Sunday, March 22, 2009

DIY Wheels For Dogs!

When Greta injured her back in 2007, we were introduced to the world of canine carts and wheelchairs. For many dogs suffering from arthritis, intervertebral disc disease, degenerative myelopathy, and back injuries, carts and wheelchairs are essential for continued mobility. Although there are some wonderful companies that create excellent custom carts, they can be prohibitively expensive, especially when pet guardians are facing astronomical vet bills. That's why it's great to have a few DIY options!

My endlessly resourceful friend Addie provided us with a homemade cart template shortly after Greta ruptured a disc, and Michael and I went ahead and cobbled together a set of wheels for our invalid. As it turned out, Greta regained a great deal of mobility and didn't need a wheelchair after all (she also complained mightily every time we put her in the cart, but that's another story!). It never hurts to try, though, right?

If you are searching for instructions to make a canine cart, check out these templates at There are all kinds of ideas for dogs of different sizes. There's even a template for cats!


The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

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