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Rear-Wheel Carts

Standard Rear Wheel Cart

For pets with normal strength in their front legs and shoulders, who need assistance in the rear.

  • Priced from $355 – $650+
  • Carts are priced by dog’s weight, age, activity level, and exercise terrain
  • Optional stirrups available for dogs with neurological deficits that cause foot dragging or knuckling
  • All standard carts can be upgraded to counterbalanced, variable and neutral balance by the acquisition of new axles, brace bars and a support strap.
  • 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmg9aedwPMY

Neutral-Balanced Rear Wheel Cart

For pets with forelimb, shoulder pain or weakness, wobblers syndrome, degenerative myelopathy, elbow dysplasia or hyper-extension of the carpus.

  • Priced from $430-725+
  • Carts are priced by dog’s weight, age, activity level, and exercise terrain
  • Optional stirrups available for dogs with neurological deficits that cause foot dragging or knuckling
  • Includes adjustable support strap under the chest, which when used, will cause the yoke to rise slightly off the shoulders, making the cart weightless for the animal.

Counterbalance Rear Wheel Cart

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 $430-725+
  • Carts are priced by dog’s weight, age, activity level, and exercise terrain
  • Optional stirrups available for dogs with neurological deficits that cause foot dragging or knuckling
  • Includes adjustable support strap under the chest, which when used, will cause the yoke to rise slightly off the shoulders, making the cart weightless for the animal.

Variable Axle Rear Wheel Cart

The cart with the most adjustability and flexibility.

Owners have the ability to change the balance of the cart if the pet should become weak in the forelimbs.

  • Adjusting the balance is done by simply screwing the axle bolt into another position to move the wheels forward or back.
  • Priced from $480-650+
  • Carts are priced by dog’s weight, age, activity level, and exercise terrain
  • Pictured above, a removable step-in saddle cart (can be reversed to seat females or males) with the variable balance axle.
  • The full counterbalance position, with the wheels all the way toward the center of the cart, will take up to 35% of the pet'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 pet's weight is added to front legs, making the cart track perfectly with the pet's forward motion.
  • Appropriate for pets recovering strength in the forelimbs following surgery or FCE, or pets with degenerative myelopathy, taking the place of upgrades.

Removable Step-In Saddle

The removable saddle option is available when lifting a pet into a cart is difficult or painful.

Ideal for:

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

Step-in saddles are an additional $125.

Here is a helpful video showing how to put a 130 lb. mastiff into a cart with a removable saddle: Caine the Mastiff.

Here is Axel being put into his step-in cart:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjpoNJUwqXg

Detachable Training Wheels (aka Outrigger)

Pets needing more support than the counterbalanced cart or variable axle cart provides can also add detachable front training wheels.

Positioned slightly off the ground, like bicycle training wheels, these front wheels provides balance and respite for dogs that are too weak to support themselves full-time in the front legs. Also called "Outrigger" wheels, this upgrade does not offer the full support that a quad cart does, but they do prevent dogs from falling or collapsing in their carts. They are an inexpensive add-on to an existing cart for dogs with DM as they come to the end of their mobility.

Training wheels must be attached and detached every time you use the cart - an additional step in putting your dog in the wheelchair.

Counterbalanced carts with training wheels are excellent rehab carts for dogs with balance issues. 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. Priced from $85-150

Here is HotRod Mel, a Pit Bull terrier with Cerebellar Abiotrophy, in his counterbalanced rear wheel cart with front training wheels (Please note- the chest harness is not included with the cart):