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Best Friend Mobility Dog Wheelchair

Lightweight adjustable aluminum frame (non-rust)Non-rust stainless hardware - very simple and quick assemblyAllows pet to use the bathroom while in cartAll terrain polyurethane wheels with sealed bearingsIdeal for dogs with hip dysplasia, arthritis & any other condition that results in rear leg pain or weakness
Average Customer Rating:
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2 out of 4(50%)reviewers recommend this product.
Customer Reviews for Best Friend Mobility Dog Wheelchair
Review 1 for Best Friend Mobility Dog Wheelchair
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5

Give your best friend a new outlook on life

PostedAugust 15, 2013
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from Los Angeles, CA
I purchased this wheelchair for my poodle earlier this year. He is now extremely active, looks forward to his daily walks and can even run in this chair. I have so happy I purchases this for him. Total new outlook on life and even better quality of life for a member of my family. I would recommend this wheelchair. I'm a female in my mid 20's and was able to figure out the assembly. I would suggest the manufactures provide the buyer with extra because the caps do fall off easily.
I would recommend this to a friend!
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Review 2 for Best Friend Mobility Dog Wheelchair
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1 / 5
1 / 5

Product is disappointing

PostedApril 2, 2013
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from Little Canada Minnesota
This product seems like a wonderful product if you can ever figure out how to get it fully assembled and adjusted the direction are very vague and there are no good pictures or specificas on how to adjust it or properly fit it I think it would work great if I could figure it out and how it is suppossed to be but as of today 4-2-13 I am thinking of returning it due to the difficulty of on how to use it and have my dog benefit from it the directions are very vague and incomplete and the picute is so tiny with no details abaout anything so I would not at this point recommend this product
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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Review 3 for Best Friend Mobility Dog Wheelchair
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1 / 5
1 / 5

Not good for large disabled dogs

PostedDecember 9, 2012
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from nj
We hoped this was the solution to our 100 pound German Shepherd with two herniated discs. Unfortunately, it's a huge disappointment and waste of time. Not only were the instructions to assemble it horrible, the instructions to put it on the dog were just as bad. I would guess that they are strong enough to hold the weight of a dog but it required three people to even attempt to get it on him. I'm assuming it would be good for a little dog that you can carry and hold into a standing position while it's put on, but try that with a huge german shepherd that has no mobility at all on his back legs. You have to lift all the weight of the dog up to be able to attach the harness to the cart. And the strap that they give you is awful - he absolutely hated it and if it was used, couldn't be used for bathroom purposes. Thankfully, Petco has a generous return policy so we were able to try it multiple times before we finally gave up. It's so disappointing that this didn't work. Will keep looking for a better model.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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Review 4 for Best Friend Mobility Dog Wheelchair
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Exellent way to give your dog back some mobility

PostedFebruary 11, 2012
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from Denver, Colorado
Our corgi has degenerative myelopathy, which left him mostly paralyzed at the hind end. At 12 years old, he's still a very happy, otherwise healthy dog, but severely limited in mobility. In an attempt to give him a bit of freedom back, we explored lots of different options for dog wheelchairs online - many of them were upwards of $500, and required extensive measurement and fitting. We even set up an appointment with a vet, and were going to pay close to $150, just to have him fitted for the chair - and several hundred more for the chair itself!
Purely by accident, we found this Best Friend wheelchair on Petco's website, and at the low cost we couldn't resist.
We ordered the Small size, since our Corgi is at the upper end of the weight range at 40 pounds, but he's very short. Looking at the pictures, we were worried that it might not be built very well, but when we got it, it feels very solid and well put together.
The wheelchair also has a lot of adjustable features. The size of the leg loops can be adjusted, as can the stirrups for holding your dog's legs up if he has no mobility at all in them. The width can be changed, with a lot of small steps to really fine tune the size, and the bars going to the front harness can be adjusted as well.
For our corgi, we ended up with the bars at nearly the longest setting, with the wheels set all the way at their lowest. Given that corgis are one of the most strangely shaped dogs you can get, I think this shows just how good the adjustment options on this wheelchair are.
They say that not all dogs will take to the wheelchairs right away, but ours LOVED it. All it took was a little coaxing with a treat to get him to take his first steps, and soon he was trotting all around the house, chasing toys and really looking like a dog again. It's amazing just how fast he got completely exhausted, getting his first significant exercise in months. That's one piece of advice I'd give anyone getting one of these chairs - your dog can't lie down while he's in it, so YOU have to pay attention and realize when he needs some rest.
My only complaint is that the manual isn't very detailed - there are a lot of adjustment options and not much guidance on how to get everything set up correctly. Still, if you pay attention to it, and keep watching your dog and making small tweaks and adjustments, you should have it dialed-in in no time.
This wheelchair is built solidly, has lots of adjustment options, and costs half as much as many other brands of dog wheelchair. In addition, knowing that you can return it to a local Petco if it doesn't work out for your dog is great peace of mind. For anyone with a dog who could use some extra mobility, I highly recommend trying this out. Our dog is so much happier being able to run and play again, and at a fraction of the cost of other wheelchair options. This is an excellent product!
I would recommend this to a friend!
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