Can Dogs Use Wheelchairs? Equipment for Handicapped Pets is designed by a local company.
Some dogs run on two legs, others on four, but a select group of animal companions require assistance to get moving.
Walkin' Pets, based in Amherst, New Hampshire, creates and sells disabled pet goods all over the world. Their equipment allows animals with a variety of limitations to live their lives to the fullest.
Their wheelchairs allow pets with mobility challenges to walk around independently, while their blind halos assist pets with vision issues in navigating their surroundings, and their prostheses give missing limbs new life.
Mark C. Robinson, the firm's founder and CEO, founded the company in 2001 after having to put his own dog Mercedes down before her time because he had the knowledge or means to give her a better life.
There was not the kind of understanding that there is now that impaired pets can live happy, healthy lives when I first started this business, Robinson added. "Back then, if a dog couldn't walk, it was considered an end-of-life catastrophe. When you take him to the doctor, the vet will often advise you to put him to death because he is unable to walk.
While the majority of their goods are for dogs, they have also produced wheelchairs and other devices for animals with disabilities such as turtles, chickens, and cats.
NBC10 Boston paid a visit to their offices to meet several disabled dogs who have found new leases on life in wheelchairs. You'll also fall in love with Mustard the dachshund as he adjusts to his new wheelchair for the first time.