Dog Wheelchair




Based on a great design (thanks joelsprayberry!) I decided to make a wheelchair for my pug (Bailey). Her back legs are slowly becoming unusable. Rather than go with a metal design I chose to use 1/2" PVC pipe for the frame, and a height-adjustable fabric saddle. I forgot to take many pictures during construction, and those I did take I used my crappy phone  (apologies).

 The design is intended to be used longer term. Initially it will simply take some of the weight off her back end, but later on when her legs don't work at all I'll attach the leg straps (as shown in the photos).

 Some notes:

 - The bar on the bottom at the back is for stability, but it's also very useful to stand on while putting her into it to prevent it rolling around.
 - I used zip ties to attach her existing harness to the frame
 - I used thick electical cable to help form the "U" shape at the front, then covered the entire thing in medical tape
 - The wheels are intended for a lawn mower. I picked them up at Pricess Auto for about $5 each. You'll want bigger wheels for a bigger dog.
 - The axle for the wheels is simply a thick bolt I had lying around. There are 2 nuts seperating the bolt from the frame to give it a little more balance.
 - I'm not sure the angled braces on the sides were necessary, but they make the frame super strong
 - The saddle and (optional) leg straps are attached with velcro. The purpose of the leg straps is to keep her feet from dragging when she walks (once her back legs don't work any more).
 - I'm clearly not good with a sewing machine. I'm pretty sure anybody else could do a nicer looking job for the saddle.



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    5 years ago on Introduction

    This site is called "Instructables"!! It would be nice to see some INSTRUCTIONS. I realize you have the notes at the end, but a cut list or detailed plans would be nice.

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    Reply 4 months ago

    I notice lately people have turned INSTRUCTABLES into PAYABLES. No longer generous in sharing their personal creations, now they advertise here and you have to buy detailed instructions if you can't figure it out from a photo.

    Really too bad. I used to like this site.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    I am so happy there are ppl. like you in the world.I have cried for 2 years as the dog wheelchairs are beyond my budget.I am on disability and this is one of my service dogs that needs this.Do you ever put one together for ppl. with measurements ?I was wondering as I am 61 and disabled with a cage in my back.If not I will buy instructions if you could let me know how.Thank you and if I could I will private message my phone #.Thank u so much, Lin

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    Reply 3 years ago

    Lindacludwig, I know your comment has been here for a while but did you ever get a response from anyone? There are a couple of places where you could get this built for you easily/cheaply. Let me know if you get this!


    5 years ago

    I'm so sorry, how is your pug? :*(


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I've added a video of her walking (without the leg straps) at