portrait photoWelcome to our site! You’ll find here, links to a range of sites organised into groups.  The first three, CATS, DOGS and OTHER ANIMALS, are disability sites.  SPECIALIST REFERRALS includes links to vets and vet hospital or university centres where advanced medicine and surgery are practised.

ORGANISATIONS lists places and links that might be helpful, such as animal behaviour, SCAS – the society for companion animal studies, and others.

The RESCUE pages include an alphabetical list that reflects the lists linked to species.

Our SHOPS & SERVICES page has links to a range of different outlets but mostly those that have useful equipment and don’t sell anything that would be illegal in the UK such as some kinds of behaviour modifiers for dogs. SERVICES includes memorial, art, medical and insurance links, amongst others.

The email address for information to help with a disabled pet is disabledanimalsclub@yahoo.co.uk Barring IT problems or unforseen circumstances, this box is checked daily and some support can often be given very quickly.

All of these links and ideas come from our visitors so please continue to send them via disabledanimalsclub@yahoo.co.uk Please also let us know when links go down or a service is discontinued, this is a one-person facility and minor inconveniences such as the day job often prevent frequent maintenance.

Dr Suzanne Conboy-Hill

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  1. Hello. I happened to come across your website, and was delighted to see that you offer information to pet owners with disabled pets. Sadly, my much loved Labrador, Patrick who is now four, had an accident on 22 July 2015. He was chasing his tennis ball, slipped, landed on his bottom and paralysed himself. I stupidly did not have him insured, therefore could not afford an MRI scan and operation. The PDSA at the time advised me to put him to sleep. I strongly disagreed. Patrick goes for a long walk in his wheelchair, which he loves. He goes hydrotherapy every two to four weeks, which he loves. He can now weight bear on hind legs, and I do a supported walk twice a day for 5 minutes to hopefully to strengthen his hind legs. He had an xray at the PDSA which shows nothing was broken, they say he has a suspected slip T3 and L3 disc. Would you know of any charity or organisation that would be willing to see Patrick for a second option. I love my Patrick so much, wishing I could turn the clock back. Patrick is a beautiful, loving dog. I’m extremely lucky to have such a beautiful dog who has adapted extremely well, worked so hard to weight bear, and do a supported staggered walk, even though short. Everyone loves and admires this happy little man. I hope you can help. Thank You. From Michelle Geraghty

    • Michelle, you and Patrick seem to be doing all the right things so a quick question – what would you want from a second opinion? Are you looking to see if the discs are still slipped out or if that’s improving, or is there another worry in your mind? I wonder also if anyone has suggested you find an animal physiotherapist. Their association is called ACPAT if you want to look them up. They might be able to help with your aim of strengthening his hind legs. Let me know what you think.

  2. my cat recently became an amputee. I am just looking for someone to talk to that has experienced this. ideas to help make his life full and adapt to the changes..

  3. I’m a young man from south Africa who is very touched by the issue of animals with disabilities and chronic diseases and would like to contribute my help in anyway that I can

    • I think you’ve made a very good start just by showing compassion. It’s a hard message to get across to some people but the thing to remember and to say to people is that animals don’t think about disability – if something goes wrong, such as losing their sight, they don’t worry about being disabled in an able world. For all we know, they think it’s the the world that has just faded out. Only people are concerned about disability and some of them make others feel inadequate because of it. That’s where compassion comes in – empowering people, and animals, to be themselves in the best way they can. You sound like someone who can do that 🙂

  4. Hi do you know if I can get help with a disabled bulldog pup. He suffered with a virus’ which lasted weeks and now it’s left him paralysed. Do you know if anyone in the UK hire or rent dog wheelchairs? Thanks

    • That’s a terrible thing to happen – poor pup! My first thought is physiotherapy – is he getting this? Medical treatment can go just so far, manipulating his limbs may help to retrain his brain and get him a bit more mobile. ACPAT is the place to go for advice and for a list of registered physios near you http://www.acpat.org/. Second, I don’t know about rentals for wheelchairs but the go-to companies are DogMobile https://www.dogmobile-online.com/,and Eddie’s Wheels http://www.eddieswheels.com/ (the site is down for maintenance as I’m checking it just now). It would be worth having a chat with them to see what might be on offer but do look at physiotherapy too, if you haven’t already, it could make a big difference.

      Anyone else with ideas – please pitch in 🙂

  5. Hi Suzanne, we are looking to donate a cart to a disabled dog and also a harness. Our much loved 12 year old girl went to heaven yesterday 😔 and we would like to gift the things she loved to a pooch that they would help get out and about on walks. Would you know of a charity or family that would benefit from them. Thanks Rachael

    • So so sorry to hear about your loss. I don’t personally know of anywhere that will take a cart although someone else might. Usually that’s because they need to be fitted and charities don’t always have that capability. You might try the company you bought it from though; some of them welcome returned carts that can be refurbished and fitted out for another user at a cheaper price than new.

    • Hi Rachel,

      Im so so sorry to hear about your terrible loss. I know exactly what you are going through having lost my disabled dog just six weeks ago.
      I set up a website for exactly your question when I lost my little Skinny. Please have a look and if you would like to post your mobility aid on there I would be honoured.
      I would also love to have photos of your best friend and her story to put on the site
      its http://www.disableddogstuff.weebly.com
      Again, I am so dreadfully sorry, the pain eventually eases
      carli lopez

  6. Hi

    My name is Chris my dog at the age of around three years old was diagnosed with Pannus. Panda my dog will be six years old Dec. 2014 I was wondering if you or someone reading this new of a support group or other people dealing with the same thing thanks in advance.

  7. I’m just sharing really. Our Golden Retriever had a litter of planned pups of which one was not quite right. At three weeks when all the others had eyes opened one little girl had only one eye open and the other firmly shut………. time passes (six months)……. we kept little Apple and she has Micropthalmia (small eye) in one eye. The small eye has no vision at all and her other eye that appears normal seems to have tunnel vision and adjusts to change slowly. With Micropthalmia there can be other issues and yes she isn’t entirely normal. She struggles in strange places indoors as she seems to need full outdoor light for her “good eye” to give her everything she needs – so running across hills is great and a joy to see. But inside somewhere she does not know she will “zone out” and often refuse to move. Over the recent weeks she has had two epileptic fits. On both occasions she was doing the run round in circles thing that young dogs do when they are excited and want to play…. so it seems that being dizzy was the trigger. We have been stopping her if she does this and no more fits to date. What can I say, finding we had a disabled pup was heart breaking, finding her mum (the lovely Ivy) loved her more than her normal pups was magical and made keeping her so much easier. And we love her lots – but we know that she may have more problems due to the damaged gene and that she may not with us for long. Yet again she may live a long and active life – who know?

    • Your little pup has struck lucky with your family. It’s heartening to hear of instance where rejection isn’t the first thought when something ‘isn’t right’. Yes indeed, her life may not be as long and there may be some difficult choices for you to make in the future but the best thing is that she doesn’t know that. 🙂

      • Update on Apple: She had further seizures and was referred to the Bristol Vet School at Langford for tests. MRI showed hydrocephalus and she has now had VP shunt operation this week and is recovering well.

  8. Can I simply just say what a comfort to find an individual who genuinely knows what they are discussing on the net. You certainly understand how to bring a problem to light and make it important. More and more people need to check this out and understand this side of the story. I was surprised that you aren’t more popular given that you definitely have the gift.

  9. I have a staffie who ran into a concrete planter and it fell on his back we have been going to the pdsa for a month hes on steroids he walks a bit wonky but copes ok we have had the same vet until today he said our baby should be put down because of spinal injury is this right when we asked about carts he said he would never let anyone use them we are heartbroken why should a perfectly healthy dog with a back problem be put to sleep he has no problem going to toilet but tires easily but still plays though we keep it gentle

    • Debbie, unless your vet can give you a sound reason for not using a cart, he is expressing a personal opinion and that isn’t satisfactory. My suggestion would be two-fold. First, ask for a second opinion from another PDSA surgery (you may have to travel), and second, get an opinion from a cart manufacturer and fitter such as K9Carts or DogMobile. Both of those offer supports as well as carts, which might suit your dog at this stage. It really is not the place of any professional to allow or disallow the use of equipment that is widely available, enhances the lives of the user (and those around them), and has no side effects UNLESS there is reason to believe the equipment will cause avoidable pain or deterioration. Even then, they can only recommend, although you would have to find another vet most likely. I’d start with a second opinion, if you can.
      Good luck, and keep us posted if that might help.
      Suzanne Conboy-Hill

      • Sorry it took awhile to answer I had an operation but now told im disabled so now we are disabled together my hubby and I confronted the vet in question I asked iff I should be put down when I need walking aids he apologised now he has put manson on stronger medication manson having a bad day today dragging his back left leg so we are now enquiring into the cart hopefuly will have one in a week or so one more question is there an operation to fix spinal nerve damage even iff I have to sell contents of house I will to help this brave soldier of mine thankyou for your advice xxxx

        • Well good for you, making your vet think a bit. I hope he keeps that in mind for the future.
          Ok so what about operations to fix nerve damage: there have been several studies – mostly in America – but no real extension to treatment options that I know of. There’s never any harm asking though and here’s a web site to give you some armoury for when you do – http://singularityhub.com/2012/11/28/paralyzed-dogs-walk-after-transplant-of-cells-taken-from-their-noses/ If it’s avaialble at all, it will be through the university-based vet hospitals so think of The Animal Health Trust at Cambridge, the Royal Dick in Edinburgh, and Bristol university for starters.
          Good luck, and I hope Manson’s day is getting a bit better 🙂

    • Hi, so sorry to to hear what happened to your dog. Its tragic how quickly their life can change. Our dog slipped a disc in his spine 4 years ago which paralysed his back legs and he now uses wheels. All cases are different, but in my opinion it is all about quality of life, the fact your dog can still toilet himself is very positive, ours can’t. I wanted to show you this video of our dog

      Which i hope will inspire you. Benson put them on and never looked back. He has a fantastic quality of life and 4 years on is still loving his wheels. Try searching on you tube and you will see more inspiring videos. If your dog is not in pain then there is no reason why wheels aren’t possible. We got our wheels from Eddies wheels USA. Good luck and I hope this gives you HOPE.

      • Thankyou so much I needed that today was crying over manson as he is having a bad day today dragging his back leg you guys are an inspiration

      • Hi, we have a 12 year old Jack Russell/Patterdale cross who is paralized from the Middle of his back into his back legs. This was due to unsuccessful surgery for a ruptured disc and Mylomalazia destroying some of Fred’s spinal cord. He has been in Eddies Wheels for the last 8 years. Here’s the rub, we have no one who can express his bladder and subsequently going anywhere longer than 4/5 hours is impossible. Do you know of anyone or any place that could care for him to give us respite? We live in South East Kent. Thanks for reading this. Nancy & Pat Facebook

        • That’s a tricky problem. I wonder if any of the vet nurses near you would be willing to do that for you? I’ve found sometimes that vet staff, particularly if they work part time, are happy to take on things like this although it goes without saying that such a service should be paid for. I wonder what you think.

          Meanwhile, can I copy and paste your message to our Facebook page to see if anyone there can help?

          Best swishes
          Suzanne Conboy-Hill

          • Thank you for your advice. We have gone down the Vetinary Nurse route without success. It seems expressing dog bladders is very uncommon! Please share our comments. We would say that our main objective is to hopefully find others caring for a paralysed dog who understand the total commitment required. Leading to perhaps reciprocal care to enable respite for each other. Thanks so much.


  10. I’m looking for disable walking. Frame for my German shepherd height groin floor 20inchs weight 42.4 kilos looking around to pay thundered ten pounds hope any one help me

  11. Please help! I adopted a kitten from Romania who appeared to have hind limb paralysis. This was just 6 weeks ago. All seemed well up until midweek when kitty went off her food & had also developed pressure & incontinence sores.2 days later (today) we were back at the vets as I’ve had to syringe feed kitty & she hadn’t had a bowel movement in 5 days,she was also dehydrated. She has been put on a drip & they have removed the stool that she couldn’t pass (they think she has,lost the ability to defecate on her own). It turns out the tissue where she pees on herself is necrotic 😦 The vets want to euthanise but I want to give her a chance. It turns out from her rescuers that she wasn’t born this way but that she had an accident. The spinal column was intact & she had inflammation but no injury. She was supposed to have physio every day but I wasn’t aware of that so this is all my fault 😦 please help!

    • Susie, this is such a sad story but try as I might, I can’t see how it is your fault. Yes, physio may have helped but it might also be the case that her injuries have had a greater impact just because she is bigger and placing more demands on her neurological system. You need to think now about her quality of life; if she can’t poo on her own and her pee is causing necrosis (death of tissue), she is going to be in great discomfort at the very least. But, if there is any chance of the paralysis reversing and some control being established, she may cope well with all your support.
      I don’t know whereabouts you are, but in the UK there are referral centres such as Bristol where they specialise in cats. Could you get, and could you afford a referral? If so, that might be a way forward.
      Let me know what you decide?
      All the best to you both,

  12. This post is a copy of a message to DAC. We haven’t checked the credentials of the sender so if you want to donate, as with any request for money, please do be sure you’re sending to a genuine recipient.

    Good afternoon,

    I hope all is well with your organization and all the kitties you are caring for. I am a student pursuing my Master’s in Social Work at New York University and I have sponsored cats before with Pets for Life (through the NY Humane Society). Back in October my partner and I fostered a cat for a mentally challenged transgender woman who then purposefully bred her cat Godiva after we returned her. Predictably, she didn’t have homes for any of these kittens so we took on the litter and found homes for all of them.

    One of the kittens (Jimmy Stewart) developed cataracts before his new owners were scheduled to officially adopt him, and as the specialist stated he would likely lose his sight within a year they decided they didn’t want him anymore. We will be keeping him as our forever kitty but we are now hoping to provide him with the cataract surgery he needs. While cats can live happy lives without their eyesight, we will likely be moving multiple times in the next few years and we believe it would be in Jimmy’s best interest if he could see his new environments in order to adapt to them better.

    The vet said the surgery would cost between $5000 and $6000, and as I am swimming in massive student debt we are unable to afford this on our own. We are reaching out to as many charity organizations as we can find in order to request a small donation (even a dollar) to help us get Jimmy his surgery. The vet said he is already down to about 50% vision even though he is only 4 months old, and she also explained that cataract surgery in cats has an over 95% success rate.


    We realize this is a very long shot to request even a small donation from any cat organization as resources are always stretched too thin. If your organization is unable to assist we would greatly appreciate it if our link and request could be forwarded to anyone who may be able to help. Please feel free to email or call me with any questions if there is any concern about our validity.

    We sincerely appreciate your time, and we thank you for all the work you do for kitties in need.

    Beth Diesch
    Alex Brouillet
    Jimmy the Kitty
    (415) 342-7923

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  13. I am a veterinary surgeon looking to adopt a calm disabled cat to keep my own disabled cat company, will consider anything, personality most important.

    • Hi my name is Lynn, and i found a cat/kitten i think she is about 6 months old,and she couldnt walk. i thought she was hit by a car. i took her to the vet and he said she had a broken pelvis probably and she had no use of her right front arm and he said most cats will chew off there paw with that injury and that surgery would be 1200 dollars. anyway i brought her back home and i began messaging her right leg and after a couple of days he paw jerked and i had her up and walking in a couple of weeks. the vet had giben her some kind of shot for swelling and some medicine called tramadol which she took for a couple of weeks,,then she got an upper respitory problem and was on medicine for 3 weeks any way to my surprice she had kittens 1 week ago and i was with her when she had them,,the 2nd kitten was born without front legs and no tail and lived for about 10 minutes. i thought the other 2 were okay but the last one born keeps rolling and dragging its head to get to the teat and thats how it moves around. i havent took it to the vet cause i cant afford it and the humane society was suppose to help me and they did pay for the mothers 1st visit and was suppose to find a foster but they will not call me back and i was wondering if you might know what is wrong with this kitten. My E-MAIL is lynnbar63@yahoo.com,,thank you Lynn

      • Lynn, I’m not a vet so I can’t answer your question fully. But first I want to thank you on behalf of all of us for taking such good care of this poor little mite and getting her back on her feet again. Her kittens most probably have suffered from the effect of whatever happened to their mum, and that might include malnutrition so they haven’t developed properly. The one that is left sounds to me as though it has some brain damage BUT that might not be the end. I had a kitten with brain damage who moved like a corkscrew around the nest. He was keen to feed but couldn’t so we hand fed him. Then we moved his limbs around to match the movements his littermates were making so that his brain learned these new patterns. We did this several times a day until he was able to get around on his own. It was a long haul! He grew into a very large cat and, in fact, he’s the chap in the picture at the top of this site. He was 12 when he finally left us.
        The situation for you might be different but I can’t tell you that. If you have a friend who is a nurse or a physiotherapist, talk to them. They might be able to help if you think your vet won’t. Do try your vet first though and get proper advice.
        We all wish you well

  14. Just found your site through Twitter and am thrilled there is such a thing for disabled pets. We have a year old Rottie who was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma about 6 months ago. It all started with a bit of a limp and ended with the amputation of his right rear leg. 6 sessions of Chemo later, numerous tests, scans and xrays etc he has officially been given the temporary all clear. No sign of any progression into his lungs or anwhere else and we are all so pleased he has come through it successfully. Just a positive note for anyone else who has a pet suffering in the same way. Don’t give up. Soza has a FB page (Soza Jones) and would welcome any and all friend requests

    • Lovely to hear from you, Geoff. Sounds like Soza is giving it his best shot, with the help of some superb veterinary expertise and the enormous support of his family. Lots of thumbs up to all of you.

  15. Rezo, the problem I have with Doggone Wheels is that they are not so well engineered as Eddie’s. Other makers seem to have a problem with fit and with wobble and shake in their carts – fo any animal with spinal problems thi scould be potentially harmful. For a dog like mine, with a limb disorder that may not be quite so important, but fit and stability do affect the quality of life, the confidence that the animal has in their cart. For an older animal there is a steep learning curve, and anything that could knock confidence is a NO No as far as I am concerned. Regarding fit – amny other carts put undue pressure on soft body parts, causing rubbing and chaffing – or even decubitus ulcers. Eddie’s carts have a proper supportive saddle, promoting optimal anatomical postitioning – and thus avoiding many of those problems. Price wise I don’t think there is a lot of difference, but in every other way, I cannot imagine compromising on fit, comfort and stability for my beloved pet -who may have many more happy years of life ahead. Liz

    • Barny, you are so right – fit and stability are vital. And having seen other makes of cart I was really quite shocked to see how they wobble and shake – I am sure if the dog doesn’t know anything else they will get on with it, but why should they have to? When there is a better product – that fits, is stable and doesn’t shake or wobble – and is much the same price . OK I had to pay import duty on my Eddie’s cart – but for me, it was a small price to pay for quality workmanship – as well as a cart that I could not get anywhere else.

  16. anyone thinking of buying a dog cart please do not get involved with a guy called Jim Colla

    Check out the disclaimer on Eddies Wheels site

    • Here is the link
      To be fair, it is a manufacturer’s criticism of a competitor and it does make the point that they would rather people use these carts than some others on the market. As always, use your judgment and choose accordingly.

      • A reply via Liz , which I can’t put up in full as it contains comments that could lead to litigation, says:
        ‘Jim Colla started out as an agent for Eddies Wheels – then they discovered ……. So, yes, he is a competitor but …. He does not make carts for front limb disabled animals, so I had only Eddie’s to go to for my dog.’

        As a general comment, it’s important to know about difficulties and possible bad practice but please do include a link to something that substantiates what you say. Even then, I reserve the right to publish or not as it’s my legal backside on the line. Hope you understand, people.

  17. Hi just found this site and have been moved by the comments. My little 12 year Westi has had her front leg removed today because of Cancer, Just herd that she’s doing really well and can come home tomorrow. I cant tell you how happy I am……………….

    • Wonderful news – well, the coming home tomorrow part anyway! Although she’s getting on a bit, she’s small and that will make it easier for her to adjust. Some people might suggest using a towel folded and looped under the chest to gently support her as she gets used to the new balance arrangements. Or you can go to one of the dog wheelchair sites – they make all sorts of aids for assisting with mobility. Once she’s pain-free, and if she looks as though she’s afraid to move about, use gentle play to help her forget she’s lost a limb. One person told us about her little dog who refused to use wheel herself away from the car. We started a regime whereby she was carried out into the field where she and her owner could play with a ball, and then required to wheel herself back. That took no time at all and pretty soon she was wheeling herself all over the place! Good luck to you and your little lass.

      • Hi! Sorry to hear about your little Westie – but dogs are much more adaptable than humans so get ready for her to just pick herself up and go. Most do.
        I have a 10yr old Boder Terrier who has been sdisabled virtually since birth – for years she got around on her 3 legs (her right foreleg is useless). Nearly 3 yrs ago we noticed that her good front leg was giving her trouble – and we got her a special cart from Eddies Wheels in the USA – they are the only people who make front-limb disability carts. Its been the making of Hope – If I have any regrets, its that we didn’t get one years ago for her. Have a look at their web-site – INSPIRATIONAL. Your dog has plenty of life in her yet, don’t despair, GO FOR IT! Plenty of high-value (to her) treats and lots of encouragement. Don’t coddle her – and if she slips, don’t make a big fuss – just help her up and encourage her to go on.

  18. I was trying to find information to help one of my disabled cats.I stumbeld upon you at he WINN FOUNDATION site while trying to find information about antibiotics for feline encephylitis. I have the largest non profit handicapped cat sancutaries of its kind in the US (Oregon to be exact). I am going to be accessing this site now that I know of it. If you are interested in what I do, you can visit my sanctuary at http://www.critterfolks.org. We have also created a cat litter to help the handicapped cats. It can be visited at http://www.kittysgonegreen.ocm.

  19. I have a german shephard who is around 11 years old, his back leg is bothering him, what could I get him to help him?

    He can get up most times on his own, but occassionally have a ral hard time.

    What items could I puraches to help him?


    • Have you looked at the K9Karts site? They have all sorts of support aids, not just karts. DogMobile might also be able to help, and Eddies Wheels. In fact, most of the companies making karts, also make itmes that can assist a dog that doesn’t quite need a kart.

    • As your Shepherd is losing muscle strength I would recommend using a rear harness/sling to support him getting up and down. A cart would also be a huge help to him. IN the UK K-9 carts are the most common – but from experience they are not the best. I would highly recommend Eddies Wheels, even though you would have to import it form theUSA – WELL worth the investment. I have seen other makes and Eddies are far and awy the best engineered, best fititng – and best functioning.
      There is a rehab centre based in Guildford UK, which use slings – and I believe they can supply too. I thinkthey are caled Greyfriars – there is a ink via the Eddies Wheels site. GOOD LUCK!

      • Rezo, the problem I have with Doggone Wheels is that they are not so well engineered as Eddie’s. Other makers seem to have a problem with fit and with wobble and shake in their carts – fo any animal with spinal problems thi scould be potentially harmful. For a dog like mine, with a limb disorder that may not be quite so important, but fit and stability do affect the quality of life, the confidence that the animal has in their cart. For an older animal there is a steep learning curve, and anything that could knock confidence is a NO No as far as I am concerned. Regarding fit – amny other carts put undue pressure on soft body parts, causing rubbing and chaffing – or even decubitus ulcers. Eddie’s carts have a proper supportive saddle, promoting optimal anatomical postitioning – and thus avoiding many of those problems. Price wise I don’t think there is a lot of difference, but in every other way, I cannot imagine compromising on fit, comfort and stability for my beloved pet -who may have many more happy years of life ahead. Liz

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  21. I urgently need to fund leg splints for an injured dog. Can you please refer me to a UK based company that manufactures them. VERY URGENT! Thank you.

  22. Just found this site and its lovely. I am writing because I have a 20 month rescue dog who had to have his front leg amputated through gangrene. We adopted him but he came with issues, thinking he had to fight for food most of these are sorted now and has been hard work but so well worth it. I have recognised another problem now and that is he wants to do flyball as much as my other two but we have to restrict him. Paddy is full of energy, stamina and raring to go and so this holding him back really frustrates him. The aqua therapy pool close to us has sadly closed and so I will try and find something just for him so that he can have his special time and help him to be more focussed on us. Has anyone any suggestions please. I also want to have a harness designed for him and wondered if anyone knew of a company that could do this. He is a huge dog and I think a harness would help physical problems which might occur as he gets older. Thank you for reading this

    • Thank you Joan, those are lovely comments. And it’s lovely to hear how well your rescue dog is getting on following his amputation. Sounds like he’s landed well and truly on his (three) feet!
      As to harnesses, K9Karts or DogMobile both have all sorts of supports for dogs whose legs aren’t quite up to the job so maybe get hold of them and see if they have a solution for you. There are links on the site here.
      Good luck!

      • Hi Joan.
        I have a front limb disabled dog who uses a cart. After considerable research we found that the only people who make carts for htese animals is Eddie’s Wheels – find them on-line. They are really helpful and knowledgeable. Their carts are extremely well made and good-fitting. Other carts look like a meccano set and don’t give the dog the same degree of mobility that an Eddioes’ cart will. Check it out!

      • Re a harness – check out a fleece harness – they fit better, are more supportive and they are comofrtable – won’t rub. Called the “perfect fit” harness, they are made in the UK – check out dog-games-shop.co.uk – they aren’t cheap, but they are well made and robust – and they look good too. My dogs walk so much better in them.

        • Thank you all for your responding to my first post. I have to say that Paddy doesn’t know he’s disabled and it is us that have to restrain him. He throws himself into everything. He is a big dog and can cope with 3 legs really well. His mobility is fantastic and we want o keep it that way but we are thinking about the future. Fleece harnesses sound good. I really appreciate your comments. Is there a forum here? Best wishes Joan x

            • Thought I would just let you know that we bought a harness from dog-games which we adjusted to fit Paddy (Pawdie). It is super and has meant life is a lot easier and much less frustrating and less painful for the puppy. We bought it from dogs-games. If any one wants to see him he is on there website – fame at last!!
              Best wishes Joan

            • We have a FORUM! Click the link on the right and sign up. It’s free and once you’ve joined, you can post your messages. Fingers crossed I’ve set it up properly!

    • Hi! I have a front-limb disabled dog and she LOVES flyball! She is now 9yrs old, and cometed in flyballf ro about 4 yrs – she had to retire because of the wear on her good front leg. IF I had our time over again, i would stil let her go and do it, for a while – but be repared to retire her when she clearly was getting too tired. Now she loves to watch it on TV when Crufts is on – or occasionally when she comes to our local dog club. It is a tough balance between protecting and molly-coddling – seeing the dog rather than just the disability – for their mental health I strongy believe they need to be allowed to try – and then supported to their limits – just like you would a disabled child. Otherwise they become frustrated and angry/depressed. They DO learn what they can do and what they can’t – and are far more accepting of their limits than most humans.

  23. hello, I’ve tried emailing questions, and appreciate and would appreciate if you would get back to me.
    I’d like to see what other people are asking as well.
    Is this a good place to post, or is there a forum somewhere else?

    • You can post here, Markn, or on any other page that feels relevant to you. There isn’t a forum but maybe there should be. I’ll see what can be done.

  24. this sites brilliant i have a disabled cat who broke her 2 back legs and severed her spine over 10 yrs ago she lives a normal life sadly she never got better but i give her the best life poss i was thinking of getting her a cat wheelchair but dnt no if its 2 late now as shes been like it for such a long time any suggestions of anything i can do to help her would be brill thanx everyone

    • It’s never too late to offer a new way of doing something if you think it might be an improvement, as long as you can afford to abandon it if your cat doesn’t want anything to do with it. Cats are cats after all!

    • A cart can be expemsive – but if you look at the cost over the life of your cat, its not so bad. I don’t know how your cat manages at present – or how much you help her. One indicator I was told when considering a cart for my dog was: if the animal accepts help with something like a harness (to carry the disabled limbs) then they are quite likely to accept a cart. Talk to the folks at Eddies Wheels (ther’re on-line) – they have so much experience AND they wil be totally honest with you

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  26. Does anyone know of a person or service that will keep my Lab-Dog overnight in their home while I’m away. The dog was hit by a care and only has the use of 3 legs. He can not climb stairs. He is 8 yrs old. He is very friendly. He also bites himself due to allergies and needs to have dressing changed at least 1x/day. I can not find any accomodations for him while I’m away on business. Huntington Long Island NY. All help is appreciated. Please reply.

  27. I would like to get together with other owners of dogs who use mobility carts. I have an 8yr old Border Terrier who now uses a front wheel cart, due to front limb problems. She would love to meet other dogs in carts, and we could have some fun with them all. We live in the Greater Manchester area.

    • Hi.Just come accross this site today. I noticed your Border Terrier post. We have a four year old Border ( Best breed in the world) Who upto 5 weeks ago was fit, healthy and full of energy. However he slipped a disk in his spine and is now left incontinent and paralysed in his back legs. ( It has been hell and we are heartbroken) But we are doing our very best for him as we love him to bits. We are looking to buy a cart and are just in the process of working out which is the best one. I noticed your Border uses a cart, I know its different because yours is for the front legs but I just wondered where you got your cart from and if you are happy with it. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks Katy Atkin and Benson

      • Hi Katy – so sorry to hear about your fella’s accident. Our cart was made by Eddie’s Wheels, in the USA – they have their own web-site. Before you buy one here go check Eddies Wheels out – they have a lot of really good advice/experience – and they WILL respond to email quickly. You can buy rear-limb carts here – which will probably cost around the same as an Eddie’s cart – BUT – the engineering is not so great, and some carts tend to have quite a lot of wobble – which Eddie’s don’t. Their web-site also has some video links, so you can see the difference between different makes.I’m not on commission from Eddie’s, but I AM a fan – and would definitely buy form them again, the service and engineering and quality of build has been fantastic. For us, the expense of the cart (which is greater for our type of cart) was well worth the improvement in Hope’s quality of life – which is what it’s all about at the end of the day. If you live in our area why not come and see?

        • Hi Liz.
          Thanks for responding. That is interesting to hear about Eddies wheels. We have already been looking on their site and also on walking wheels and the British sites. Its difficult beacuse we really don’t want to spend such a large amount without seeing a cart first. So your offer to come and see yours is much appreciated. We live in Sheffield and would be very interested in coming to have a look at your cart if you are sure you are happy for us to do this. It’s a big decision and we just want to get the right one. You can contact us on this E-mail address, info@peteratkin.com. Thanks very much for the offer and we will look forward to hearing from you.
          Best wishes Katy

          • Katy – we’d love you to visit! Hope is a show-off and loves to demonstrate her driving skills. I have sent you an email privately, and lets hope you can make it over the weekend.

        • Sorry if you you get 2 replies i’m not sure if first one worked!!!!

          Hi, thanks for your response. That is very interesting about Eddies wheels. We have already been looking at their web site along with walking wheeels and the UK companies. Our concern is spending so much money and not having the chance to see the product before you buy it. So we very much appreciate your offer to come and look at yours. We live in Sheffield so we would be very interested if you are sure you don’t mind. we have said all along that the best people to talk to are the people who are using the wheels not selling them.
          If you are happy to arrange for us to come and meet you and look at the cart you can contact us by E-mail info@peteratkin.com We will look forward to hearing from you.
          Best Wishes Katy

  28. I have a GSD who is badly cow hocked in his back legs. It is not a condition that I had heard of in GSD’s, but following my research, it seems that he is extremely common in show dogs!

    He has been seen by a specialist in this field, who recommended hydrotherapy, which has been extremely helpful and we have now started working trials.

    Since this involves a certain amount of jumping, I sort the opinion of our vet, who suggested that we continue with caution!

    There is such little information on this deformity and I would very much appreciate any further information that may be available.

      • Here’s a link to wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cow-hocked (you probably already know this Nina) which says ‘cow-hocked’ means the knees ar set wrongly so that the back legs are splayed. In animals with hooves, it causes uneven wear, and so we can assume that it does something similar to feet without hooves too. I wonder, Nina, if your vet suggested physiotherapy for your GSD? It might help to re-balance the muscles and ease pressure on other joints. Look on our site for ACPAT which is an association for specialist animal physiotherapists.

      • It might be worth tracking down an animal chiropractor, who would help your dog to get the most out of what he has. Swimming would offer low-impact exercise, and improve general fitness. There is also an animal rehab group in the surrey area, who have a l lot of good advice AND equipment that might be useful. You can find them by typing in Animal rehab into Google, I think.

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