It’s absolutely vital that the wheelchair you select for your large breed dog is well built, sturdy, dependable and it goes without saying: capable of supporting the weight of your big dog so she can feel confident using it – and so that you aren’t constantly worried about something on it failing.
Needless to say, budget wheelchair options are rarely a good idea and when it comes to the biggest dogs who need support, cheaply made mobility structures can be a recipe for disaster.
You can avoid the stress of potential failures of poorly built wheelchairs by firstly knowing what to look for in a quality one, and then seriously considering your options once you know what sorts an excellent wheelchair from the ones that you wouldn’t trust for your precious dog.
I’ve undertaken considerable research to bring you the top 5 wheelchairs that are suitable for large breed dogs, whether they are disabled or require mobility assistance for other reasons.
1. Walkin’ Wheels Wheelchair for Large Dogs
Suited for weight: 70 lbs to 180 lbs
This wheelchairs covers a big weight range of large dog breeds, starting at only 70 pounds and extending right up to 180 pound dogs – making it versatile across a variation of both breeds and dog body shapes and sizes.
If your dog loses or puts on weight throughout the course of life using the Walkin’ Wheels, he’s very likely to still be well within the supported weight range so you won’t have to worry about replacing it with a larger or smaller model.
What To Look For
This is one of, if not the most important investment you might ever make for your dog.
Getting it right from the outset makes the entire process easier for everyone involved; not least your dog who you want to be able to ease into using a wheelchair as stress-free and quickly as possible.
Knowing what to look for when searching for the right wheelchair is going to make or break your success in getting the process to run smoothly.
The best and largest dog wheelchairs aren’t probably what most people consider to be low cost – but it really is a matter of getting what you pay for with these, and quite a lot goes into designing and building them.
Having a big dog means that you’re looking at the top of the price range when it comes to canine wheelchairs: it’s just a fact of life that products built for small dogs cost less than those for big dogs.
Understandably, some people with a special needs dog are on a stricter budget and a brand new wheelchair might not be an option for you right now.
If you’re considering a used item, this is a good way to save money: provided you do your due diligence in terms of the exact wheelchair you’re looking at and of course, the condition it’s in: then decide if the savings of buying used are worth it over a brand new wheelchair with warranty; in some cases it will be, while in others it won’t.
The usual marketplaces for used goods will yield you a range of used dog wheelchairs available – craigslist, ebay, and even dog rescue sanctuaries may be able to help you out. Wheelchair rentals are also another option to consider if you’re on a tighter budget than what allows you to buy new at this time.
Weight Range and Leg Height
These are things you must know before you narrow down your list of potential wheelchairs. Buying one for the correct weight of your dog is clearly vital, but you also need to be able to get an accurate measurement of your dog’s legs. The best wheelchairs come in multiple sizes, and usually the difference between different sizes is just 2-3 inches.
This means getting an accurate leg length measurement is essential before you choose the right size wheelchair. A misfitting wheelchair is going to be uncomfortable and dysfunctional – so getting this part right is going to be your most important pre-purchase task.
Good wheelchairs will be adjustable so while it’s important to take accurate measurements, if you purchase an adjustable model you’ll have some tolerance to work with when it comes to getting an exact perfect fit once your dog is in it.
It only takes a few minutes to measure up, after which you’ll have your measurements and weight written down and ready to compare to a shortlist of wheelchairs,