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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

How to make a Homemade Dog Wheelchair.

I decided to research about homemade dog wheelchair because I would really love to help Tina my Facebook friend who cares for dogs with special needs, I do not have the ability to help her financially, and the only thing that I can provide is moral support and some form of advertisement.

Bipp Bipp, the dog with 2 legs
Sebastian, the amputee dog
Tiger, a tripod dog
Paula, the black and white dog, she can no longer use her backlegs
In reality, It can be very difficult to keep a handicapped dog healthy without proper exercise. Without a dog wheelchair, many owners simply give up and have their pet euthanized years before it should be necessary, and we all know that euthanasia is a very hard option to take.

image source: http://www.out-and-about-with-your-dog.com/dog-wheelchair-featuring-moto.html
A major obstacle for dog owners is the expense of buying a dog wheelchair. If you are in that position, consider building (or finding a sympathetic individual to help you build) a homemade dog wheel chair. Even a large one can be constructed much cheaper than commercial kinds, especially if you can scrounge rather than buy the materials. You need to pay more than 20,000 pesos in order to get a dog wheelchair, and most of the time you need to order it online, that being said makes the wheelchair super expensive, with all the tax and service fees, plus the additional amount that you need to pay the corrupt officials of customs.

For small dogs, a PVC frame can be built very easily. A strong, water resistant fabric can act as the support. PVC is very inexpensive and the amount of fabric you need does not cost much either. Your biggest expense will be the wheels. One recommendation is threaded, plastic caster wheels

To make either a wooden or metal homemade dog wheel chair, you will need a measuring tape, saw and power drill at a minimum. In addition, some metal designs call for soldering equipment. It is best to drill holes and use nuts and bolts to fasten pieces together. Add extra holes to allow for adjustments.
image source: http://animalcentral.net/blog/veterinary-specialists-%E2%80%93-what-is-available-for-your-pet/
The supporting material for large dogs having problems with either their front or back legs usually consists of heavily padded webbing straps or brake wire suspended from the frame. Straps are often adjustable with buckles and sliders.
image source: http://turbulence.org/Works/saddest/index.php?id=211
For a dog that needs support for all four legs, a sling made of canvas or other strong material is attached to the frame. It may be best to use safety pins to fasten this material prior to making the final adjustments and sewing them together. In all cases, the design should be such that the dog can go to the bathroom without dirtying the materials.
image source: http://www.reedleycollege.edu/index.aspx?page=458
Wheels off an old bicycle, jogging stroller or human wheelchair are often used for larger dog wheelchairs. If the dog will be turning sharp corners, the axles can be set at an angle so the wheels lean inward a little to make it more stable. Wide, knobby tires will handle rougher terrain better than skinny ones. Thinner, lighter tires require less effort when your handicapped dog runs on asphalt or concrete.

Once you have finished building your homemade dog wheel chair it will be time to fine tune the adjustments. Watch your dog during movement for signs of misalignment and discomfort. Check for chafing from the supports. Be patient while your dog gets used to this new contraption that follows him around!
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  2. awesome! my husband and I are going to start making them for dogs in need

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  3. I think these dogs are an inspration to everyone. They look so happy despite their condition.

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