HEALTH & CARE

Walkin’ Wheels: Don’t Let your Dog’s Senior Years be Lame

Walkin wheelchair pup
Wyatt Robinson
Written by Wyatt Robinson

We all know that as we get older, our bodies don’t work the same as they used to. The same can be said for your poor pooch, as the signs of aging can hit your dog a lot harder and sooner, especially with their shorter lifespans.

That’s why it’s important to know the signs to look for and to ensure that you’re making your dog as comfortable as possible in his old age. Better nutrition, less intense play, and gentler treatment are just a few of the ways you can help your dog adjust to his reduced level of energy.

However, there are just some things you can’t prevent. Hip dysplasia, for example, is a genetic condition that is more prone in certain dog breeds, such as German Shepherds. There’s no way to prevent it or to eliminate the condition altogether; the only thing you can do is make your dog comfortable during these confusing times.

Lily on walkin

That is the main goal of Walkin’ Wheels, a dog wheelchair that provides mobility assistance to your dog, whether he’s a senior, recovering from an injury or surgery, or just needs a little bit of help getting around your home.

If you feel Walkin’ Wheels is a product that your pooch may need, take a look below to learn more about the wheelchair and its uses around the home.

The Walkin’ Wheels Dog Wheelchair: Product Specifications

Even if your dog can’t get around as well as he used to, that doesn’t mean that he should be treated like an invalid. The Walkin’ Wheels doggy wheelchair helps pooches to get around just as well as they used to, with just a bit of extra equipment to help them along.

With the various conditions that may impede a dog’s mobility, providing him with the means to get around will keep your dog feeling a little independent and will maintain his quality of life.

Ordering the Product & Packaging

Walkin’ Wheels manufacturers made it easy for you to find exactly the right size for your dog. Thus, before you can purchase their doggy wheelchair, they require you to input the measurements of your dog’s «Fold of the Flank» to the ground (the measurements can be provided in either inches or centimeters in the dropdown menu).

If you’re not sure what this is, you won’t have to worry. Everything is explained in great details.

Retriever at the lake

The HandicappedPets.com page also offers you the possibility to choose from three colors (pink, blue or camo) and choice of tires (foam or air). There are also special options for dogs who have had their hind legs amputated, as well as whether you need front-wheel attachments to assist with mobility.

The process couldn’t be simpler, and the fact that they walk you through every step of the development process in your dog’s wheelchair would put any dog owner’s mind to rest. Not to mention the fact that they only charge a flat shipping fee, regardless of the size of your doggy wheelchair.

Once you receive your package, you’ll discover that it comes with a lot more than just a wheelchair; you’ll also get an instruction manual and DVD to help you and your dog through the process of getting used to this new device.

And if you still have questions, there is excellent help online through instructional videos as well as access to expert customer support, online or on the phone, to help you with all of your concerns.

Design and Durability

The design itself is pretty simple, with a frame, wheels and support straps for your dog’s body. However, it’s not just the simplicity that keeps dog owners considering their product.

Amia dog using walkin

The overall frame is made from sturdy aluminum, so there’s no need to worry about the wheelchair being too heavy or starting to rust when it’s taken outdoors. It will endure whatever rough treatment your dog can put it through if he decides to go for a run (and he will!).

This wheelchair isn’t featuring a fixed size either, which can be a real concern for those who still have growing pups that require mobility assistance. Instead of forking over money for a new wheelchair every other year, this wheelchair can grow with your dog, as the entire thing can be adjusted to the growing height, width, and length of your dog.

It can also be folded up very easily and stowed away in your trunk, making it easy for you to take Fido to the park and get in some quality fresh air in the outdoors.

Unique Features

One would think that if something does break on this fabulous device that that means the entire thing has to be replaced, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Each part is completely replaceable, meaning that your dog can continue to enjoy his sprints around the yard or walking down the street after a quick phone call.

Thor running in walkin wheelchair

And because of the Lifetime Warranty, you’re not forking over tons of money to keep your dog happy and active.

Another unique and interesting feature is that there is a miniature version of this device designed for small dogs, rabbits, and even cats! There aren’t very many mobility devices available for these animals on the market, so it’s great to see the manufacturer’s being inclusive!

And if you thought this device was only meant for use during the summer, you’ll be surprised to learn that there are ski attachments too, so your dog can get around in winter just as well. The colder months can be a difficult time for immobile dogs, as the temperatures can make the joints and tendons feel a bit more achy than usual.

However, by keeping them active, it will keep your dog happy, healthy, and fit as he continues to keep those muscles toned.

Value for Guarantee and Money

Given the fountain of information and support you’re provided with, as well as a top quality product that will extend the quality of your dog’s life, this device is extremely valuable to pet owners who are looking for a way to keep their ailing dogs active.

Pug happy with walkin wheelchair

The price varies, depending on the size of wheelchair you buy, ranging from approximately $170 to $525, and that doesn’t include the price of front wheel attachments.

And because this wheelchair is adjustable, it can be easily resold to another pet owner who may have a dog that is of a slightly different built or size. It’s a great way to pay it forward to others who are in need of such helpful devices, but don’t know where to look.

Overview

Your dog may seem content with lying around all day because he can’t around as well as he used to, but that’s a surefire way to help him pack on the pounds and lose muscle definition in his legs. Instead, consider getting a doggy wheelchair to ensure that he can still do most (if not all) of the things he’s enjoyed doing.

Blaize enjoying the beach

Whether your dog has arthritis, hip dysplasia, is recovering from a surgery, or is suffering from paralysis in his hind legs, this wheelchair is a great way to bring that sparkle back to his eye and help him maintain a positive outlook on his situation. With that said, here are the pros and cons about the Walkin’ Wheels.

Pros:

  • adjustable, so it can be used by other dogs
  • durable aluminium
  • replaceable parts
  • very lightweight
  • instructions provided
  • easily transportable

Cons:

  • expensive but still affordable

Many people think that placing a dog in a wheelchair is only going to make him more depressed with his life, and that he would be happier staying at home, lying in bed all day. But if you don’t believe this article on the positive enrichment it can bring to a dog’s life, take a look at how happy these pooches are in this great video, being out and about.

Please remember that it takes time and patience to help your dog becomes used to using these kinds of devices. The experience is very new to him, so he can be a bit confused as to what is going on.

Take it slow at first, and be sure to make your dog is comfortable if he starts showing any signs of anxiety or stress. It’s better that he grows to like his wheelchair instead of learning to fear it.

Dog using Walkin during winter

Have you had any experience with this device or another one like it? Please feel free to share your thoughts and stories with us in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you.

About the author
Wyatt Robinson
Wyatt Robinson

Wyatt Robinson had a great 25-years career as a veterinarian in United Kingdom. He used to be a member of British Veterinary Association and worked in 3 pet hospitals in London and Manchester. He is shining when he sees his pets healthy and full of energy and it is his duty to help other dog owners to keep their best friends full of life.

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