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?