result in rear leg paralysis.  However, their indomitable spirit makes it impossible to keep a dachshund down for long.

When we first started Eddie’s Wheels, we had intended to concentrate on large breed dogs, but it wasn’t long before we realized that we’d be building LOTS of dachsie carts.  Then we adopted Daisy, a 6 year old dachshund with four herniated discs,  in order to learn the finer points of building carts for this breed.   After just a day of trying to keep her from dragging herself raw without a cart, we began to understand the challenges such little bundles of energy  could present to a caregiver.   Slings were useless.  It was like trying to lassoo a snake – she’d wriggle right out of it.  We built her wheelchair in record time.

 

Daisy loved to pose in her handknit sweater and her pink powdercoated cart.

Daisy taught us so much of what we needed to learn about caring for a disabled dachshund, from how challenging it was to measure this wiggly dog, to bladder expression, and finally the progression from total paralysis to spinal walking.   She lived for another 10 years, passing on this winter at the age of 16, and was active and healthy right up to the end, when she had a stroke.

She left us with a wardrobe of powdercoated carts that we had built for her as samples and show carts.  Her legacy provides dachshunds who come here for measurements  the possibility of going home with a Daisy loaner set of wheels while we build them their permanent carts.   Daisy just happened to be the most common size of dachshund for whom we build carts – about 12 lbs, and 9 inches long between the front and rear legs.

Such was the case today when Lena came for a measurement, just days after her surgery for an exploded disc.   Lena still had the staples down her back, but she fit one of Daisy’s carts and took right off in it.  Her mom was grateful for the loaner, because Lena is not one to lay about for long.  Here’s her video:

11 Responses to Dachshunds are natural dog wheelchair drivers

  1. gradylemond January 8, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    i have an eleven year old thats family.he has in the last two weeks lost all control of his back legs.how much would one cost?i too am disabled due to back problems,so dont have alot of cash.but most definately want to save my dog.thanx

    • leslie January 9, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

      A dachshund cart with stirrups for a dog under 20 lbs. is $370.00 plus $35 for shipping. If we have a used cart that will fit, it will be less. We need your dog’s measurements, so fill out the order form and we’ll give you a quote.

  2. Claudia Rivas June 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    My 8yr old dachshund has had knee replacement and ever since then cant walk like before. I have noticed he doesnt even try to stand up anymore he just sits there. I have been looking around for a wheelchair and was wondering what the cost would be. I dont have alot of money but it brakes my heart to see him this way. Can you give me a quote?

    • leslie June 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

      A new dachshund cart, built to his measurements is $325.00 plus $35. for shipping. This is without stirrups, so he could use his rear legs and hopefully strengthen his knees. The cart would be a great way to rehabilitate him.

  3. leslie November 19, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    Unfortunately the really inexpensive carts are not very therapeutic, so I recommend you do some fundraising to get her an Eddie’s Wheels cart. We rarely have any used dachshund carts, but once we have measurements, we can look for a used cart.

  4. virginia November 27, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    punky is a 2 1/2 year old dachshunds mix she has the dachshunds body she is 11 lbs she is starting to lost control of her back legs do to intervertebral disk disease this is new to use so would these wheels her from losting all control of her legs

    • leslie November 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

      Visit http://www.dodgerlist.com to learn more about managing IVDD in dachshunds. A cart will help to support your dog in a healthy normal stance and give her a better quality of life. I would not be able to say that a cart will prevent her IVDD from getting worse – the usual advice is to keep her quiet (crate rest) for 6-8 weeks.

  5. Cathy July 11, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    I need some support and information. Our ten-year-old, male dachshund just experienced a herniated disc on Saturday. He is on crate rest and is still heavily medicated. We are heart-broken. He seems so sad and confused. How long will it be before he’s able to try a cart? What will his quality of life be? I’m not sure we are doing the right thing.

    • leslie July 12, 2013 at 9:45 am #

      Visit this website, http://www.dodgerslist.com for a helpful community of folks coping with IVDD dogs. Keep your pup crate-rested for several weeks before making a decision…..dachshunds, once they are stable, do great on wheels..if ever there was a breed born to roll, it’s doxies. Call us in a couple of weeks and we’ll walk you through the cart process if he still needs one.

    • Ronda Christoph August 7, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

      Cathy,
      Our dachshund of 4 years has just suffered a ruptured disc. Like you, we are heart broken too. We cannot afford the MRI and surgery, and putting her down is not an option. She to is crated and on meds. I look forward to being able to get her a cart so she can continue on with her happy life. Feel free to email me and we can compare stories.
      Ronda xoffbrats@comcast.net

      • leslie August 7, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

        If she still needs a cart after several weeks of crate rest and medication, then contact us about a cart. Don’t despair, she’ll have a great life as a wheelie dog.

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