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The Standard Rear Wheel Cart

disabled dog in canine cart

This disabled border collie enjoyed many happy times at the lake in his canine cart.

  • For pets with normal strength in their front legs and shoulders,  who need assistance in the rear. Priced from $325 – $600 by size.
  • Carts are sized by dog’s weight, age, activity level, and exercise terrain
  • Optional stirrups available for dogs with neurological deficits that cause foot dragging or knuckling
  • Can be upgraded if necessary to cope with increasing levels of disability
  • All of our carts are designed to allow normal range of motion so that dogs can rehabilitate, gain muscle mass, and use their carts as “walkers.”  Here is a video of Nick, a boxer puppy recovering from a fractured spine, rehabilitate through regular use of his cart:

Neutral-Balanced Carts

Custom canine cart for disabled dog

Jamison enjoyed many more months of mobility in his neutral balanced canine cart.

  • For dogs with forelimb or shoulder pain or weakness, wobblers syndrome, degenerative myelopathy, elbow dysplasia, hyper-extension of the carpus.  Priced from $400-650.00 by size.
  • By moving the wheels slightly forward and using an adjustable support strap under the chest, the yoke will rise slightly off the shoulders, making the cart weightless for the animal.

Fully Counterbalanced Carts

disabled dogs in counterbalanced canine cart

Kiska, recovering from tick-borne paralysis, needed a fully counterbalanced canine cart to compensate for weak front legs.

  • All standard carts can be upgraded to counterbalanced by the acquisition of new axles, brace bars and a support strap.
  • For pets with serious forelimb deficits will remove up to 40% of the weight borne on the front legs.   For dogs with advanced DM,  cervical IVDD, osteo-arthritis.  Priced from $400-650.00.

The Variable Balance Cart

disabled Great Dane in canine cart

Summer, a disabled Great Dane who had Wobblers Syndrome, in a canine cart with a removable step-in saddle and variable axle.

Pictured above, a removable step-in saddle cart (can be reversed to seat females or males) with the variable balance axle. This cart fully supports the rear, with or without stirrups, and has adjustable weight bearing capability for dogs weak or weakening in the forelimbs.  Adjusting the balance is done by simply screwing the axle bolt into another position to move the wheels.   Add $50 to the price of a neutral or counterbalanced cart.

  • The full counterbalance position, with the wheels all the way toward the center of the cart, will take up to 40% of the dog’s weight off the front legs.
  • As the wheel is shifted further back, the dog bears a larger percentage of its own weight on his front legs. At the standard position, about 5% of the dog’s weight is added to front legs, making the cart track perfectly with the dog’s forward motion.
  • Appropriate for dogs recovering strength in the forelimbs following surgery or FCE, or dogs with degenerative myelopathy, taking the place of upgrades.

Removable Step-In Saddle

The removable saddle option is available for dogs for which lifting the dog into a cart is difficult or painful. Step-in  saddles are an additional $125.

  • Giant dogs such as Great Danes, Giant Mastiffs etc.
  • Dogs with weak or painful forelimbs
  • Clinic carts – removable saddles can be reversed to use for males and females

Detachable Training Wheels:

Dogs needing more support than the counterbalance provides can use detachable front training wheels.  Positioned slightly off the ground, like bicycle training wheels, these front wheels provides balance and respite for dogs too weak to support themselves full-time in the front legs.

Counterbalanced carts with training wheels are excellent rehab carts.  They encourage the dog to bear weight themselves by making it necessary for them to do so in order to turn the cart.  They have been used successfully as post-operative rehab carts, and for dogs rehabilitating from strokes. Training wheels can also be added for dogs with DM who need additional support, such as Casey, seen below.  Priced from $85-125.00 .

DM dog in canine cart

As Casey’s degenerative myelopathy made standing difficult, we added front “training wheels” to keep her from falling as she used her counterbalanced cart for a few more months.