The content on this page is specifically geared towards the Extra Small Quad Support Wheelchair, Small Quad Support Wheelchair, & Medium Full/Quad Support Dog Wheelchair.

Quad Leg Wheelchair Size Guide (XS, S, M)

Specifications:

  • Lightweight, non-rust aluminum
  • Stainless steel hardware
  • Fully and easily adjustable height, length, and width
  • Deluxe neoprene front and rear harness for comfortable support
  • All terrain polyurethane wheels with sealed bearings
  • Easy clip-on front harness system
  • Comfortable paw slings
  • Durable and easy-to-clean rear harness

The Quad/Full Support Dog Wheelchair is best for:

  • 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 amputations
  • Instability in the forelimbs or on all four legs
  • Pets with deformity in the forelimbs or on all four legs

What's in the Box?

Let's begin with the assembly by checking out all the pre-assembled parts and tool (hex wrench).

And the pre-assembled parts and tools:

Assembling the Wheelchair

To install the Front Wheels Assembly

  1. Remove End Cap from the Front Wheels Assembly
  2. Loosen front Wheel Thumb Screws.
  3. Insert Front Wheel Assembly. Make sure side with hollowed circles is facing outward.
  4. Adjust to desired height. Make sure a hollowed circle is aligned with the Thumb Screw. Tighten Front Wheel Thumb Screw.
  5. Return the end cap on the Front Wheel Assembly.
  6. Repeat 1-5 to install the other Front Wheel Assembly

To install the Rear Wheels Assembly

  1. Remove the end cap from the Rear Wheel Assembly.
  2. Loosen the Rear Wheel Thumb Screws.
  3. Insert Rear Wheel Assembly. Make sure side with hollowed circles is facing outward.
  4. Adjust to desired height. Make sure a hollowed circle is aligned with the Thumb Screw. Tighten Rear Wheel Thumb Screw.
  5. Return the end cap on the Rear Wheel Assembly.
  6. Repeat 1-5 to install the other Rear Wheel Assembly.

To adjust length

  1. Loosen Socket Set Screws located on both sides of the Rear Harness Bars with the Hex Wrench.
  2. Adjust length by pulling or pushing along the Side Arms.
  3. Tighten Socket Set Screws.
  4. Loosen Socket Set Screws located on both sides of the Front Harness Bars with the Hex Wrench.
  5. Adjust length by pulling or pushing along the Side Arms.
  6. Tighten Socket Set Screws.

To adjust width

  1. Loosen and remove Socket Button Head Cap Screws on the Front and Rear Harness Bars with the Hex Wrench.
  2. Move the Front Harness Bars to desired width. Make sure that at least two holes on Right Front Harness Bar are aligned to two holes on Left Front Harness Bar.
  3. Repeat step 4 on the Rear Harness Bars.
  4. Return and tighten Socket Button Head Cap Screws on the Front and Rear Harness Bars with the Hex Wrench.

 

Phew! You are done with assembly!

Fitting Your Dog to the Quad Chair

To put your pet into the Rear Harness

  1. Carry your pet gently place him above the wheelchair.
  2. Lower your pet while inserting the legs in the corresponding Rear Harness Holes.
  3. Placing your pet’s mid-chest and stomach on the Body Harness. Make sure his body is balanced on the Body Harness.
  4. Make sure that the Front Harness Bar is not protruding your pet’s upper body from reaching the Front Harness Bar. If it is, push the Front Harness Bars downwards.

To put on the front harness on your pet

  1. Unclip the front leg strap (red strap). 
  2. Guide your pet’s head thru the two black straps until middle black strap reaches your pet’s upper chest below the neck and the upper black strap is across your pets back shoulder area. Make sure the front leg strap (red strap) is at the bottom.
     
  3. Place the front leg strap (red strap) behind the front leg, across the bottom chest, behind the other front leg until it reaches the clip lock on the other side. 
  4. Lock the clip.
  5. Adjust the straps so it fits your pet snugly and comfortably.

To harness your pet’s front and rear legs to the Front and Rear Leg Straps. Use the Front and Rear Leg Straps to protect your pet’s paws and keep them from dragging.

  1. Loosen the Front and Rear Leg Straps.
  2. Insert each leg to corresponding Leg Strap.
  3. Adjust to a comfortable tightness.
  4. Make sure that legs can rest at a relaxed angle

Notes on Measurements

Once you have assembled your pet’s new wheelchair, you can use the measuring guide below to give it a customized fit. We always strive to keep things simple. The following are the key measurements you need to take to ensure a comfortable ride for your pet. Please remember to use a rigid tape measure. If your pet has difficulty standing or staying upright, get someone to help either support your pet or do the measuring.

A. Rear leg height, from floor all the way to the backbone (top of the pelvis)

B. Body length

C. Hip width—straight across

D. Floor to groin height

Further Notes on Measurement

  1. The rear leg height measurements (A and D) are to ensure that the wheelchair is set so that your dog’s body is properly supported. When set at the correct height, your pet can use what movement and strength it has in its legs—allowing your pet some traction (instead of pawing air). If your pet has no hind leg strength, use the leg straps to prevent paw dragging.
  2. The hip width measurement (C) will help you get the right setting for the crossbars. The right width setting will prevent painful chafing that can occur in improperly set wheelchairs, where your pet’s body may end up repeatedly rubbing against the metal frame.
Tips
  • The front side arms should be approximately 2 inches below the top of your pet’s shoulders.
  • The rear side arms should be approximately 2 inches below the top of your pet’s hip.
  • The two side arms of the wheelchair’s frame should be parallel to your pet’s back
  • Your pet’s sides should be approximately 1 inch away from the side arms.
  • Your pet’s sides should not rub against the side arms while your pet is walking.
  • The front harness should rest snugly but comfortably under your pet’s forelegs.
  • The front strap should sit slightly above the center of the chest.
  • The front strap must not press against the throat.
  • The front strap must not rest below the center of the chest.
  • DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PET ALONE IN THE WHEELCHAIR
Because these wheelchairs are adjustable in all three dimensions, it is important to get your pet fitted properly. Setting the height, length, and width will be your task. You might get it right on the first try or a bit of fine-tuning might be required. Please keep in mind that although some pets are able to ambulate in the chair on their first time, it is much more likely to take several sessions before your pet is able to use the wheelchair with assistance, and even longer without.
Please be patient and remember that this is a learning process.

Using the Quad/Full Support Wheelchair

It is usually best to attach a leash to the front bar to help with the training, and to help give the dog cues and assistance in moving the chair. Please note that if the dog has not ambulated in some time, they will not be able to push a full support chair on their own, they will require some exercise first. You must assist them with pushing the chair for several sessions before they can build the strength to walk and run in the quad chair unassisted.

Care & Maintenance

Keep the wheelchair clean. Your pet will surely appreciate it and ride with pride. Wipe down aluminum surfaces with warm, soapy water using a soft cloth such as a microfiber or cotton rag. Rinse and dry.

Check the bolts and screws frequently; re-tighten if loose. Adjust or tighten loose straps as well.

Remember to hose or wipe down tires to keep them from tracking dirt. Check tire pressure every so often and inflate when needed. To reduce bounce and increase traction, lessen tire pressure (to just under 35 PSI) to give the wheelchair a more comfortable ride.

Wash the sling, harness, and straps in cool, soapy water and hang them to dry. Opting for a perfume-free detergent will help your pet avoid skin irritation. You may want to try odor neutralizers (homemade or store-bought) to counter any smell that may remain in the harness.