Pet Mobility Devices-A Guest Blog By Heather Kalinowski Of Trupanion Insurance

Heather Kalinowski is a pet lover and new mom who spends her days helping other pet owners protect their pets with cat and dog insurance. Trupanion offers 90% coverage for diagnostic tests, surgeries, medications, and mobility devices if a pet becomes sick or injured.


Pet owners are always looking for ways to provide the best quality of care and quality of life for their pets. When a crisis strikes, resulting in a disabled pet, these pet owners will be looking for options to keep their pet living a happy, healthy life. Pet mobility devices are just one option.


There are three different kinds of mobility devices: orthotics, prosthetics, and carts.


  • Orthotics are external support structures for a pet’s leg that help reduce pain and maintain comfort. They can be used long-term or for support during the healing process.


  • Prosthetics are used to replace a missing leg or portion of a leg that has been amputated due to a traumatic accident or illness. The device allows the pet to maintain the same level of activity as a pet with all four legs.


  • Carts, often called ‘pet wheelchairs’, are frames in which a pet is placed that replace back-end mobility. Carts are designed to provide support and easy maneuverability for an immobile pet. Typically, a pet must have normal front leg strength in order to power the cart.


These assistive devices aid in the well-being of the pet by correcting or accommodating the pet’s leg, including stabilizing a neurologically deficient limb, providing support for a weak joint, or preventing the shortening of muscles.


A pet can become disabled due to trauma, illness, or old age, but the most common health conditions treated with mobility devices are the following:


  • Neurologically deficient limbs
  • Paralysis
  • Weak joints
  • Shortening of muscles
  • Amputation of limbs
  • Recovery from surgery
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Osteochondrosis
  • Arthritis


Mobility devices can even sometimes replace a more traumatic treatment, such as amputation, so it’s important to have all the options available to make the best decision for the pet.


Have you ever had to utilize a mobility device for your pet?



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  1. Many thanks for the info, Dakota.

    • you are welcome Eva!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  2. I think it’s amazing what can be done for us animals these days!! I met Wyatt the Tripaw Doggie at Blogpaws and he was awesome 🙂

    I hope you’re having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Hi Snoopy! Mom and I also think that it is pretty amazing! We are glad that at least you and Nellie think so! BOL!!!

      i bet that was a blast meeting Wyatt. Mom would have liked to have met him too if Mom hadn’t gotten sick. But Mom said she mostly wanted to meet YOU!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  3. Me thinks these is fabulous!

    • thank you Nellie!!! We do too and are glad that at least TWO of you do!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  4. Hi Dakota here’s your award. I’m sorry for the delay i did have you marked down on the list, but with rushing last night i must of forgot to notify you.

    You can now collect it here.


    • Sheba!!! You are the NICEST doggy!!!!! I am honored! I will be right over! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  5. Hiya Dakota, Dad is researching pet insurance for me, so this was really good information. Thanks lots sweetie!

    • Hi Savannah! Good to hear! I know that Snoopy’s Mom has Trupanion, my Mom signed up for Trupanion a few months ago after having featured them on Cat Chat for the past 2 and a half years. Nope we didn’t get a discount or anything, Mom just heard really good things about them.
      A vet tech at our vet also LOVES Trupanion!
      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

      • oh my cat! Dad will be so glad to hear!! He is tired of searching and they just want somthing for me over my life time and right now I am SO FIT!!!…purrrr be sure to tell Cody, ‘kay????

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