Dog carts are to pets what wheelchairs are to humans. Just as humans use wheelchairs when they grow older and are unable to use their limbs to walk due to weakened muscles, dog carts help older dogs with weakened limbs regain mobility and help them lead a healthy and happy life.
Earlier these carts where difficult to come across and could not be bought off the shelf. They usually had to be custom made according the size and weight of your dog. However, nowadays, dog carts can be purchased online. All you need to do is give one measurement that will decide the size of the wheel required for your dog cart. The height, width and length of the frame are adjustable to suit the breed of dog you have – you can make it smaller for a daschund and taller for a German shepherd.
In principle, these dog carts work in the same manner as a horse cart of yester years. They have a set of wheels at the rear and a yoke or harness that is fitted and fastened under the dog’s neck. When the dog moves its front legs, the wheels roll forward and provide the required support and momentum that help the animal pull or drag his hind legs forward. This means that your dog can move around freely when he is in the cart. He can walk around and explore your garden, go for his daily walk to get exercise and most significantly can do his ‘business’ with more dignity. If you have doubts about whether it can help your dog and whether your dog would adapt quickly to using it, take heart. This device has helped millions of dogs regain a more normal life by offering them mobility. Some dogs even learn to use it well enough to be able to swim! In addition, if it does not work for some reason, you can return it as most sellers have a return and refund policy within a specified time.
Therefore, whether your dog is suffering from severe fractures, old age related diseases such as Hip Dysplasia, degenerative myelopathy, arthritis, spinal wear and tear, or neurological disorders these carts can help him move about. Dog carts also help dogs who are in postoperative recovery regain use of their limbs faster. They are a blessing as they can help your pet lead a relatively happy, healthy and independent life and save you the difficult decision of having to put them down rather than seeing them suffer.