People are not the only ones that face mobility challenges. Animals too can face a wide variety of troubles which lead to encountering mobility challenges. Old age, degenerative diseases, injuries, infections, paralysis, arthritis, and dysplasia are amongst the many things which are very common for animals to be affected with. Most families have grown around their beloved pets, and it can be very difficult to see their furry friends undergo such conditions. Instead of letting their animals’ ailments prohibit them from leading their best lives, many owners may opt to fit their pet with a mobility device. While this is most common for dogs and cats, other animals such as ducks, rabbits, chickens, guinea pigs, pigs, and even horses can benefit from a new set of wheels. For them, it is a necessary step in their lives as it allows animals to remain active and healthy.
In addition to wheelchairs, there are other mobility aids available. When it comes to actually picking out their new device, it can be difficult to sort through the options available to find what suits them best. There are multiple kinds available on the market, so you need to consider the needs your animal has. Keep in mind their future needs as well, as mobility can degenerate over time resulting in the need for a more substantial device.
- Carts and Wheelchairs
For animals who have lost their limbs or their mobility completely, a wheelchair can give them freedom by restoring their mobility. Two wheels are attached to a harness which is fitted around the animals’ body. There are companies which offer custom-made carts based on several different measurements, but the most common kinds are adjustable ones which fit a size range of animal. Because of the amount of options available, and the great impact it will have on your animals’ life, it is best to consult with your veterinarian.
- Harnesses and Slings
For animals who have difficulty or tire from standing but have not lost mobility completely, these are often times good options. These wrap around the hind or front legs of the animal and attach to a leash for the owner to hold. This allows assistance for the animal to stay in the standing position.
Stairs can quickly become very difficult for animals to climb up. Placing a ramp over the stairs they commonly encounter can do a lot to lessen the amount of effort which is necessary.
- Boots and Splints
If your pet has a temporary injury or is in recovery, these may be their best option. These can aid in the healing process by protecting their legs and reducing the pressure that is put on them. They are often temporary and can also help with their ability to grip surfaces and walk.
Whatever the reason may be for a mobility device, they can make a huge difference in the life of your animal. They can restore their levels or mobility and independence keeping them happy. They’ll also make a huge impact in their health, as exercise is necessary to keep them healthy for years to come.