The Walkin’ Wheels Mini Dog Wheelchair is designed to improve mobility for tiny pets and toy breed dogs dealing with hind end weakness, mobility loss, or rear leg paralysis. The fully adjustable Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair is ideal for both long-term uses to keep dogs active and for short-term rehabilitative use.
- Ideal for small animals weighing 2 to 10 lbs.
- Durables, lightweight aluminum frame
- Fully adjustable in height, length, and width
- Mini Wheelchair frame is available in Blue only
- Improve mobility for pets during surgical or injury recovery
- Enhance physical therapy and strength training exercises
- Wheelchair can adapt as mobility needs change: front attachment can be added to convert into a full support/4-wheel cart
Fits toy breeds such as: Chihuahua, Miniature Dachshund, Toy Poodle, Yorkshire Terrier, Maltese, Papillon, Pomeranian, Shih Tzu, Pekingese, Toy Fox Terrier, Toy Manchester Terrier, cats, rabbits, piglets, puppies, and more.
Conditions that Benefit:
How to Integrate Cart Time into Your Hospital’s Rehabilitation Protocols
Using a wheelchair with hospitalized, down patients is ideal. Wheelchairs allow patients to stand upright instead of lying in lateral recumbency, improving recovery times. Adding five to ten-minute cart walks into a patient’s treatment plan several times daily can improve a dog’s mental health and save the technicians back.
Here are a few simple Walkin’ Wheels exercises to try:
Wheelchair Assisted Walking Exercises
Place the patient in their wheelchair to encourage walking and assist patients during rehabilitation sessions. During early sessions begin with short-timed walks and slowly increase the duration over time. Most likely, your patient has been inactive for an extended period, causing them to fatigue quickly. It’s recommended to keep your patient’s first cart walk between 6-10 minutes. Complete exercise 3-4 times daily based on the patient’s condition and need.
Assisted Walking with Proprioception Training During Rehab
For patients with hind limb proprioceptive deficits, place the patient into their Walkin’ Wheels and try putting a No-Knuckling Training Sock on the affected limb or limbs and begin walking. This exercise will encourage proprioception training while the patient is fully supported. Walk for 5-10 minutes, 3-4 times daily based on the patient. Session length may be increased at the therapist’s discretion.
Assisted Walking with Strength Training
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 only to 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.
Rear Support Wheelchair with Therabands
Resistance Therabands may be used on the hind limbs to target specific muscle groups and attached to the struts of a patient’s Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair to add strength training to your patient’s cart walks. Place for 5-10 minutes during a walk twice daily is recommended, but times may vary based on each patient. Therabands can vary in resistance levels, so starting with a low level and increasing based on patient needs is advised.
What’s In the Box?
MINI Wheelchair Frames (the SureFit™ Calculator will choose the Frame that best fits your pet):
B1 Wheelchair Frame:
Mini-B1 Wheelchair Frame comes with Width Connector, Extenders, Struts, and 2″ Wheels installed. This frame size is for the smallest dogs and pets
B2 Wheelchair Frame:
Mini-B2 Wheelchair Frame comes with Width Connector, Extenders, Struts, and 4″ Wheels installed. Intermediate size Mini for toy dog breeds and small pets.
B3 Wheelchair Frame:
Mini-B2 Wheelchair Frame comes with Width Connector, (longer) Extenders and Struts, and 4″ Wheels installed. This size frame is for toy dog breeds and small pets weighing up to 10 lbs.
The Front Harness will come attached to the Mini Wheelchair Frame, with removable comfort sleeves attached. Red strap goes under pet’s front legs, black strap goes across chest, blue strap clips over pet’s back. The Front Harness may be removed for washing.
The Leg Rings are the rear support system for the pet. Comfortable foam leg rings connected in the center with touch-fastener closures form a flexible “seat” for the pet. Rubber-coated wires wrap around the Wheelchair Frame to connect the Leg Rings easily to the Wheelchair Frame with rubber-coated wires that wrap around the frame.
Stirrups are used to hold the pet’s legs off the ground if the rear legs are paralyzed. The top end of each stirrup is secured around each back knob of the Wheelchair Frame. The top lock balls are used to hold stirrups in place; the bottom lock balls are secured above the dog’s hocks.
The manual gives instructions and tips on assembling and using the Walkin’ Wheels Wheelchair.
Extra Fastener Set:
The Extra Fastener Set comes with extra carriage bolts, screws, nuts, and washers in case of unexpected loss of these items from the Wheelchair Frame or Front Harness.
Leg Ring Clamps (optional):
4 Double and 2 Single Clamps are included for use if needed. Clamps can be attached to Wheelchair Frame to prevent Leg Rings from sliding forward.
1. Measure the Rear Leg Height to the toe pad, ideally when your pet is laying down. Do not pull the leg tight; leave some natural bend.
2. Measure your pet’s length or armpit to rump (ATR).
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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.
How to Measure for a Walkin’ Wheels Wheelchair — for Pets Under 25 lbs!
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, we recommend the Walkin’ Scooter.
Can dogs lie down in the wheelchair?
For many pets using a Mini Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair, it is okay for them to rest up against a pillow or bed because their legs are short. For larger animals, it is not recommended due to back or disc issues that could worsen by laying down in the wheelchair.
Can pets use their rear legs while in a wheelchair?
We encourage pets to use their rear legs while in their Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair. Regular use of a dog wheelchair can help pets maintain muscle mass, increase strength, and exercise. If a pet’s hind legs are paralyzed, use the 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 your patient. Watch the video below to see how:
Is the wheelchair easy to transport?
Like your patient, the mini dog wheelchair is small, compact, and easy to travel with. This wheelchair folds flat for easy transport and easily fits in a tote bag.
Will this wheelchair rehabilitate my patient?
We have seen varying degrees of recovery with pets using the wheelchair. Some dogs’ mobility has improved so much that they no longer require a wheelchair. Every animal’s case, condition, and disabilities are unique. While a patient is in a wheelchair, they get physical therapy to improve their physical and mental health.
How do I get my patient into their Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair?
It’s very easy to get a small dog in and out of their Walkin’ Wheels dog wheelchair. First, place the front harness on the pet and put your dog on the ground with the wheelchair behind them. Lift their hind legs and place them through the leg rings before lifting the sidebars and clipping the harness to the wheelchair frame.
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 its wheelchair. Read our article for more information.
What is your wheelchair return policy?
We intend 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 that will make your patient more comfortable in their new cart. If you feel the wheelchair is not for you, we can issue a Return Materials Authorization or RMA. Please read through the full return policy or contact our Veterinary Outreach Team at 1-866-578-2926.