The Walkin’ Wheels Medium Full Support Dog Wheelchair includes both a Medium Rear wheelchair and Front Attachment. The Quad Wheelchair is designed to offer both front and rear support for medium sized dogs and other pets weighing between 26 – 69 lbs. Ideal mobility aide for patients who still have some function in their front and/or rear legs but are unable to support their full weight. The Medium 4-Wheel dog wheelchair can also be beneficial in a clinical setting to support a patient during massage, acupuncture, and other therapy sessions.
- Ideal for pets weighing between 26 to 69 lbs. needing full body support
- Durables, lightweight aluminum frame
- Fully adjustable in height, length and width
- Featuring push button adjustability
- Frame Color Available in: Blue and Pink
- All-terrain foam wheels come standard in Rear Wheelchair, upgrade to pneumatic air tires available in for very active dogs (available in 12” & 16” wheels only)
- Improve mobility for pets during surgical or injury recovery
- Support patients during physical therapy and strength training exercises
- Adjustability allows wheelchair to fit and adapt to changing health needs
Fits medium breeds such as: Bichon Frise, Basset Hound, Beagle, Bulldog, Border Collie, Cocker Spaniel, American Eskimo Dog, Sheepdog, Rottweiler, Cattle Dog, Chow Chow, Collie, Husky, Pitbull, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, Boxer, Dalmatian, Doberman, Weimaraner, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and more.
A specially designed Corgi wheelchair is available here.
Conditions that Benefit:
How to Integrate a Full Support Wheelchair into Your Hospital’s Rehabilitation Protocols
Patient selection is key to utilizing a quad cart in hospital. Geriatric patients diagnosed with the following conditions make good candidates for assistive intervention:
- Cervical/Thoracic/Lumbar Disk Disease
- Weakness in all limbs due to age-related changes in muscle strength
Get Patients Standing and Ambulatory
A 4-wheel Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair will keep patient in standing position and promote an opportunity for the patient to walk with assistance. This is especially beneficial for those hospitalized patients recovering from injury or surgery.
Wheelchair Assisted Walking Exercises
A full support wheelchair will allow movement and encourage weight bearing earlier. Get patients ambulatory during Rehab sessions by placing the patient in their wheelchair to encourage walking. During early sessions begin with short timed walks and slowly increase the duration over time. Most likely your patient has likely been inactive for an extended period of time, causing them to fatigue quickly. Its recommended to keep your first cart walk between 6-10 minutes. Complete exercise 3-4 times daily based on patient’s condition and need.
Assisted Walking with Proprioception Training During Rehab
You may also combine the full support wheelchair with proprioception training and gait patterning to improve recovery. Once the patient has gotten stronger but still may need moderate support for workouts, you can add leg weights to any limb that needs increased strength. It may be best to only apply one leg weight at a time, but it’s up to the therapist’s discretion how much weight and how long is appropriate based on the patient.
Easily Support and Move Patients
It is beneficial to the technician to have the use of a therapy stand, especially when your patient is overweight.
What’s in the Box?
Your 4-Wheel/Full Support Walkin’ Wheels comes with a Front Wheel Attachment box and a Walkin’ Wheels REAR box.
Front Wheel Attachment
(A) Left and Right Extenders (2):
These replace the side extenders that come with the Walkin’ Wheels Rear wheelchair. These are not marked “Left” and “Right” because the only difference between them is that the writing will be upside down if they are installed on the wrong side.
(B) Wheel Struts and Casters (2):
These are marked “L” (left) and “R” (right) and it is very important that they go on the correct side. There is another small “L” or “R” on the bottom of the strut, near where the caster screws in. L and R assume you are standing behind the wheelchair, or that it is the dog’s L and R.
(C) Frame Leg Connectors (2):
“Marked “L” and “R” with stickers (and another mark beneath the stickers if they come off).
IMPORTANT: The LEFT and RIGHT Wheel Struts and Caster (B) must match the LEFT and RIGHT Frame Leg Connector (C). If they are not matched correctly, the wheelchair will be extremely wobbly.
(D) Front Chin Bar (1, 2 pieces):
NOTE: Some extension kits come with a larger chin bar.
(E) Allen Key/Wrench (2)
(F) Front Bar Screws (2)
(G) Front Bar Comfort Cover (1)
(H) Front Leg Rings (1 Pair)
Walkin’ Wheels Rear Wheelchair
The Frame is powder-coated aluminum in blue and pink. It will not bend, break, or rust. The molded plastic knuckles attach the frame to the legs; 360 degrees of ‘teeth’ hold the knuckle in place. On the side of the knuckle, a spring-loaded turning cap allows you to loosen the knuckle and swivel the legs up or down.
Width Connectors: (2 connectors with regular frame)
The width connector connects the left and right side of the frame together. If the width of your dog is 5- 9.5 inches, you will use the smaller width connector; 9-13.5 inches will need the longer connector.
Length Extenders: (2 extender sets with regular frame)
The adjustable length extenders connect the front harness in place with the wheelchair. There are two different sizes. If the dog is 9-19 inches, the smaller extenders are used. The small extenders will already be attached to the wheelchair. If the animal’s length is 18-25 inches, the larger extenders are needed. Length is determined by back of front leg to back of rear leg.
The Front Harness
The dog’s head goes between the blue and black straps. The red strap goes under the dog’s front legs and clips on the side of the harness. The shoulder pads are made of neoprene and keep the straps and buckles from causing discomfort for the dog. Neoprene comfort sleeves wrap around the straps for the dog’s comfort. Comfort sleeves can be cut in half if they are too long.
The dog’s hindquarters are held in place by the leg rings, or our rear harness support system. The leg rings can also be used as a lifting harness when out of the wheelchair; the excess strapping can be touch-fastened together to make handles on each side.
Struts & Foam Wheels:
Depending on your pet’s fold of flank measurement, you will receive a set of wheels attached to struts. Struts snap into the leg of the wheelchair frame and adjust to the height needed. Struts are adjustable within a range of 3 inches and come in 4 different sizes: 6”, 9”, 12”, & 15”. The foam wheels are great for all terrains. They feature a dense foam interior with an outer rubber layer. These wheels will not puncture, they wear extremely well, and are easy to clean. Sizes available: 4″, 8″,12″ & 16″.
Struts & Air-Filled Pneumatic Tires: (optional upgrade)
Depending on your pet’s fold of flank measurement, you will receive a set of wheels attached to struts. Struts snap into the leg of the wheelchair frame and adjust to the height needed. Struts are adjustable within a range of 3 inches and come in 4 different sizes: 6”, 9”, 12”, & 15”. Air-filled pneumatic tires are an optional item for very active dogs, improved traction, and off-road use. Great for hiking on rough surfaces. These tires are like mountain bike tires and have a deep tread and a replaceable inner tube. Available for an additional $40. Sizes available: 12″ & 16″.
The Belly Belt will help support your dog’s back. It is not always necessary to use the belly belt, but is highly recommended for dogs with a long back, overweight or elderly dogs, dogs with curvature of the spine, and dogs with disc problems.
Stirrups are used to hold the dog’s legs off the ground so they don’t drag due to paralysis, knuckling under, or foot injuries. The adjustable stirrups are positioned to hold the foot up at the hock. If your dog doesn’t need them, the stirrups may be removed from the wheelchair.
The manual gives instructions and tips on assembling and using the Walkin’ Wheels Wheelchair.
The tool kit comes in a plastic bag and includes and Allen wrench and set screws. The (optional) set screws may be used to tighten up the wheelchair frame and reduce flexibility, depending on your preference.
1. Measure the Rear Leg Height to the toe pad, ideally when your pet is laying down, as shown below. Do not pull the leg tight; leave some natural bend.
|Rear Leg Height
Using our SureFit® Calculator? Enter your pet’s Rear Leg Height, Pet Length, Weight and Breed to get the perfect wheelchair configuration for your pet.
Watch How to Measure Your Pet’s Rear Leg Height Video!
Here are a variety of resources to help you assemble the Walkin’ Wheels, how to put a dog into it, how to adjust the wheelchair and finetune the fit, as well as getting a dog used to their new wheelchair:
Can pets pee and poop in the Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair?
Yes, the Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair is designed to help pets get the exercise they and do their business mess-free.
Can pets sit in a wheelchair?
No. Our chair is designed NEVER to collapse on the dog’s leg or spine. We’ve gone to great lengths to be sure of it. The chairs are designed with the help of veterinarians and rehabilitation specialists to hold the dog up, keeping the spine and legs in the optimal position for safety and healing.
What’s more, the purpose of the chair is to give the dog exercise and the freedom to go outside and do his business. When the dog is tired, you should never leave him in the chair.
The reviews we have seen of the experimental sit-down spring-loaded style have not been positive. Although we have done a great deal of research, we have not found a safe way for a chair to collapse on a dog.
Can pets use their Walkin’ Wheels inside the house?
Yes. The Walkin’ Wheels is designed to be used both indoors and outside. If a paralyzed pet needs an indoor mobility solution that can be worn for extended periods of time, we recommend the Walkin’ Scooter.
Can dogs lie down in the wheelchair?
For dog breeds like a Corgi or Bassett Hound, it is okay for them to take a rest up against a pillow or bed, because their legs are so short. Otherwise, it is not recommended, due to back or disc issues that could worsen by laying down in the wheelchair.
Can pets use his/her rear legs in the wheelchair?
Absolutely. In fact, we encourage pets to use his/her rear legs. The Walkin’ Wheels can help pets maintain muscle mass, increase strength and exercise. If a pet’s rear legs are paralyzed, use stirrups to prevent their back legs from dragging.
How do I determine the correct size wheelchair for my patient?
It only takes a few simple measurements to determine the correct size wheelchair for you patient. Watch the video below to see how:
Watch How to Measure Your Pet’s Rear Leg Height Video!
Is the wheelchair easy to transport?
Absolutely, the Medium Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair is designed to fold flat for easy transport.
Will this wheelchair rehabilitate my dog?
We have seen varying degrees of recovery with pets using the wheelchair. Some dog’s mobility has improved so much that they no longer require a wheelchair. Every case and disability are unique. While a patient is in the wheelchair, they are getting physical therapy improving their physical and mental health.
What is the return policy?
It is our intention that every Walkin’ Wheels user be happy with their wheelchair. If you experience problems, please call us. Often, we can help with a simple adjustment. If you feel the wheelchair is not for you, we can issue a RETURN MATERIALS AUTHORIZATION. Please note that wheelchairs returned without a return materials authorization will not receive credit. Please click here for full return policy.
How do I get my dog used to their new wheelchair?
This is a great question. Over the past 20 years, we’ve determined how to best get a pet acquainted with their wheelchair. Just click here.