Checking Correct Height Setting
For pets without the use of their hind legs: while standing still on a level surface, the height of the wheelchair should be set so that the shoulders and hips are even. Please note that when your pet is walking or running, their backs will not stay even due to their movement.
For pets with the use of one or both its hind legs, the wheelchair height needs to be set so that their paws are able to lightly graze the ground and provide them with enough traction to push off with the rear paws.
Often, pets experiencing weakness in their rear legs are affected on one side more than the other. While on their wheelchair, one paw might knuckle over and lead them to depend on the stronger leg more often or lean on that side of the wheelchair. This is something to watch out for so that it can be corrected and countered. A paw that gets knuckled over can be protected by a bootie. And while we cannot stop some pets from favoring their stronger leg, we can help them avoid leaning against the wheelchair and possibly injuring themselves. Do this by placing a piece of foam or a folded towel to act as padding between the leg and the side they are leaning against.
The two side arms of the Rear Support Wheelchair’s frame should be parallel to your pet’s back and generally, a couple of inches below the top of his or her back. The wheelchair’s height may vary depending on your pet’s build (e.g. shoulders being lower than the hip). When the harnesses are positioned properly on the side arms, according to your pet’s length, the forelegs should in no way rub against them while your pet is walking.
The front harness should rest comfortably under your pet’s forelegs. The rear harness should also be adjusted with comfort in mind. Do not raise the rear harness to an angle that is unnatural for your pet. Make sure to have the front harness’ front strap sit slightly above the center of the chest. Never allow it to press against the throat of rest below the center of the chest; such placement may be harmful to your pet. Adjust all straps so that they are comfortably snug; do not overtighten.
Put the front harness (D) on your pet
- Loosen the straps of the front harness (D) around the side arms and detach from cart frame assembly (A). Lower the front of the wheel chair (side arms); let it rest on the ground.
- Unclip the front harness’ leg strap (red strap)
- Position the front harness (D) on your pet. Guide your pet’s head through the black straps, these two are to go below the neck, in front of the forelegs; and over the back and shoulder area.
- The front harness’ red strap should be positioned at the bottom. It will go behind the forelegs and across the bottom chest to clip and lock on the other side.
- Adjust the front harness so that it fits your pet snuggly yet comfortably.
Put your pet into the rear harness
- Position the wheelchair behind your pet.
- Guide your pet’s hind legs to the rear harness. Lift your pet’s rear and gently guide the hind legs down into the rear harness.
- Adjust the lift of the rear harness to a comfortable weight-bearing position for your pet.
- Once your pet is properly situated in the rear harness, you can re-attach the front harness to the cart frame by slipping its loops through the side arms up to the spacer widget. Adjust the tightness of the straps as needed.
Using the rear leg straps.
- For pets that are completely non-weight-bearing on its hind legs, use the leg straps to protect his or her hocks and keep them from dragging.
- Press the cord lock and pull on cord to loosen the leg strap.
- Insert each leg to a corresponding rear leg strap.
- Adjust to a comfortable tightness
- Attach leg straps to the rear harness bar. Make sure that legs can rest at a comfortable angle.