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The Walkin’ Wheels Pro Kit is designed to allow your practice to help your patients return to mobility quickly. The Rear Wheelchair Kit comes with a variety of interchangeable frames with snap-in strut and wheel sets to fit a wide variety of pets.
Every Walkin’ Wheels Pro Kit Includes:
- 1 – Mini B2 Wheelchair
- 1 – Small Wheelchair Frame
- 1 – 9” Strut x 8” Wheel Set (Small)
- 1 – Medium Wheelchair Frame
- 1 – Large Wheelchair Frame
- 6 – Assorted Wheel Kits, 1 of each size
The Walkin’ Wheels can accommodate pets between 2lbs and 180lbs.
MINI 2-10 LBS. | SMALL 11-25 LBS. | MEDIUM 26-69 LBS. | LARGE 70-180 LBS.
Benefits of the Walkin’ Wheels Pro Kit for
Easily treat patients with the following mobility conditions:
Establish an In-Clinic Rental Program
The Walkin’ Wheels Pro Kit gives you the ability to fit any patient that comes into your practice. Create a steady stream of revenue by establishing a dog wheelchair rental program for your clients. Perfect for patients to use during short-term rehabilitation and recovery or those who want to test out a wheelchair before they buy. Get your patients back on their feet quickly with the support of a Walkin’ Wheels dog wheelchair.
How to Integrate Cart Time into Your Hospital’s Rehabilitation Protocols
Using a wheelchair with hospitalized, down patients is ideal. Wheelchairs allow a patient to stand upright instead of laying in lateral recumbency can improve recovery times. Additionally, adding five to ten-minute cart walks into a patient’s treatment plan several times daily can improve a dog’s mental health as well save a technician’s 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 to assist patients during Rehab sessions. 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. It’s 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
For patients with hind limb proprioceptive deficits, place the patient into their Walkin’ Wheels and try placing 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 patient. Session length may be increased at 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 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.
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 at a time during a walk twice daily is recommended, but times may vary based on each patient. Therabands can vary in resistance levels, so starting out with a low level and increasing based on patient needs is advised.
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.
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.
How to tell if the Walkin’ Wheels Wheelchair is Adjusted Properly
When the wheelchair is adjusted properly, the animal stands in a ‘natural’ position. Here’s what to check (refer to the figure below):
A: Knuckle at the hips. The knuckle should sit squarely in the center of a dog’s hips. If the knuckle is not aligned correctly, tighten harness and/or adjust length. Allow 1″ on each side between dog and black knuckle.
B: Front Harness D-Ring sits at the shoulder. The D-Ring on the front harness that the extender bar goes through should be at the shoulder. Adjust the straps so that the D-Ring is held firmly against the shoulder, then clip into wheelchair.
C: Proper Alignment. The dog’s back needs to be straight. If dogs back protrudes downwards, then he/she needs the belly belt or belly wrap for support of any spinal or disc issues.
D: Height When at the correct height, the rear toe pads should be just touching the ground to. If legs are paralyzed, use the stirrups to elevate the feet and prevent scraping or dragging.
E: The Side Extender bars need to be level. When adjusted correctly they should run parallel to the ground. Adjust front harness straps if bar is leaning downward.