No one ever wants to think about their dog limping along or unable to move entirely. Any injury to our four-legged friends can feel unfathomably sad, and yet there’s something especially disheartening about seeing creatures so built around speed and activity unable to even walk properly.

What’s worse, pet owners sometimes see a lack of mobility as a reason to have their dogs put down. Often, this isn’t due to any malice on their part – on the contrary, it’s a heavy-hearted tragedy. They simply don’t see any other choice and don’t want their dog to suffer.

However, there is simply no need to put down a dog as a result of their being unable to get around the house, not least because this immobility can be mitigated in many cases by a dog wheelchair or handheld sling. Both are great resources for increasing and restoring mobility in aging and senior dogs, or pets who have suffered an accident or disability. This alternative is certainly a relief, but it raises another question – between these two options, which is right for your dog?

Why it Matters

To begin with, it is vital to note that choosing between these two matters because the nature of your dog’s condition will determine which is more likely to be the better choice. The most important thing to note about handheld slings in relation to dog wheelchairs is that while the latter tends to be more permanent, the former is more temporary.

As such, if your dog is recovering from an accident, a handheld sling may be the way to go. If they are getting older or are permanently disabled, dog wheelchairs are more likely to be your preferred option.
There’s also the question of the nature of their immobility, and where they are in terms of activity. For example, if your dog has weak hind legs, and needs help remaining active on a regular basis, you may learn more towards a dog wheelchair for back legs. On the other hand, if your primary concern is helping your dog get up from a sitting position or providing more occasional assistance, then you may prefer to get them a handheld sling.

Either way, both of these tools are great for helping restore mobility and dignity to your dog’s life.

Conditions Assisted by Dog Wheelchairs

As stated, dog wheelchairs tend to be the preferred option for those helping their dog recover from more lasting damage done to their bodies and wellbeing. This is especially true of damage to their hips and spine. Certain breeds have a predisposition to hip problems later in their life due to their builds. These dogs often favor rear support dog wheelchairs to support their back legs.

This is true when dealing with long-term permanent spinal or hip-related injury as well. If your dog has broken one or more bones, herniated a disc, is suffering from hip displacement, or any number of similar spinal, hip dysplasia or hip-related injuries, a dog wheelchair will give them the long-term stability they need. Moreover, it can help them adjust to a new long-term lifestyle.

Conditions Assisted by Handheld Slings

By contrast, handheld slings are less about adjusting to a new way of life and more about rehabilitating your dog toward their old way of living. If your dog has been involved in an accident, for example, and has a timetable of days or weeks’ worth of recovery time ahead of them, handheld slings can help with the rehab necessary to get them back to where they were before the accident, or at least as close as possible.

With these factors in mind, you’ll be able to choose between dog wheelchairs and handheld slings and give your dog the help it needs to recover.


Author’s BIO: Lori Wade is a journalist from Louisville. She is a content writer who has experience in small editions. Lori is currently engaged in news and conceptual articles on the pet care and veterinary industry. You can find her on LinkedIn. Hope you appreciate Lori’s useful insights!