One of the most important benefits of using a cart is for the mental health of your pet. Carts provide a sense of freedom your pet needs. A cart will allow your pet to accompany you on walks, play, and sometimes run faster than the other dogs since they now have wheels. They can still reach the ground to sniff every mailbox, or pick up a toy or ball; they can go in shallow water, on the beach or mountain trails and through the snow. And when they’re tired, they can comfortably relax.
Carts can also be used to maintain physical strength in elderly pets or those with degenerative disabilities. These carts are versatile and adjustable to accommodate individual needs. As your pet becomes stronger, the cart support can be reduced, ensuring that your pet continues to work and build strength and function. Carts used for pets with degenerative disabilities usually start out providing light support while still allowing your pet to exercise and maintain muscle strength for as long as possible. As the degenerative disease progresses, the chair can be adjusted to provide more support, maintaining ambulation and providing a good quality of life.
Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology commonly uses carts during the rehabilitation process after spinal injury, spinal surgery and during the treatment of neuromuscular disorders. The chairs are easily adjustable, providing adequate support and allowing longer exercise sessions. This helps to build up muscle strength and balance. Wheelchair carts are also recommended for patients with degenerative spinal disorders. Maintaining a regular exercise program acts to slow the degenerative process, providing your pet with a greater quality of life.
The rewarding look in your pets’ eyes and the slight smile on their face, that only you as a parent can see when your pet walks away from you with little difficulty and without your support is priceless. Carts are especially helpful in large dogs simply because of their size. Once in the chair, you don’t have to help support their weight. This will eliminate the need for a second person to help you. Pets can urinate and defecate in the chairs without making a mess of themselves or the chair, which makes everyone happier. Because your pet will become more mobile and spend less time lying down, the chair will help prevent bedsores, aggravation of arthritis and stiff joints.