Animal Wheelchair – KartWheelZ – Specialized Pet Solutions
Animal Wheelchairs can be very helpful for your pets mobility in the case of amputation or paralysis. Our KartWheelZ wheelchair is custom designed for every unique situation and we will help engineer the best possible device for your animal. Please call us for more information regarding our animal mobility devices.
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KartWheelZ is our custom designed animal wheelchair. Every case is unique, and a “one size fits all” approach does not work with most animals. That is why we have our expert fabricator custom design, engineer and fabricate your animals device to suit their specific needs. An animal wheelchair can be used for hind leg weakness or in place of a prosthetic, sometimes wheelchairs are used in conjunction with a partial limb prosthetic and/or a brace/orthotic. Every animal deserves to live their best life and mobility is a top priority.
Each wheelchair is made out of high quality materials and manufactured to the highest standards right here in the United States. We have successfully fit dogs, and goats with wheelchairs and are open to discussing any unique cases you may have.
Animal wellness is our top priority and we offer a 5% discount to any animal shelter or sanctuary.
Once you order your device from Specialized Pet Solutions, we mail out a casting kit. Once you receive this casting kit watch the video on our YouTube or in the links provided in the product pages of our website on how to cast an animal. It is helpful to watch the video prior to casting as it allows you a visual of the process and will aid in gathering the necessary materials needed to do the cast. If you are uncertain about doing the casting yourself, your veterinarian can also do it for you (they’re fee’s will apply). Once the cast is complete ship it back to us and we will create a mold of your animals limb. With the mold we create your custom device. Please allow 12-14 business days for manufacturing. We will then mail your custom animal wheelchair to you.
Please be understanding and nurturing while your pet acclimates to this new tool. All animals treat braces differently and adjust accordingly.
Our prices start at $995, price is determined by size and difficulty. Please call for further information on how we can help your animal today 833-682-7375
Beauty the Bald Eagle: A poacher shot Beauty, tragically maiming her beak so that she couldn’t eat by herself anymore and was dependent on hand-feeding for survival. After three years a group of volunteers made her a prosthetic beak, which allowed her to grasp food herself and eat properly again.
Riley the Mare: Infections like the one Riley had, thanks to a contaminated metal plate that was placed in her limb, are so common that it seems to be a given that the horse will just have to be put down. But this quarter horse’s survival of the infection and the use of a prosthetic limb are showing people that this doesn’t have to be the case. Riley’s survival is truly an inspiration to many.
Oscar the Cat: Oscar the cat’s hind legs were severed by a combine harvester while he snoozed in a maize field near his home in Jersey off the mainland of the United Kingdom. A passing cyclist found him and brought him back to his owners; at the time they said he was so covered in blood there was no way they thought he would make it. They got him to an animal hospital known for its pioneering work on the mainland of the UK, and Oscar was given then-unheard-of surgery and fitted with implanted prosthetics. He has been through a few surgeries to ensure the prosthetics are functioning properly and is known as Oscar the Bionic Cat.
These stories are becoming legion, with more and more extraordinary tales of survival and improved quality of life across a larger and larger variety of species all the time. One of the most important considerations, though, must be whether or not a prosthetic will help with improving the animal’s quality of life.
It’s easy to think that we know what is best for our pet, but it’s important to pay attention to the very real concerns about what a prosthetic will help them gain...and what it will not. A prosthetic isn’t the same as an original limb, no matter how hard we all want it to be. And it’s important to consider your pet’s happiness, possibly in contrast to your own. Your happiness at the thought of your pet successfully using a prosthetic may not be the same as your pet’s, and it’s important that you are able to differentiate between the two.
There are three major considerations to make if you are considering a prosthetic for your pet:
- Challenges for your pet: Device suspension, device rotation, and occasionally friction pressure sores are all considerations to make in terms of whether or not a prosthetic will do greater harm than good for your pet, by yourself, your vet, and your prosthetist.
- Is your pet a good candidate? Certain requirements exist that must be met to make sure that your pet will be comfortable and adapt well to a new limb.
- Make sure you and your vet’s goals are the same: Prosthetics can be made to meet so many goals it is important to ensure you’re on the same page in terms of mobility, type of support, stress, and movement, and other issues that will arise as your pet begins to use their prosthetic.
As always, it is imperative to include your prosthetist in many of these conversations to ensure everyone is on the same page.
As your prosthetist, we will generally communicate primarily with your vet about all of the specifics of the prosthetics. We’ll make sure we discuss everything we’ve discussed above as well as anything more that needs to be discussed in order to determine the right fit for your pet the first time.
We will ship you a casting kit along with everything you need to cast your pet. If you are not comfortable casting your pet, please make an appointment with your veterinarian to assist you in the casting process. Your veterinarian will be involved in this process, so having them cast your pet for you may be a good idea; if they are familiar with your pet and you feel comfortable casting the animal, it isn’t necessary to have the vet do the casting, however.
If you have any questions throughout the process please contact us.
If a prosthetic device isn’t right for your animal, they may be able to use an orthotic device. You can read more about that process here.
We look forward to working with you and your pet!