Many people have to choose between dealing with a disabled dog and having that dog put to sleep. As difficult as the adjustment to a disabled pet may be, it can be easier than many people suppose. Plans for dog wheelchairs are readily available on the Internet from sites such as The Daily Puppy and Dogasaur. Homemade dog wheelchairs are a relatively simple, inexpensive way to improve the quality of a dog's life, instead of having it euthanized. Estimates on the cost of a do-it-yourself chair run from £9 to £32, depending on the size of the dog and the materials used.
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Things you need
- 3/4-inch PVC pipe
- 4 PVC elbows
- 4 PVC T's
- Handsaw or ratcheting cutter
- PVC glue
- 1 yard (approximately) canvas, vinyl or fabric
- 4 threaded caster wheels
- Sheepskin or memory foam (optional)
- Sewing machine
Measure the dog. This includes the height of his legs, so that the chair will be an appropriate height when completed, as well as his width at the shoulders and his length, cautions Dogasaur.
Cut the PVC pipe to the correct height and length using a cutter or handsaw. You will need four pieces to account for the dog's height from the ground and four that are his length. You will also need two cross bars for the back and front of the apparatus. These need to be cut to the width of the dog.
Measure the fabric or other covering that you will use. It should fold over each of the four sides of the structure. Make a fabric sleeve, or tunnel, at each side to accommodate the PVC pipe. Use a sewing machine to sew the fabric before inserting the pipe.
Insert each of the cross and side bar pieces into the appropriate fabric loops. Connect the pieces of bar using PVC glue. Use the PVC T's to form the cross pieces and the elbows to construct the frame.
Add the wheels in the appropriate position at the bottom of the wheelchair frame. Be sure that they are tightly secured. Try the chair with dog.
Tips and warnings
- All materials and steps provided by The Daily Puppy are intended for use with small dogs. All supplies used in the making of dog wheelchairs will depend on the size of the dog. The site also recommends using a pillow to make your pet more comfortable. Those seeking modifications to the dog wheelchair may want to explore related articles on The Daily Puppy.
- Always consult a veterinarian before using a wheelchair or cart with your dog. Watch your pet for chafing or other signs of discomfort.
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