When is it time to get my dog a wheelchair?

Most dogs will not accept assistance as long as they can get themselves around on their own, but once they start dragging their legs, it’s time. Most of the dogs we see here will continue to uses their rear legs for awhile when they first get their carts, as they still have a sense of weight-bearing and can move their legs from the hip, even if they are unable to properly place their feet.  We encourage people to allow their dogs to use the cart as a walker for as long as possible. Once the rear legs no longer can aid in propulsion, it’s time to use the stirrups prevent foot dragging and wounds.

Appears in: About Dogs with Degenerative Myelopathy