Report Published: May 23, 2020

Welcome to the Annual 2020 Dog Wheelchair Cost Report! We've combed the web, collected the information, and broken down the details so that you don't have to. We've assessed the reviews of some of these brands on third party sites like Amazon and Chewy as well as taken into account the common themes of feedback from actual purchasers as well.

After tabulating the information we came up with the three brands we believe best fit a customers needs based on getting either the best cheap option if you're on a tight budget, getting the best bang for your buck without emptying your wallet, and also getting the best fully customized dog wheelchair (with a custom build, the time to get the chair is typically extended vs buying a premade adjustable chair which can normally fit 98% of dogs).

This report focuses exclusively on back leg / rear support dog wheelchairs to help resolve mobility issues. We did not report on quad/full support options, or front leg wheelchairs.

So how much does a dog wheelchair cost?

$68 - $795. Yikes. Quite the range, a lot goes into the WHY. For a custom-built chair, you'll pay more. For a pre-made adjustable chair you'll pay less. For an extra small you'll also pay less, and if you have a larger dog you'll end up paying the most.

With that, we've selected the 3 best dog wheelchairs you can buy regardless of size -- and also broke down all the pros and cons by brand as well. We've also compiled a sizing, fitting, and adjusting guide for you and your dog. If you have questions, or want to provide feedback, or improve a listing in the report, feel free to reach out to us and we'll do our best to get you a timely response.

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Best Dog Wheelchair Picks

 



Extra Small Rear Support Dog Wheelchairs

Brand Cost Waterproof Custom Fit Adjustable Avg Rating
Ruff Rollin $435 Yes Yes Yes N/A
Eddies Wheels $355 Yes Yes Yes N/A
Doggon Wheels $295 Yes Yes Yes N/A
K9 Carts $259 Yes Yes Yes 4.7
OrtoCanis $248 Yes No Yes 4.7
Grey Snouts / BFM $167 Yes No Yes 4.3
Walkin Wheels $149 Yes No Yes 4.2
SmeQueen $149 Yes No N/A 5
NewLife Mobility $129 No No N/A 4.3
SYLPHID $108 Yes No Yes 3.9
HuggieCart $103 Yes No N/A N/A
HiHydro $99 Yes No Yes 4.2
Homend $68 Yes No Yes 4.2

Best for the Following Small Dog Breeds:
  • Yorkie, Chihuahua, Maltese, Poodle, Papillon, Shih Tzu, Griffon, Pomeranian, Japanese Chin, Chinese Crested, Pekingese, Javanese, Dachshund, Corgi, Italian Greyhound, Manchester Terrier, Miniature Pinscher, Greyhound, Pug, Toy Fox Terrier, Silky Terrier, Cavalier King Charles, English Toy Spaniel, French Bulldog, Beagle, Mini Schnauzer, Boston Terrier, Shetland Sheepdog, West Highland White Terrier, Bichon Fries, Scottish Terrier, Cairn Terrier, Italian Greyhound, Lhasa Apso, Jack Russell Terrier, Cotton De Tulear, Keeshond, Border Terrier, Rat Terrier, Norwich Terrier, Silky Terrier, Welsh Terrier, Schipperke, Toy Fox Terrier, Irish Terrier, Terrier, American, Tibetan Spaniel, English Toy Spaniel, Sealyham Terrier, Bedlington Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Miniature Shar-Pei, Japanese Spitz

 



Small Dog Wheelchairs for Rear Leg Support

Brand Cost Waterproof Custom Fit Adjustable Avg Rating
Ruff Rollin $540 Yes Yes Yes N/A
Eddies Wheels $495 Yes Yes Yes N/A
OrtoCanis $346 Yes No Yes 4.7
Doggon Wheels $330 Yes Yes Yes N/A
K9 Carts $299 Yes Yes Yes 4.7
Walkin Wheels $199 Yes No Yes 4.2
SmeQueen $189 Yes No N/A 5
Grey Snouts / BFM $187 Yes No Yes 4.5
HiHydro $147 Yes No Yes 4.2
NewLife Mobility $138 N/A No N/A 4.3
SYLPHID $138 Yes No Yes 3.9
HuggieCart $106 Yes No N/A N/A
Homend $105 Yes No Yes 3.9
Anmas Sport $69 Yes No Yes 3.8

Best for the Following Smaller Dog Breeds:
  • Italian Greyhound, Manchester Terrier, Miniature Pinscher, Italian Greyhound, Pug, Toy Fox Terrier, Silky Terrier, Cavalier King Charles, English Toy Spaniel, French Bulldog, Beagle, Mini Schnauzer, Boston Terrier, Shetland Sheepdog, West Highland White Terrier, Bichon Frise,Scottish Terrier, Cairn Terrier, Italian Greyhound, Lhasa Apso, Jack Russell Terrier, Coton De Tulear, Keeshond, Border Terrier, Rat Terrier, Norwich Terrier, SilkyTerrier, Welsh Terrier, Schipperke, Toy Fox Terrier, Irish Terrier, Miniature Bull Terrier, American Eskimo Dog, Tibetan Spaniel, Swedish Vallhund, Sealyham Terrier, Bedlington Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Miniature Shar-Pei, Japanese Spitz, Cocker Spaniel

 



Medium Rear Support Dog Wheelchairs

Brand Cost Waterproof Custom Fit Adjustable Avg Rating
Ruff Rollin $660 Yes Yes Yes N/A
Eddies Wheels $615 Yes Yes Yes N/A
OrtoCanis $465 Yes No Yes 4.7
Doggon Wheels $425 Yes Yes Yes N/A
K9 Carts $389 Yes Yes Yes 4.7
Walkin Wheels $349 Yes No Yes 4.2
Newlife Mobility $198 Yes No Yes 4.3
Grey Snouts / BFM $197 Yes No Yes 3.8
HiHydro $166 Yes No Yes 4.2
HuggieCart $111 Yes No N/A N/A
Anmas Sport $93 Yes No Yes 3.8

Best for the Following Medium Dog Breed Sizes:
  • Italian Greyhound, Manchester Terrier, Beagle, Schnauzer, Boston Terrier, Shetland Sheepdog, Italian Greyhound, Lhasa Apso, Jack Russell Terrier, Keeshond, Border Terrier, Welsh Terrier, Schipperke, Irish Terrier, American Eskimo Dog, English Toy Spaniel, Swedish Vallhund, Bedlington Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Miniature Shar-Pei, Japanese Spitz, Boxer, Shar-Pei, Chow, Pit Bull

 



Large Dog Wheelchairs for Hind Leg Support

Brand Cost Waterproof Custom Fit Adjustable Avg Rating
Ruff Rollin $795 Yes Yes Yes N/A
Eddies Wheels $650 Yes Yes Yes N/A
K9 Carts $499 Yes Yes Yes 4.7
Doggon Wheels $495 Yes Yes Yes N/A
Walkin Wheels $429 Yes No Yes 4.2
Grey Snouts / BFM $249 Yes No Yes 3.7
SYLPHID $228 Yes No Yes 3.9
HiHydro $199 Yes No Yes 4.2
Newlife Mobility $186 Yes No Yes 4.3
Homend $142 Yes No Yes 3.2
HuggieCart $140 Yes No N/A N/A
Anmas Sport $103 Yes No Yes 3.8

Best for the Following Large Dogs:
  • Husky, Boxer, German Shepherd, Labradors, Australian Shepherd, English Springer Spaniel, Vizsla, Weimaraner, Border Collie, Belgian Malinois, Portuguese Water Dog, German Wirehaired Pointer, German Shorthaired Pointer, Chow, Giant Schnauzer

 


 

Pros and Cons by Brand

Ruff Rollin

Pros:

  • Hand built, one at a time, with pride, in Bozeman, Montana, USA
  • Superior design and construction
  • Guaranteed fit, custom built to fit your dog
  • Lifetime warranty on frame

Cons: 

  • Expensive
  • Slower process to acquire due to custom measure and build time

Eddies Wheels

Pros:

  • The wheelchairs are fully customized
  • Eddies Wheels do not require a front harness, instead it uses a solid shoulder bar.

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Slower process to acquire due to custom measure and build time

K9 Carts

Pros:

  • Very high quality
  • Vet-designed
  • Made in USA
  • Extremely light
  • Easy to assemble
  • Sturdiness
  • LIghtweight

Cons:

  • Only for very small dogs
  • Very expensive relative to unique value

Grey Snouts / BFM

Pros:

  • Easy to adjust
  • Deluxe neoprene harness
  • Lightweight aluminium frame
  • Best 'Bang for Buck'
  • Entire frame is non-rust
  • Padded neoprene shoulder support and an EVO neoprene leg harness
  • Durable rubber all-terrain wheels
  • Responsive support via Facebook chat and email

Cons:

  • The assembly instructions of this dog wheelchair are difficult for some to follow - only takes 15 minutes though

DoggonWheels

Pros:

  • Custom made and versatile.
  • One of the original cart manufacturers, they have a long track record.

Cons:

  • 3.7 rating from only 7 Facebook reviews
  • Called and was told they were retired and only did this in their spare time now - so may not have full availability.

WalkinWheels by HandicappedPets.com

Pros:

  • Specifically designed for small breed dogs
  • Made of aluminium, making it very lightweight
  • Push-button adjustments for the height, length, and width
  • 6 sizes available to fit your dog's specific measurements
  • Available in 3 colors

Cons:

  • Only available for dogs weighing less than 25 pounds
  • This pet wheelchair is a little difficult to assemble

SYLPHID

Pros:

  • Good value for the money

Cons:

  • Requires a bunch of modifications to make it fit
  • No instructions. Just YouTube video (not highly regarded)
  • Poor Support

HiHydro

Pros:

  • Budget friendly option
  • Flexible height and weight

Cons:

  • Not easy to assemble
  • Straps on the harness that hold the rods are not a seamless system
  • Not very stable.

Newlife Mobility

Pros:

  • Cost effective option
  • Well made and rolled easily, although it is a lot of work trying to get the dog all hooked up
  • Lightweight aluminum frame (lightest we found)

Cons:

  • Hard to put dog in
  • Flimsy
  • Not the easiest to get on and off 

Homend

Pros:

  • Cheap and affordable

Cons:

  • Poor quality (Manufacturer doens't specialize in Dog Wheelchairs)
  • Rear leg loops rubbing some dogs raw.
  • Major flaw is ease of use. This is so cumbersome to put on and take off it's not really worth the hassle

HuggieCart

Pros:

  • Cheap and affordable option
  • Multiple size options within each size

Cons:

  • Quality is dubious
  • Information and Website non professional - questionable support
  • Hard to determine right size variation needed

OrtoCanis

Pros:

  • Very high scores on reviews (from Mfrs site)
  • Free shipping
  • Responsive (Mfr responds to comments and questions in reviews)

Cons:

  • Prices in Euros (ships from Spain)
  • Dificult to completely understand sizing
  • Unable to adjust height of wheels. Unable to contact ortocanis for advice


Does My Dog Need a Wheelchair?

There are many reasons why a dog may lose the use of its limbs. It could be due to an injury (car accident) or a disease (degenerative myelopathy or arthritis), or it could be simply from natural wear and tear (particularly the cranial cruciate ligament). There are certain breeds of dogs that appear to be prone to developing mobility problems, mainly German Shepherds and Irish setters, but mobility loss can happen to any dog under the right circumstances. In some cases such as in degenerative myelopathy, the cause is unknown and therefore difficult to prevent. It can be a depressing development for an otherwise healthy and active dog, and some owners are advised to euthanize the pet.

Typical conditions wheelchairs help with for dogs:

  • Advanced stages of degenerative myelopathy (DM)
  • Cervical spondymyelopathy (CSM) or wobbler syndrome
  • Multiple injury rehabilitation
  • Unilateral or bilateral forelimb weakness
  • Strokes and other neurological disorders
  • Pets with amputationsInstability in the forelimbs or on all four legs
  • Pets with deformity in the forelimbs or on all four legs
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • ArthritisRehabilitation
  • Neurological problems like osteomyelitis or degenerative myelopathy
  • Fractured spine/back
  • Rear limb amputee
  • Ligamentous injury like PCL or ACLThoracic or Lumbar disc injury
  • Any other condition that results in rear leg pain or weakness

However, there is an option that an increasing number of pet owners are considering: getting a pet wheelchair.

Read the full article here >>

 

How to Pick the Right Wheelchair

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 Best Friend Mobility wheelchair 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.

Read the full article here >>

 

Dog Wheelchair Fitting Guide / Getting Them in the Chair

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.

Read the full article here >>

 

Helping Your Dog Adjust to Their New Wheelchair

If your pet’s hind legs are completely non-weight bearing and will need the use of the leg straps, the forelegs will require some conditioning time; it will need additional strength in order to compensate for weight the hind legs and for added comfort while in the rear support wheelchair. Please allow about two weeks for full strengthening of the forelegs before using the pet wheelchair for prolonged periods.

Leg Strength & Weakness

Again, to develop foreleg strength, we recommend 10-minute exercise sessions, with your pet walking over a hard surface. Begin with two 10-minute exercise sessions a day for the first few days and go up to three times daily afterwards. When your pet adapts to the 10-minute exercise sessions, you can extend the time to conform to your pet’s stamina.

Is your pet is too weak to stay on its forelegs while in the rear support wheelchair due to being inactive or overweight? Attaching a leash on your pet’s collar or to the wheelchair’s front harness will help encourage your pet to walk or move and eventually work up to completing the conditioning regimen.

Read the full article here >>