I saw a dow who was starppedinto a contraption, that held his rear legs on a two-wheeled cart-like arrangement. This allowed the dog to walk quite normally-he just pulled himself along. The owner told me that the dog had been hit by a car, which broke the dog’s spine at the pelvis. She straps him in every day, and the dog appears to be having a normal life. my question: how hard is it to fit a dog for this type of prosthesis? And, how does the dog-er, pee? I didn’t know that such technology was available for injured dogs…I guess this woman loves her pet!
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There’s a basset hound around here with some kind of spinal injury who uses the wheels.
He seemed to pee just fine. The wheeled cart is not solid on the bottom, like a human’s wheelchair is. Although he cannot lift one leg and aim, he made a point of finding the place where my dog had urinated, positioning himself, and accurately marking the same spot.
AudreyK, not to diminish the heroic acts of paralyzed canines, but this picture seems rather suspicious (note the lack of tire marks in the sand)
I’ve met several disabled dogs (and their owners) that I’ve respected for their perseverance yet the above example “pisses” me off. Don’t plop a disabled dog in the sand and call it happy.
As for how a disabled animal urinates or defecates, my guess is that the pet owner keeps the wheelchair/apparatus clean…
I know a number of dogs who have been able to get around after severe injuries by means of small wheeled carts. IIRC it only works for small dogs, as the “dead weight” of the haunches of a big dog would be too much for his front legs to pull.
I have seen very small dogs up through about German Shepard sized dogs able to get around quite well.