In the past year we’ve noticed an increased demand for full quad carts for dogs. Some of these dogs are in hospice, the quad providing full support for dogs in the end stages of degenerative myelopathy, such as Kody. Kody is still mentally alert and wanting to go for walks with his sister. However, his 2 year battle with DM had reached the stage where his front legs were too weak to support him. His devoted family opted to provide him with a quad cart with a long tow handle, so that he can continue to be an active participant in their dog family.
We’ve also built a number of quad carts for dogs born with brain-damage that results in a loss of balance and coordination. For these dogs, the quad cart is especially therapeutic, providing the consistent support they need to allow them to consciously and purposefully gain control of their bodies.
Dogs recovering from Wobblers Syndrome often need a full quad to support them during a lengthy rehabilitation process following surgery or the sudden onset of quadriplegia. Such was the case of Melbourne, a 10 year old Doberman, who came to us following cervical surgery. Because he lived far away from any animal rehab facilities, the quad cart was the main tool his owner had to rehabilitate him. Within minutes of being placed in the cart, and with the help of caregivers to re-orient and position him, Melbourne was able to start moving all four legs again. After only a few months of using the cart, Melbourne has had a complete recovery.