My pup was recently diagnosed with Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), and had to undergo an emergency hemilaminectomy, otherwise she risked being paraplegic for the rest of her life. Since having the operation, my dog has lost her ability to walk (hopefully,...
My pup was recently diagnosed with Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), and had to undergo an emergency hemilaminectomy, otherwise she risked being paraplegic for the rest of her life.
Since having the operation, my dog has lost her ability to walk (hopefully, temporarily).
That said... Although she cannot walk, she has since regained full control of her bladder and anal sphincter. This requires me to take her outside a few times during the day to handle her ''business.''
Prior to purchasing this unit, I was using the sling by GingerLead, which seemed like the best option at the time. However, when I went back to vet for my dog''s followup to remove the staples in her back, the neurologist recommended I get a harness similar to the Help Em'' Up Harness, because it supported her hips... Since I couldn''t find that brand on Amazon, I settled on the Solvit. (True Story.)
Anyhow... After receiving and making adjustments to the unit, I took her out for a quick walk to see how it compared to the sling.
I must say... It was MUCH easier to hold her up with this unit. We walked for a few blocks then turned back toward the APT building. (Prior to this, my hands would get tired before even reaching he second block.)
The next step was hoisting her up a small flight of stairs. That''s when I was sold.
Prior to having this unit, I used the sling and another harness (not made for hoisting) to get her up the stairs in my apt building. Although it worked, I felt as if she was uncomfortable everytime I did so.
The next test was in using the unit to get her in her crate (where she needs to spend most of her time for the next few weeks).
Again, the unit was much easier to use than the sling. Less slack, less dragging of her legs. More control.
Since having the unit, I''ve used it to hoist her up stairs, into my small car, into her crate, and of course, on our walks.
At ~$50, this unit is fair priced, and an absolute Godsend to anyone that has a dog that has trouble walking... Or in my case, a dog that is (hopefully, temporarily) paraplegic.
If your dog has an injury, or undergoing rehab (like mine), ditch the sling and get a full body lifting harness.
Your back and forearms will thank you. And your dog will likely recover quicker since their lower spine and hind legs are getting the support they need.
Although the sizing is a bit odd (I ordered and Medium for 62lb pit bull), the unit seems to be well constructed. Although the included shoulder strap may come in handy, I also found it a bit odd to use.
As for getting/fitting the harness, the setup took maybe 10 minutes (since my dog is paraplegic, and I had to maneuver around her more than I would had she been able to stand in her own).
A few other things I suppose worth mentioning is that the hind legs part was significantly looser than the front part. For me the extra slack was welcomed since I walk my dog from the back grip. If I were to decrease the slack (which I can), her legs would be much too far from the ground -- sending her spine into misalignment.
The only othe gripe I have would be the way the front strap works. I dislike the fact my dog has the step into the straps. I feel there is much greater chances for chaffing her upper area.
Some extra (front) padding would be welcomed.
But for ~$50, I''m satisfied nonetheless and could not ask for a better harness for my dog''s recovery. I may invest in some padding and duct tape it to the front straps, and then it''ll be perfect enough.
All the best.