Dachshunds can be tough to size properly for a wheelchair, but we've got the best options sorted below for you.
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Short-legged and long-bodied, Dachshunds are the small and sturdy dog with a steadfast temperament inherited from their hound ancestors. Sometimes referred to as Weiner Dogs or Doxies for short, the Dachshund finds its way into all kinds of living conditions because they are such a versatile breed with a personality that is so easy to love and plenty of intelligence to go around. These dogs are just as curious as a cat, but far more friendly, and that has allowed them to snag a number 12 out of 195 rank in popularity by the AKC.
If you're considering whether or not to get a wheelchair for your Dachshund that has trouble walking, there are many benefits from letting your Dachshund walk by themself. And if your Dachshund has a difficult time walking, then your Dachshund may benefit greatly from a dog wheelchair. Using a dog wheelchair is a really good way to help a Dachshund who has trouble walking or needs extra support get around on their own.
With sleek, muscular builds and a generally resilient body, Dachshunds do tend to be a healthier small breed. Thanks to their hound heritage, these dogs break away from some of the typical small-breed health concerns. However, there are a few general health concerns every Doxie owner should watch out for in their canine pal.
When considering a wheelchair for you Dachshund, there are several things to consider that will greatly help your Dachshund get around, most importantly: Support Required, Sizing and Fit for the Wheelchair.
The majority of people in the market for dog wheelchairs are buying for Dachshunds with injured or amputated rear legs. If this is your situation, what you need is a rear-support dog wheelchair. These consist of two wheels at the back with a harness to attach the wheelchair to your dog. They’re suitable for a Dachshund with strong front legs but no or limited use of their hind legs.
Full-support dog wheelchairs are designed for Dachshunds who have limited use of all four legs. They’ll still need to have some use of their front legs to move themselves around, but these models can be set to take varying amounts of weight off the front legs (in addition to completely supporting the rear legs), making it much easier for injured or infirm Dachshund to move around.
The SitGo, wheelchair allows Dachshunds not only to get up and go but also to sit and relax even in their wheels! Made of the same durable, lightweight materials as our rear leg and quad support wheelchairs, the SitGo is the first of its kind to allow for voluntary sitting and lying down.And, because the rear can be lowered, getting your Dachshund in the wheelchair—especially if he or she is big and heavy—becomes an easier, no-lifting operation.
The physical benefits of being able to be mobile and exercise include improved stamina, increased joint flexibility, better circulation and keeping muscles from atrophying. Additional exercise also helps your dog have healthier lungs and heart.
By adding a wheelchair to your dog's life, you help them experience things they naturally love to do, like foraging, exploring and even simply following you and being by our side. By increasing your dog's mobility and range of activities, you help him / her have a life that is more fulfilled.
By adding a wheelchair to your dog's life you increase his / her ability to do things. Since your dog will no longer be limited to simply laying down, you will see increased alertness level & awareness, better skills in communication and higher levels of confidence.
When you take your dog with you places and aren't limited by his or her mobility challenges, you increase time together and that ultimately makes your dog so much happier. Having a dog wheelchair helps you include your dog in activities that you may have had to eliminate from their day, such as going to the park, taking them along with you on errands, or simply going for a stroll together.
Measuring your pet to determine which size wheelchair will best fit is the quickest and easiest thing. The only information you truly need to get the right size wheelchair for your Dachshund is the measurement from the floor to your pet’s back—at its hindquarters. It’s that simple!
Depending on your pet’s current capabilities and its willingness to cooperate, this can be a 1-person or 2-person job.If your pet has very little or no rear-limb strength, one person can be the support while the other does the measuring.
Best Sizes of Rear Support for Dachshund include Extra Extra Small & Extra Small
Quad | Full Support size most aligned with Dachshund is Extra Small.
SitGo size best suited for Dachshund
is Extra Small
"This is Ozzie. He is a 3-year-old terrier-dachshund mix. He was diagnosed with IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease) in October. That means that a disc between two of his vertebrae deteriorated and caused him to become paralyzed overnight. Through the help of a local non-profit pet hospital, The Pet Care Center, and their owner, Alex Kyrklund, Ozzie was able to get help.. She suggested the wheelchair for Ozzie. It was the best recommendation I have ever received. We ordered a Best Friend Mobility Rear Support wheelchair and as soon as it arrived, Ozzie was up and walking again. The rear leg harness supports have helped him tremendously these last two months and he is now able to walk without them, where he can practice taking steps. He loves his wheelchair and we are so thankful."
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