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Does anybody have experience with a front wheelchair for front leg amputee?
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27 July 2017 - 9:42 am
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Hi All, 

I have started to look into a front wheelchair for Schlomo and am wondering if any of you have experience with this? 

My mind is not made up and of course I wouldn't stop his strength and endurance training by any means BUT he would be able to go on longer walks and I think that would make him happy. The hopping takes a lot out of them and he is having these issues with his knees and hips so given all of that I think this could be great for him. 

I have been looking at these guys: 

Eddie's Wheels

I talked to them today. They were really helpful, I had many questions. We go back to water therapy on Monday and they can help me get the correct measurements. I understand it takes front wheelers longer to adjust to the chair but I'm thinking right now it might be worth a shot. 

Any input is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Mascha & Schlomo

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27 July 2017 - 9:59 am
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http://gear.tri.....et-out/You may also want to check out strollers.  Here's a link tomojr our gear blog with some information

Many have found them ro be a great suppoet tool so dogs can srill go for "walks" and, when they get tired, most dogs hop back into their stroller on their own!  And based on the feedback we've seen here, the dogs thoroughly enjoy being "chauffeured" around outside in nature without getting exhausted!

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Hey Sally 🙂

Good call. I have tried a cart with him and he HATED it and jumped out, which was of course terrifying to me. I thought with a wheel chair he might be able to run after a stick if he wanted to. I know he wants to. 

We found a bike trailer on craigslist that they make a stroller conversion kit for. I don't want to rush into it and I don't want to discourage him from walking either. The thought was that maybe the chair and being able to take longer walks/strolls would be good for his psyche. 

We'll keep looking. 

Thank you!

Mascha & Schlomo

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27 July 2017 - 12:13 pm
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schlomo said
I have started to look into a front wheelchair for Schlomo...

Have you consulted with a certified rehab vet/tech yet? A CCRT or CCRP can provide a professional evaluation to help determine if it is time for a wheelchair yet. Many pet parents do more harm than good by getting a wheelchair too soon, or purchasing without a proper evaluation, fitting, and training for best use.

Click any wheelchair link for more information, and consider taking advantage of the Maggie Moo Fund for Tripawd Rehab if you have not already received and expert opinion.

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I called my Rehab Vet today and asked him. He thinks we should give him 6 months to see how well he adjusts. 

Soooo I am jumping the gun...again!

I am interested in hearing about people's experiences with it. Especially because he is an older guy and down the road this might be great for him especially with all of his other ailments. 

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