There are many commercial dog slings available to assist pets with decreased strength/mobility. A homemade sling is also sufficient, made from a towel or scarf, with or without handles sewn in. Below are some of the slings most commonly used by our clients. Slings are helpful when lifting dogs that require assistance on forelimbs and hindlimbs, and prevent patients from falling forward; they typically also have a handle across the back to help lift/stabilize.
ComfortLift Carrier - resonably priced, durable, and lined with fleece inside which makes it comfortable for our patients.
The Walkabout Harness can be worn throughout the day and is held in place with velcro. This is helpful for patients who need to use slings constantly throughout the day.
Life jackets are useful for large dogs that have weakness in all four limbs. They are especially helpful in dogs that are recovering from cervical procedures. They are helpful because they allow owners to assist their dogs with walking by holding onto the handle on the back of the jacket. Life jackets provide padded support around the chest, and prevent patients from falling forward. They are also helpful in dogs that are undergoing hydrotherapy. Some of the life jackets that have been used by our clients are listed below.
While many of our patients with spinal disorders or other neurological problems recover quickly after treatment, some need more help. Some of these pets will benefit greatly from physical therapy. Below are some of the physical therapy centers in the surrounding area. If your pet is a patient at Veterinary Neurology Center, we are happy to help facilitate a referral to one of these centers.