Front wheel carts – for pets with forelimb disabilities
Eddie’s Wheels has been developing its front wheel carts for animals for over 12 years. This simple two-wheeled mobility cart was inspired by dogs with missing or deformed front legs. It has evolved into a vehicle that can be used by pets with injured forelimbs, amputees, and brain-damage affecting forelimb mobility.
• Dogs carry up to 65 % of their body weight on the front legs.
• Compensating for the loss of a forelimb eventually takes its toll on the remaining limbs and the spine.
• The use of a front wheel cart for forelimb amputees helps preserve function in the remaining front leg, and can prevent arthritic changes to the spine and rear legs caused by hopping.
• Eddie and Leslie’s dogs, Willa and Webster, have helped us understand the challenges of owners of dogs using front wheel carts.
Other cart companies make 3 or 4 wheeled carts for pets with front leg disabilities, making it impossible for pets to sit or sniff the ground. Eddie’s Wheels simple design allows animals to sit, sniff and run. As owners of two dogs born with no forelimbs, Ed and Leslie understand the challenges of training dogs to uses front wheel carts, and are available to assist you in fine-tuning the balance of your cart.
The basic cart, built to each dog’s specifications, comes with a fully supportive breathable mesh harness under the chest. It is designed to allow the dog to use its functional legs, while taking the weight-bearing off the forelimbs. The rear yoke sits over the rump and opens to allow easy entry into the cart. A simple Velcro strap holds ties the pet into the harness over the shoulders.
Custom modifications might include a raised crossbar to allow full range of motion for dogs whose natural stride is long after years of compensating for the loss of a limb. Front stirrups can be used to elevate non-functional limbs to prevent dragging. Tip wheels and soft yokes can be added to insure stability and prevent damage to tender hips and knees.
Watch these videos of dogs celebrating life in their front wheel carts!
To order a front wheel cart please provide us with the measurements as described on this form.
It is important that the pet be held in a healthy weight-bearing standing position. This may require the assistance of one or two people holding the pet up, while a third person takes the measurements. Use a rigid metal tape measure or wooden ruler – do not use a cloth tape measure and provide us with straight-line measurements.