The Walkin’ Wheels Small Front Attachment is designed to attach to a patient’s Rear Walkin’ Wheels Wheelchair to convert their cart into a Full Support Wheelchair. Adapting the wheelchair to increase support as the patient’s mobility loss progresses and needs change. Adding a front attachment offers both front and rear support for small breeds weighing between 11 to 26 lbs. Ideal for patients who still have some function in their front and/or rear legs but are unable to support their full weight. The Small 4-Wheel dog wheelchair can also be used beneficial in a clinical setting to support a patient during massage, acupuncture, and other therapy session.
- Ideal for small animals weighing 11-25 lbs. needing full body support
- Durable, lightweight aluminum frame
- Fully adjustable in height, length and width
- Frame Available in Four Colors: Blue, Pink, Seafoam, and Camo
- 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 Small Breeds such as: Miniature Poodle, Dachshunds, Maltese, Bichon Frise, Jack Russell Terrier, Miniature Schnauzer, King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Pug, French Bulldog, Shih Tzu, Boston Terrier, Wire Fox Terrier, Miniature Pinscher, Chihuahua, and more.
A specially designed Corgi wheelchair is available here.
- Front and Hind end weakness
- Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
- Hip Dysplasia
- Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
- Rear Paralysis
- Neurological Disorders
- Slipped Disc
- Congenital abnormalities
- Surgical or Injury Recovery
- Physical therapy & strength training
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?
- 1 set (2) Wheels and Struts
- 2 Extenders
- 1 set Leg Rings
- Nuts, Bolts, and Allen Key
A: Left and Right Extenders (2).
These replace the extenders that originally came with your Walkin’ Wheels Rear wheelchair. The extenders will have a white label with “left front” or “right front.” Socket shoulder screws (4) should be on the outside of the wheelchair and are used to attach the leg rings.
B: Legs (2).
Silver struts (attached to C1 or C2) fit inside the wheelchair legs. The height can be adjusted by a push button on each strut.
C1: Struts and 3” wheels (2).
The caster adapters will be marked with a raised “L” or “R” to indicate which side they are installed on. This is VERY important. The raised L or R should face the inside of the wheelchair with you standing behind the wheelchair.
C2: Struts and 2” wheels (2).
Struts come attached to 2” wheels for shorter dogs like Dachshunds. These are labeled “L” or “R” to indicate which side they are installed on.
D: Front Leg Rings (1).
You will not need to use the front harness that comes with the rear wheelchair. You will install the front leg rings instead, just like the rear leg rings. Leg rings should look like two Cs and not two Vs. The straps go over the frame; pull the black plastic clip over the socket shoulder screw and push upward. You will hear a click when it is locked into place. The dog’s front legs will go inside each ring to support his/her body in the front. To remove the leg rings, put your thumb on the circle and pull down.
E: Bag of screws (1).
Only for replacements, if needed.
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).
|Rear Leg Height||Pet Length (ATR)|
|3-7.9″||Less than 9.9″|
|3-7.9″||Greater than 10″|
|8-12.9″||Less than 9.9″|
|8-12.9″||Greater than 10″|
|13-17″||Less than 9.9″|
|13-17″||Greater than 10″|
Using our SureFit™ Calculator? Enter your pet’s Rear Leg Height, Weight and Breed to get the perfect wheelchair configuration for your pet.
Watch How to Measure Your Pet’s Rear Leg Height Video!
What size struts and wheels will I receive?
If your pet’s Rear Leg Height measurement is between 3 and 7.9 inches you will receive a 6″ strut with a 2″ wheel.
If your pet’s Rear Leg Height measurement is between 8 and 12.9 inches you will receive a 6″ strut with a 3″ wheel.
If your pet’s Rear Leg Height measurement is between 13 and 17 inches you will receive a 11″ strut with a 3″ wheel.
Here are a variety of resources to help you assemble the Walkin’ Wheels, how to put a dog into it, making adjustments and finetuning 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 breeds like Dachshunds or Corgis, 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!
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.
Can my dog still use his back legs with this wheelchair?
Yes, this will help him/her develop the muscle in the rear legs while using the toe pads to push off. If the legs are paralyzed, then you will use the stirrups to hold the feet off the ground.
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.