6 Indoor Mobility Solutions for Handicapped Pets

Indoor pet mobility solution for handicapped dog

1. Improve Pet Mobility Indoors

Indoor mobility scooter for paralyzed dog

The dog wheelchair is the perfect mobility solution for paralyzed pets to use at home, whether indoors or outside. Your pet’s wheelchair is designed to help maintain their independence, to get their exercise, and play. However, for a paralyzed dog who spends most of their time indoors or extended periods of time home alone they may need a second option.

The Walkin’ Scooter is the mobility tool your pet needs to keep them active indoors. The scooter can keep your dog mobile and active inside even when you’re not around.

Benefits of the Walkin’ Scooter:

  • Easily maneuvers around corners and through doorways.
  • Able to move across multiple types of indoor flooring.
  • Comfortable to use for extended periods of time.
  • Allows paralyzed pets to lie down and rest when needed.
  • Incontinent pets can use the scooter while wearing a diaper or male wrap
  • Scooter wheels are omni-directional and roll in any direction.
See the Walkin’ Scooter in action!

2. Prevent Scrapes Caused by Dragging

When a paralyzed pet is not using their wheelchair, often their only way to move is to drag their hind end across the floor. This can lead to scrapes or rug burn across their belly, legs and feet. Give your dog the ability to move whenever they want. The Walkin’ Drag Bag is designed to protect your dog’s sensitive belly and legs and prevent scraping injuries from occurring!

Benefits of the Drag Bag:

  • Pet can wear all day
  • Allows your dog to stay active when they’re not in their Walkin’ Wheels
  • Protects chest and legs from injury
  • Water resistant to avoid messes from incontinence
  • Designed to fit all different sized pets

3. Assist Your Pet on the Stairs

Both handicapped and aging pets can need a little extra help getting up or down the stairs in your home. Help support your dog and improve their balance on the stairs with a lifting harness. There are many different styles of harnesses available and offers different levels of support. Choose a harness that best suits the level of support your pet needs:

Dog rear support leash for stairs
  • Up-n-Go Rear Support Leash – perfect for pet’s who need just a little extra support in the rear. Provides gently lifting support to maintain balance and provide extra stability up the stairs.
  • Rear Lifting Harness – a comfortable and easy to use harness that provides plenty of rear support to your pet. Works well for dogs that have little to no strength in their back legs.
  • Lift-N-Step Harness – provides support to both the front and rear legs for total body support.
  • Combo Harness – for larger breed dogs whose condition may worsen or progress over time. This harness that can adapt to their needs and provides incredible support to both the front and rear back legs

4. Improve Your Dog’s Grip on Slippery Floors

Slippery hardwood and tile flooring can be tricky for senior or handicapped pets to navigate. To prevent injury make sure that your pet has the proper footwear to keep them on their feet. Wearing traction socks and pet boots can help your dog to keep their grip on the floor with out slipping and falling. Boots provide the traction your pet needs to maintain their balance and walk with confidence when they’re inside.

5. Keep Your Disabled Pet Comfortable While Resting

Aging and handicapped pets may spend more time laying down and resting. They may require more rest than a younger dog or because they’re more comfortable.

Prevent Canine Bed Sores

Hip Donut for canine decubital ulcer

If your dog tends to be more sedentary with a tendency to rest in the same position for extended periods of time, they can develop decubital ulcers or bed sores.

These open wounds are uncomfortable and challenging to treat. A non-surgical and simple way to treat (or prevent) these sores is with the Walkin’ Hip-EEZ with donut attachment. Place the Hip Donut over your dog’s sore to gently cushion the area as it heals.

6. Prevent Urine Burns in Incontinent Pets

Urinary incontinence is incredibly common in pets with disabilities. Many of the conditions that affect canine mobility can also cause loss of bladder control. Pets with little to no feeling in their hind end, may not even be aware that they’ve had an accident or be unable to move themselves.

Contact with urine for extended periods of time can lead to skin irritation and urine burns. Prevent this, with an elevated pet bed that is designed with a mesh bed that raises your pet off the ground. If your dog has an accident, the urine flows through the mesh and into the tray underneath for easy cleanup.

By following these simple steps, it’s easy to improve your pet’s mobility indoors and keep them healthy for longer. Do you have any tips on how to keep your pet active longer? Share in the comments below!

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3 thoughts on “6 Indoor Mobility Solutions for Handicapped Pets

  1. When I click on the “rear lifting harness” it goes to the “Up and Go rear support leash”. I want to see the “rear lifing harness”

    1. Nancy – you can find the Walkin’ Lift Rear Harness here If you would like to see every style rear harness, please visit this webpage. If you have any questions or need help selecting the right style harness for your dog please call us at 888-253-0777

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