Milo, our nine year old boxer mix, was felled just 1 month ago by a FCE with instantaneous total rear leg paralysis. Luckily, he kept bowel and bladder control along with his tail wagging ability.
We talked with our HandicappedPets.com representative right away and received our Walkin' Wheels wheelchair just a few days after his spinal stroke. This dog was completely paralyzed in the back legs, and now he is getting function back and we are amazed with his progress.
I know that this progress is in large part due to keeping him active, happy and exercised in the Walkin' Wheels. It's the perfect rehabilitation tool - allowing him to exercise in comfort, preventing muscle atrophy, joint stiffening and depression. Most importantly, it provides stimulation of the nerves lost to the emboli providing physical therapy just as we would in humans with a functional deficit or injury.
Using the rear harness and the wheelchair made our lives so much easier. We could more easily move him around the house and yard. We used pepperoni at first and worked with the wheels daily, gradually improving his technique and stamina.
Now, only 3 weeks later, we are taking long walks in it and he is almost back up to his normal trotting pace of before the stroke. At about week 2, we noticed his back legs suddenly were starting to move while he was 'wheelin' one day, and now he is getting some function back. It seems he gets more back every day, and the wheelchair has been a huge part of that.
I can't say enough good things about the Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair and the Walkabout harness. It takes only a little bit of time to get set up, adjusted properly and training. Now, it's fast, easy and he gets so excited when the wheels come out.
Not only have the wheels made our lives and his easier, but I feel getting him right into the wheels is totally responsible for his fantastic progress. Don't hesitate to purchase one of these for your pet, it will keep your friend active, healthier, happier and encourage whatever rehabilitation is possible.
Dawn Meicher, RN, MSN, ARNP, Family Nurse Practitioner, Washington State.