Introduction: Dachshund Wheelchair

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our dachshund hurt his back, so for rehab we made him swim a lot and i built this chair until he could use his back legs again.

Step 1: Some Assembly Required

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bought about $20 worth of stuff

Step 2: All Together Now

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parts: 2 - 8" pneumatic wheels, 1 aluminum tent pole, 2 dome nuts, 1 medium black dog harness,

2 locking nuts, 1 box of tennis racket padding,

2 metal right angle frame braces, 1 8" all-thread,

2 crown locking nuts, 4 - 1/8x3/4" nuts and bolts,

2 tap screws, 2 -5/8 carriage bolts and nuts,

1- 36" aluminum shaft

i believe i found the wheels at "northern tool co":
tent poles:
all thread rod from home depot
the harness is made by petwear and it is a medium harness.

Step 3: Wrapped the Harness to the Bar

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made a U shaped bar and wrapped it with tennis racket tape

Step 4: Last Step

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fixed it all together and made it to where it would adjust for length of the dog.

Step 5: Figure 8

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i bent the aluminum rod into a figure 8 shape with a mallet, by hands and a vise.
i made sure there were no ruff marks on it so it wouldn't scratch the pup.

Step 6: Another

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i drilled to small recessed holes in the aluminum shaft to connect the L-brackets.
and bolted them together. i hand-sanded the heads of the screw to wear they were smooth.


nelie126 (author)2012-08-01

My Duchshund was completely paralized in his back. The Vet. said they had to operate. Unfortunately I couldn't afford the operation of R7000,00 plus. Myhusband build him a car from this instructions. We also got a prescription for ""Rimadyl" chewable tablets.

We gave him the medication twice a day, and after a month and a half my dog is completely recovered. This is true and the Vet's will kill me for this, but this is not the first duchshund that we treated on this medication and all 3 recovered.

While recovering my dog loved his car and was mobile. Thanks to this site who gave us the instructions on how to build the car.


ConnieR22 (author)nelie1262016-03-04

what are rimadyl I have a wiener dog and he started walking funny last night it got worse this morning I took him to the vet who said it looks like he may have slipped a disc we r trying prednisone he cant walk with out falling over and I need advice what to do next thanks connie

joelsprayberry (author)nelie1262012-08-02

thanks for sharing the story! that is the exact reason that i posted it on here! awesome~

Fredrick1111 (author)2015-11-11

Hello I have a dachshund named Frederick He Is paralyzed from the waist down and has issues with his bowels It has been almost three days We cannot afford the surgery They are vet keeps telling us that is probably best if he is euthanized I have read stories about dogs that have successfully Had productive lives With the wheelchairAlong with some pain management medication Does anyone have any thoughts or experience Of dogs regaining their ball ability Or the quality of life you see your dogs having in the wheelchairsIt pains my family and I so much to think we won't have our Frederick Any helpful opinions or experiences will help

bethastor (author)Fredrick11112016-07-19

I hope this isn't too late. Unless the dog is constantly in unmanageable pain, then you can absolutely provide him with a wonderful life after the injury! Our dog Beans is 11 years old and she blew 2 spinal discs about a year ago. For about a month she received daily cortisone shots. Once she still didn't regain her mobility they did a scan and discovered the blown discs. The vet did not want to operate because of her age and he said that there is no guarantee that the surgery would work. So we got her a wheelchair, a bunch of washable dog diapers, and changed how we care for her. The wheelchair has helped her regain strength and confidence. She can still run with the other dogs. It was a tough transition for all of us but I can assure you that she lives a very happy productive life!!

MarciM5 (author)Fredrick11112015-11-15

My 4 year old dachshund hurt his back 5 weeks ago, paralyzed rear legs, no bladder control, but he could wag his tail. Without an MRI they couldn't tell us the prognosis, 3 vets and a neurologist wanted to do surgery. Surgery was $8500, not a guarantee and the recovery was 12 months. We opted to not do surgery. The first three weeks were rough, we had to express bladder by pushing on stomach. I cut a hole for his tail in baby diapers and he wore those until he regained bladder control. bought lots of pee-pads too. He's got a baby playpen, lined with blankets and a cushy dog bed. Probably right around 3 weeks he began urinating on his own, we had to retrain bc as soon as he had the urge we had to take him out. He's been on just prednisone, we stopped the pain meds and muscle relaxers at about 3 weeks as well. he's in good spirits. we did leg stretches, massages, tickling his paws. He's slowly gaining control, can take steps, but wobbly. He seems to get better every week. Its tough, but if you can dedicate the time, it gets better. we've got an appointment with a holistic vet in two weeks, looking into acupuncture and a cart if we need one.

AmyleighM (author)MarciM52016-04-26

Did your dog have bowel issues too? Mine is wagging tail but no leg movement he ca support his weight on his hind legs if I keep his body still but he is not pooping did your dog have an issue with that? This just happened to mine. And how to u keep them from getting pressure or friction sores when they drag their hind legs

Just checking back to see if anyone has had their daushun unable to pee on his own because of the spinal injury an regain it if so how long

RachelM108 (author)Fredrick11112016-04-13

I know this post is 5 months old and I hope your boy is doing much better by now! But I just wanted to share for anyone else in this situation reading this, my lil guy, Cupid, fell 6ft off a wall onto concrete (being too adventurous?) and was paralyzed from the waist down. I had to express his bladder for a few weeks and vets said he'd never walk again but he did! He was running four weeks later! But now that he's older he is feeling the effects of his previous injury. He's 14 and getting his first wheels!

jthompson-4 (author)Fredrick11112015-11-13

Your dog can live a very high quality life in wheels. And it is possible he can regain function to pee again. Have your vet teach you to express his bladder for him. 4-weeks of crate rest with anti inflamatorys and pain pills often improves things greatly. If no one has given you the link go to Dodgers List its a site all about dogs with IVDD

qwaytroh (author)2016-01-24

Would this design work on a corgi?

Mylilmojo (author)2015-06-19

My 6yr old baby ruptured a disc and when he for home from the vets office where he received IV steroids, i was anxious to get him back to some normalcy. We have his wheelchair done with a few tweeks that need to be made.
where do the shock pads go?
how exactly did u attach the harness?
Are his feet suppose to touch the ground? (He's regaining strength in one back leg and uses it almost normally, just one is weaker and not as cooperative) I don't want to weaken the leg we've strengthened.

We used pipe foam for cushion but i think it's a little too thick and bulky

EOGunChick (author)Mylilmojo2015-11-08

How is your puppy recovering? Also, are you or someone in your household home full time with them? If not, how does that work when you're away? My 5 1/2yo just hurt her back a few days ago and we don't know what to do, because we both work full time. He's taking this week off to care for her, but, unless she shows significant improvement by weeks end, we aren't sure what we're going to have to do. Any advice is welcomed.

jthompson-4 (author)EOGunChick2015-11-13 Dodgers list is a great resource for dogs who have gone down. Read, It has a ton info and options on what to do, where to get help, how to manage this. Your dog can have good quality of life

1994Lincoln (author)2015-05-11

Question--the sides look like they can pull out for adjusting--how does that work and what locks them into place? Also, how did you connect the curved over the back peice to the sides?
Suggestion--old umbrella strollers are cheap and offer great wheels--if I can figure out the 2 things that just won't come together in my head.

yes the shafts inside the aluminum rods do slide out for adjusting to the length of the dog. i just drilled a small hole and put a screw in it to keep it from moving.
good idea on the umbrella strollers.
as for the curved piece, it is actually all one piece. like a letter "U" with the bottom bent up. if that makes sense.
let me know how it goes.

Do you have a youtube that shows how to make this?
My 12 year old Yorkshire just lost usage of his hind legs yesterday the vet immediately instead he will need an expensive surgery I can't afford. He doesn't seem to be in pain, I want him to be able to get around. Thank you.

taebryson (author)2015-04-21

i have a dumb quesiton. how does your dog go to the bathroom using a wheel chair. i have a 10 year old daush. she have ivdd and is on steriods. thinking about making a wheelchair.

joelsprayberry (author)taebryson2015-04-22

we usually just kept the dog in the chair for small amounts of time. it was for rehab so he was able to go while not in the chair.
let me know how it works out. i hope it helps

tonyscott (author)2014-04-19

nice job. where have you got the wheels ? thanks. tony

joelsprayberry (author)2013-07-29

Thanks cartoonkitten24! Many folks and pets alike have benefited from his ailment and rehab.

cartoonkitten24 (author)2013-07-28

The story behind it was very touching. Your dog has captured my heart.

dianag1968 (author)2013-05-03

It's people like you that make this world go round with kindness, to help these people and their pets. Pay in forward kind of way, way to go. Keep up the great work.

bmccoy-schultz (author)2013-04-02

I just found out 2 weeks ago that our dachshund was unable to move her hind leags. My dad was watching her and he's not sure what happened but she was given an x-ray, steroid shot and a pain killer. She is able to wag sometimes and can control her bowls a little better as well. But her legs are not able to support her. Thank you for your help so we can afford to build her a wheel chair. We rescued her 4 yrs ago, my 14yr daughter named her Missie Mae and she is now 8yrs. I know she can't wait to run again. Will post a picture when I can.

Let us know how things go!

Kiteman (author)2013-02-18
Even piglets are getting in on the act now:

Trino1 (author)2013-01-24

Thank you for sharing and for the pics, very nice, very simple, very easy, I think this is a real Instructable masterpiece.

Dany2345 (author)2012-07-28

Very good.
I should really start to build one for my dachshund.
He is so active that he could easily hurt his back at any time.
Hopefully he will not get hurt before i finish it.
Thanks for sharing.

P.S. You know you could make a online store for it, in case someone needs it for his or her dog, but can't make the wheelchair.

joelsprayberry (author)Dany23452012-08-02

i have considered it in the past but chose to make no money on it to honor my dog "jubal-lee' and his legacy.

Dany2345 (author)joelsprayberry2012-08-02

Now that you make me think about it, it seems like you chose the best decision.
Hopefully more people will see this before their dog gets hurt.

funsize07 (author)2012-07-13

I think that this is a great idea, but i think i will just keep my dachshund in his kennel for a while. (while taking out for a while every hour, not to be cruel to leave him alone)

It is a very good idea but its probably putting alot of pressure on his front legs, I would suggest some sort of weight on the back to take the load off. I hope he gets better.

Tony Rimmer (author)2012-04-27


CJSudduth (author)2012-02-01

How about using insulation pipe foam.. that way you could place anything metal through the pipe foam instead of wrapping anything metal with tape.. or even placing material (cutie stuff) with velcro to wrap it around the metal/foam ... so.. metal placed in foam then material w/velcro ... maybe even when just going for a walk make it safety proof by attaching a little flag to the back so the little dog would be seen like a biker with a flag .. lol.. Using bright color material or tape would make your little guy more visiable..

solta4 (author)2011-11-19

Where do I get the instructions to build that it looks really cool I read one of the post and someone had said great instruction and I just wanted to know where their at.. Thanks Ed

airsoft master 25 (author)2011-11-01

great idea i should use that for my corgi

digem (author)2011-10-21

We really like your idea of the wheelchair. We just found out our 7 year old doxie, Dig'em, is suffering from IVDD. Can you give more details about the wheelchair? Like what is the curved bar made out of and how did you attach it to the side pieces?

JohanW (author)2008-08-23

Hi all, I am from South Africa and has just drowned in debt for my dachsie (son). He is in rehab and I have to treat/look after him all day long. He is a champion mouser and even after surgery he was able to trap one, although I had to help him. Thanks for the info on building a wheelchair for him as I think it is going to take a long time before he will be able to walk decent again.

carratul (author)JohanW2010-06-22

Archie & I are also from South Africa. Archie lost the use of his legs 5 days ago. The option of surgery is a no go as there is only a 5% chance he will recover the use of his hind legs. My wonderful husband is going to build the wheelchair for him and after his 6 week caging, I am hoping he will be back to his old self. joelsprayberry , THANK YOU!!! I have 7 of these wonderful dogs and although we have had close calls in the past, this is the first time I have had to deal with paralysis and without your design I would not know what to do. Can anyone tell me where I can get the 18" wheels here in Johannesburg, South Africa?

MPrinsloo (author)carratul2011-10-18

hi, Im from South Africa aswell, my dachie just under went surgery to fix his IVDD. Im currently looking for someone is SA who makes wheelchairs for dogs. The vet said this would help with the recovery process. did you find someone who could help you? hopefully Archie is doing fine?

jojojovich (author)2011-08-15

Also, where can you find a number of sizes of wheels... ? Has anyone found any really light-weight wheels? Thanks SO much!!

jojojovich (author)2011-08-15

This looks SO great! Thank you for these plans!!

My 17-y-o dachshund/beagle mix is skidding after coming down stairs, obviously having hind-leg issues, so I thought of a wheelchair option, though will also need to craft some stairs-ramps too. I guess the wheelchair can work on the ramps also... does anyone combine the two like that?

I also see that he is MUCH healthier, hind-leg-wise when he gets more exercise, so I am also worried that a wheelchair may have his leg-use disintegrating even faster.... :(

tmcmellon (author)2011-07-17

My dog is Oddie and he is 3 years.Found out yesterday he may never walk again,he is no pain but im really have a hard time with it .Im so sad.So nice to read about everyone else.thank you .How im trying to find a way to make him a chair. thank you all

volvette (author)tmcmellon2011-08-04

tmcmellon, My neighbors have a 12 year old dog that hasn't been able to completely walk in about 6 or 7 years. every year in late summer he has a short bust of time where will go back to being able to stumble around outside, but generally he is in his wheelchair. They spent a TON of money trying to get him help-- weekly therapy, surgery that didn't work, and finally on their dog's namebrand wheelchair. The chair looks almost exactly like this one. it has more cushioning, however that's easy to add!

even if you have to put your young dog in a wheelchair, he can still live a long, happy life! :)

tmcmellon (author)volvette2011-08-12

Thank you

cupcake_love (author)2011-08-11

You obviously loved your dog a lot :) this is really sweet! So the dog can pull the wheels along?

joelsprayberry (author)2010-09-14

Knurd, the chair looks great! The best feeling in the world was when we placed JubalLee in it for the first time. He zoomed away at 100mph as though nothing was wrong it was awesome.

knurd (author)joelsprayberry2010-09-25

Joel, your design is great. Mine was based on yours and of course available materials. It was a true labour of love, re-engineering it, as the needed. thanks again.

joelsprayberry (author)knurd2011-02-08

Got any pics yet?

mcarlin (author)joelsprayberry2010-09-19

Thanks for sharing about this chair we are going to try to make dudley one today, he has lost the use of his hind legs and afraid that he is not going to be able to use them anymore we live in lufkin and just no anyplace to get a wheelchair around here. dudley was a rescusesd dog and we have had him for about 7 yrs now so we dont know how old he is. hopefully this willl make him happy to get back outside.

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