Fighting Depression In a Rehabilitating Pet

With good health and lots of love, our beloved pets do eventually mature into “seniors” just as we humans hopefully will. Occasionally, part of this life transformation includes loss of mobility: perhaps a wobble in the knees, or stumble in the gait. It’s at this crucial stage that pet owners should consider a dog wheelchair for their pet.

Fitting an aging pet with a dog wheelchair is nothing new for the creators of the first
dog wheelchairs, K9 Carts. The Washington State-based company has been helping
older dogs and their owners live longer, healthier lives through the gift of mobility for over fifty years. K9 Carts owner, Barbara Parkes, says-- in regard to an aging pet’s emotional state, “...they become depressed as they know they will only fall down if they keep trying to get up.” Barbara says she’s witnessed literally thousands of depressed dogs become filled with joy after being fitted with a dog wheelchair. “They get a restored confidence when placed in their cart...(The dog) knows that it can get around on its own again, which can improve every facet of its life tremendously.”

Barbara suggests that all owners of an aging pet think carefully about the options available
for both they and their senior pet. There are several dog wheelchair options available specific to each pet’s needs, and financial, physical and practical concerns for owners. Barbara reminds pet owners that, “...our pets cannot tell us how they feel; that is up to us to determine, and we as pet owners need to make the best choice we can for them.” Barbara tells of the numerous occasions where owners of an older pet had “given up hope” before turning to K9 Carts: “It is still so rewarding to see how much difference a dog wheelchair can make in a senior pet’s life. It’s a feeling that never gets old.”

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  • Updated: 4/25/2018: 11:01:18 AM ET
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