Many people think that a dog in a stroller is a step too far. But if you have a dog with mobility issues, including old age, they can work wonders for your dog’s mental health and save you a lot of stress and strain.
Imagine not being able to walk a few blocks to the local park… Driving is one way, but then you don’t get as much exercise and your dog enjoys less time in the outdoors.
This is where a stroller can come in. You can still enjoy a walk and your dog gets out without having to rev up the car. In addition, you will probably find that a dog in a stroller is an attention-getter – so be prepared for people to interact with you and your dog on a regular basis.
There are many stroller designs to choose from and most can easily be ordered online for convenience.
When should you consider adding a stroller to your dog’s regime?
- Does your dog pull up lame after only a few short blocks on a regular basis?
- Is the condition chronic – such as arthritis – meaning it isn’t curable?
- Are you managing an older injury, such as a cruciate repair or strain and surgery is not an option?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, a stroller should be considered.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand