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Dog Wheelchair Wanted

Does anybody have a dog wheelchair for sale, rent or do you have an idea where to get one in Switzerland? We've got a appointment with the vet tomorrow evening but thought someone might have a lead.

It's for a ~20 kg border collie/australian shepherd mix who has recently lost use of her back legs
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Re: Dog Wheelchair Wanted

I have never heard of such a thing, but having searched Google for you. They do exist.

Have you tried Qualipet? I'm in there quite a bit, as the children enjoy watching the fish.

Phone: 044 835 77 77. I did a search for " Rollstuhl" under the dog section of the website and nothing came up. :-(

Other than that, theres ebay,
www.ricardo.ch

Here is an article from some German online dog magazine that just came up on google.
http://www.reichmirdiepfote.de/index.php?id=43

There is also a contact form.

Other than that I'd suggest just carrying him, or a wheelbarrow perhaps, with a second person who could hold him, as he may be a bit freaked out and want to jump out.

Hope that helps.
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Re: Dog Wheelchair Wanted

Wheels can be a godsend to a dog with limited mobility.

Generally wheels are custom made to fit the dog; an ill-fitting set can cause further problems.

I have had two sets made, both for rough collies with DM, from Eddie's Wheels in the US:

http://www.eddieswheels.com/

These are fantastic wheels, the best I found after researching different manufacturers and designs. The folks are Eddie's Wheels are truly dedicated to helping disabled animals - the founder is himself an owner of disabled dogs. The staff were very helpful - I can't sing their praises highly enough.

Eddie's Wheels delivers world-wide.

Of course, it takes a bit of time to get a set made. As an interim, and after my guy became too weak even for his wheels, we used a wagon to cart around our dogs. This was the standard wooden child's or garden wagon where the front and back panels slide out. The removable panels made it easy to get my dogs in and out. Add cushioning, and we were good to go. A quick-fix but effective. These can be purchased at Coop B/H, at Hornbach, and at Era.

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Here is a picture of the kind of Bollerwagen we used to take my guy out and about once he was too weak even for the wheels. He had another year using this, btw:

http://www.bollerwagen-zentrale.de/

I just pulled the first image I found off google; the one we have was from Era, ca CHF 79 (seven years ago). I've since seen them at similar prices in various garden/hobby stores. You can get egg-crate foam to make a pad for the wagon at Ikea or at Manor for CHF 10-20.

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The wheels were indeed a godsend; my first 'wheelie-collie' had two good years running through alpine meadows, happy as a lark, thanks to them. They enhanced his quality of life beyond all my expectations, they truly gave him a new lease on life.


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My second collie was a different character, not the fighter my first guy was, and I suspected that he would not take to the wheels. He was reluctant to leave the garden well before his back legs gave out, he was losing his sight by this time as well. Nonetheless I felt we needed to give him a chance. As I had thought, he wasn't happy using wheels, so we didn't use them for walks - he really was a homebody by nature. However, the wheels helped me to get him to and from vet appointments - he was too heavy for me to carry - so I consider them a good investment nonetheless.

Feel free to PM me anytime if you would like further info, or even a cyber shoulder to cry on - I know what it means when your dog loses mobility.

Wishing you and your dog all the very best.

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......Wishing you and your dog all the very best.
Thanks for the info and wishes. I suspect we will have a difficult discussion with the vet tomorrow. Our "puppy" is almost 16 years old. She can't see nor hear but she knows when we are near and seems happy just to be around us. Her mobility issues have been getting worse over the past year but up until a couple of days ago she was happy doing laps around the backyard a few times a day. She's been having a difficult time standing up for the past few weeks and as of yesterday she lost control both of her back legs even when we tried to prop her up. I would be happy if she could move around even for a few more weeks but I also am realistic....
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Re: Dog Wheelchair Wanted

Paxti, as an alternative, do you think some extra support with shoes or a sling/walking aid might help?

I used Sabro Toffler-Pfotenschutz shoes and SKO-Verbandschutzschuhe to give my second collie extra support - the soles gave him some extra traction on our tiles, helping him to stabilize himself when his legs started to give way. The Toffler are sold in pairs, the SKO singly. These can be purchased from Sabro in Germany or from Fressnapf here in CH.

http://www.sabro.de/pfotenschutz/

Also, my guys had less trouble on rugs than on tiled or wooden floors, so I tossed down rugs and runners everwhere.

Another option is a sling, easily made from a bit of toweling. The sling will keep your dog from falling, and you can guide her as she tries to walk. (Will save your back as well.)

Check out the 'Links' on the Eddie's Wheels site - there are several products for handicapped dogs linked, some of these might be helpful to you.

If nerve degeneration is part of what is going on with your dog, you might want to ask your vet about vitamin B injections. The injections gave my guys definite relief; we had them roughly monthly for the last year.

With my second collie (the non-wheelie boy) we tried a last-ditch option: anabolic steroids. Now - your dog's overall health and condition needs to be considered carefully before going this route. Long term use is not recommended, but in our case that was not an issue. We saw improvement for some time after the shots - perhaps this is something to discuss with your vet as well. The anabolic steroids did not get him running but they did give him a bit more muscle mass - and I think kept him upright a bit longer. He certainly was more comfortable.

I can honestly say that both my guys were happy, even with limited or almost no mobility, for quite some time. They could not do all the 'normal' dog things, but their quality of life remained good even if their horizons were limited. Your dog will tell you when it all becomes too much.

I've stood in your shoes, I understand what you are going through - I just wish I had a magic wand to make it all better. Listen to your vet's advise, more importantly listen to your dog, and follow your heart.

Keeping all fingers crossed, thumbs pressed for you both.

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Re: Dog Wheelchair Wanted

I feel for you - one of my dogs has DM and this decision is in my future, as I really don't think wheels are likely to work for him. Having said that, once it became clear that with DM the more exercise the better, he's done so much better and is now going out 4 times a day, once for about half an hour or so, the other 3 for about 20 minutes. He clearly has some difficulty getting up (especially since he's asleep for the rest of the day and stiffens up) but otherwise is more mobile than he's been for a goodly while.

In terms of wheels, there is another chap in the UK who used to be an importer for Eddies Wheels but now makes them himself - can't remember the details but I'm sure Google is your friend
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In terms of wheels, there is another chap in the UK who used to be an importer for Eddies Wheels but now makes them himself - can't remember the details but I'm sure Google is your friend
He is Jim Colla, his company is here:

http://www.dogswheels.com/id1.html

While I don't have any personal experience with his wheels, a few posters on a dog forum I frequent do; they report being very happy with both his carts and his service.

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Re: Dog Wheelchair Wanted

We got a cat/dog stroller for my baby, Truffles, before she passed away - I have very bad back problems and can't easily manage a cat carrier. They make them in different sizes for different weight pets.

We got it from here and they were great, really helpful, very quick delivery. Highly recommended

http://www.hunde-buggy.info/

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Paxti, how did the vet visit go?
The good news is that she is "walking" again. She still can't stand up by herself but she can navigate around on flat terrain by herself once I get her on her feet and uncross her rear legs.

The vet wasn't very optimistic but we decided to give her an injection of Rimadyl and will be taking a tablet daily as well for a couple of weeks to see how it goes.
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Re: Dog Wheelchair Wanted

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The good news is that she is "walking" again. She still can't stand up by herself but she can navigate around on flat terrain by herself once I get her on her feet and uncross her rear legs.

The vet wasn't very optimistic but we decided to give her an injection of Rimadyl and will be taking a tablet daily as well for a couple of weeks to see how it goes.

I'm glad to hear that she is doing a bit better, Paxti.

One day at a time - we'll keep all fingers and paws here crossed for your girl.
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Re: Dog Wheelchair Wanted

Hi all,


I know this is a very old thread but I am trying to source a wheelchair for my nearly 15 yo border collie. She is strugling to use her back legs, once we get her up she sorts of walk a bit but I think she would enjoy short walks if she had wheels to help her navigate.
Just wondering if you managed to get wheels for your puppy in Switzerland.
I have seen the links posted and will have a look at them know.

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Re: Dog Wheelchair Wanted

Conchella, have you asked your vet for recommendations, or for a referral to an orthopedic specialist vet?

Had a conversation about wheels a couple of months ago, with the orthopedic vet my hoppity collie sees; IIRC he has sourced wheels for a client's dog from a manufacturer in Germany.

If your own vets can't advise you, if you like I could ask my vet which manufacturer he recommends and get back to you.

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I'm sorry to hear about your old girl, and hope a solution can be found. Wheels might not suit every dog - it's all about quality of life - but for those dogs who want to keep going despite their physical challenges, who are clearly not ready to give up, wheels can be a godsend.

Thumbs pressed and paws crossed for your girl.
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Re: Dog Wheelchair Wanted

Thanks so much for your reply and for offering to talk to your vet to find wheels for my girl.
We have found a second paw chair in the UK and as it happens we are going there this week end so hopefully we will have a set of wheels for her to enjoy her short walks around the garden.
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Glad to hear that you have found a solution - wishing you and your girl all the best.
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Re: Dog Wheelchair Wanted

Another mobility aid that fellow owners of doddery doglets might consider:

My elderly Belltie is wobbly on his pins but still mobile - and we need to encourage him to keep bumbling about as long as he can. Arthritis in one ankle has left the leg wonky so he now wears a neoprene splint around that ankle to stabilize it. This fits over the ankle joint and leg and closes with velcro so is quite easy to put on and take off.

The splint the Belltie wears is a Benecura Tarsal Bandage:

http://www.benecura.de/Produkte_Ther...ch/Tarsal.phps

If you think your dog might benefit from this type of additional support ask your vet. It's important to get the sizing right; because the Belltie has an enlarged ankle joint due to calcium deposits his had to be made to measure.

I've seen marked improvement in the Belltie since wearing the splint - most importantly in his confidence. He is less hesitant, more willing to tackle different terrain, take stairs, etc.
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Re: Dog Wheelchair Wanted

Unfortunately my girl has joined the doggy paradise today. Her foot was necrotic and they couldnt do anything to make it better and at her age amputation wasnt an option.
She managed to go around the garden this mornng on her new wheel chair thou.

A very sad day for us.
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Oh Conchela, I am so very sorry.

You gave your girl a long and happy life, you did the very best for her through the very end.

I hope, as raw as the loss is now, that the memories of all that you two shared will bring you a measure of peace.

You have my sincere condolences.
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Re: Dog Wheelchair Wanted

Bringing this back up, with a resource I just learned about:

TierischAnders here in Switzerland rents wheeled carts as well as sells them. Renting a cart might be a good temporary solution for those whose dogs are recovering from surgery, or for those who are considering trying out wheels but first want to see if their dog will accept them before investing in getting a set made:

http://tierisch-anders.ch/index.html


I heard about this from the info stand at the Verein für behinderte Hunde open day yesterday. These good folks had lots of info on resources available in Switzerland and Germany. I am so pleased to have found this group; the work they do advocating for our very special friends is admirable.

http://behinderte-hunde.ch
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