Measure the Rear Leg Height to the toe pad, ideally when your pet is laying down, as shown in the photo. Do not pull the leg tight; leave some natural bend.
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Using our SureFit™ Calculator? Enter your pet’s Rear Leg Height, Weight and Breed to get the perfect wheelchair configuration for your pet.
Watch How to Measure Your Pet’s Rear Leg Height Video!
Can I buy a Walkin’ Wheels dog wheelchair on Amazon?
Yes, you can (rear wheelchairs, only). Go here to see the pros/cons of where to make your purchase!
"Can my Pet Pee and Poop in the Wheelchair?"
Yes, that’s the point of the dog wheelchair — to help your dog get the exercise he needs and do his business.
"Can my dog sit in a wheelchair?"
No. Our chair is designed NEVER to collapse on the dog’s leg or spine. We’ve gone to great lengths to be sure of it. The chairs are designed with the help of veterinarians and rehabilitation specialists to hold the dog up, keeping the spine and legs in the optimal position for safety and healing.
What’s more, the purpose of the chair is to give the dog exercise and the freedom to go outside and do his business. When the dog is tired, you should never leave him in the chair.
The reviews we have seen of the experimental sit-down spring-loaded style have not been positive. Although we have done a great deal of research, we have not found a safe way for a chair to collapse on a dog.
"Can my dog use their Walkin’ Wheels insisde the house?"
Yes. The Walkin’ Wheels is designed to be used both indoors and outside. If your paralyzed pet needs an indoor mobility solution that can be worn for extended periods of time, we recommend the Walkin’ Scooter.
"Can my dog lie down in the wheelchair?"
No, it is not recommended, due to back or disc issues that could worsen by laying down in the wheelchair.
"Can my Pet Use his/her Rear Legs in the Wheelchair?"
Yes, we encourage your dog to use his/her rear legs to maintain muscle mass and to get exercise. If the rear legs are paralyzed, then the stirrups will keep their legs from dragging.
"How Do I Measure My Dog?"
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"How soon will I get my wheelchair?"
All wheelchair orders placed prior to 12 Noon EST Monday through Friday will ship the same day. Shipping time can range from one to five business days. Express shipping options are also available.
"Is the wheelchair easy to transport?"
This Wheelchair folds flat for easy transport. Fits in tote bag. (included)
"Will this wheelchair rehabilitate my dog?"
We have seen varying degrees of recovery with dogs using the wheelchair. Some dogs have been able to improve so much that they no longer needed the wheelchair. Every dog and disability are unique. While your dog is in the wheelchair they are getting physical therapy improving their physical and mental health.
"What is the return policy?"
It is our intention that every Walkin’ Wheels user be happy with their wheelchair. If you experience problems, please call us. Often we can help with a simple adjustment. Please click here for full return policy.
"Can my dog still use his back legs with this wheelchair?"
Yes, this will help him/her develop the muscle in the rear legs while using the toe pads to push off. If the legs are paralyzed, then you will use the stirrups to hold the feet off the ground.
"How to tell if the Cart is Adjusted Properly"
When the wheelchair is adjusted properly, the animal stands in a ‘natural’ position. Here’s what to check (refer to the figure below):
A: Knuckle at the hips. If you were to draw an imaginary line from one knuckle to the other, the line would pass right through the dog’s hips where the bone of the leg meets the bones of the body. If the knuckle is not aligned there, tighten harness and/or adjust length. Allow 1" on each side between dog and black knuckle.
B: Front Support loop at the shoulder. The loop on the front harness that the extender bar goes through should be at the shoulder. Adjust the straps so that the loop is held firmly against the shoulder, then clip into wheelchair.
C: The dog’s back needs to be straight or arched up (slight hunch). In this photo, the dog’s back is arched down a little. This is NOT correct and this dog needs the Belly Strap.
D: The back legs need to be just touching, or just off the ground, depending on the health of the back legs. If the dog wants to use his back legs, then allow his feet to touch lightly. This is often adjusted by tightening the straps that hold the harness to the frame – this brings the dog’s seat up. (Take the dog out of the harness before adjusting.) If the height of the harness cannot be changed, then lengthen the leg struts. Consider boots if the feet drag. Use the stirrups if the dog cannot use his back legs or the feet are dragging on the ground.
E: The horizontal extender bar needs to be level.
"What is the difference between foam wheels and air tires?"
Foam wheels are great for all terrains. They feature a dense foam interior with an outer rubber layer. These wheels will not puncture, wear extremely well, and are easy to clean.
Air tires are for very active dogs that like to go hiking on rough surfaces. These tires are like mountain bike tires. They have a nice deep tread and a replaceable inner tube (will need to be filled with air occasionally). There is an additional cost of $40.00 for the set.
Photos & Videos
LARGE Walkin’ Wheels pet photos, sent in by happy customers!
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Watch these videos of pets enjoying their Walkin’ Wheels!
To watch an instructional video for the Walkin' Wheels LARGE Dog Wheelchair, go to the INSTRUCTIONS
Watch more videos of pets using Walkin’ Wheels wheelchairs.
For help assembling the Walkin’ Wheels, putting your dog into it, making adjustments, or getting your dog used to it, here are a variety of resources: