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    Rear leg harnesses and wheel chairs for old dogs

    Is anyone using rear end harnesses or carts for their old dogs with back leg problems? Our old Dalmatian is healthy and happy, but his back legs have been deteriorating, and tonight he was unable to get up without assistance. He isn't in pain, and he is still very interested in the world around him, so I'm looking for ways to help him continue to enjoy his life. Our vet has been treating him with Chinese herbs and acupuncture, but I sense that we are approaching a point where he will need assistance to get around.

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    Re: Rear leg harnesses and wheel chairs for old dogs

    I don't know of anyone here that uses one, but I've seen a couple around town. They're pretty neat. Bles you for looking out for your dog this way. Did you need info on them?
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    I have been looking into wheel chairs for dogs. My dog has hip dysplasia and the vet said that one day she will have to be put down because she won't be able to walk. http://www.dogkarts.com/ go to this website. It's great. Vet didn't even tell me there was a such thing available.



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    Re: Rear leg harnesses and wheel chairs for old dogs

    I was surprised by the number of dog wheel chair sites I found when I searched. There are other items like backend leashes and other support items. Our female Dalmatian was about half the size of our old male. When she needed back end support, we used a towel as a sling under her abdomen. I tried using a towel with Harley this morning, but he was too heavy for me to support that way, and it didn't work so hot when he had to urinate. With so many options, it's hard to know what would work best. I was hoping to hear from someone who has experience.

    For now, Harley can't get up by himself, but once I hoist him to his feet, he is ready to go. It's a challenge trying to keep him from going too far. I think if he had one of those carts he'd be dragging me up the street.

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    Re: Rear leg harnesses and wheel chairs for old dogs

    As luck would have it, an acquaintance is taking her old dog in to be fitted for a wheel chair this week. She found a local company that has been building them for 40 years. I'm anxious to hear how things work out for them, and will share what I learn here.

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