Wheelchairs for Handicapped Dogs - News http://www.ruffrollin.com Wheelchairs for Handicapped Dogs News en-us Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:55:09 UTC http://www.ruffrollin.com todd@consumedesign.com (Todd Heckeler) todd@consumedesign.com (Todd Heckeler) Wheelchairs for Handicapped Dogs Blog: Still Deciding? http://www.ruffrollin.com/blog/03/26/still-deciding/ http://www.ruffrollin.com/blog/03/26/still-deciding/ Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:16:41 +0000 Still deciding on a whether a Ruff Rollin’ Wheelchair is the best option for your dog? Please visit our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/ruffwheels today to view updated photos, our current projects, our new products, and the best testimonials you will see anywhere! We promise, you will not be disappointed!!

]]> Wheelchairs for Handicapped Dogs Blog: Subject: A Great Dog http://www.ruffrollin.com/blog/01/21/subject-a-great-dog/ http://www.ruffrollin.com/blog/01/21/subject-a-great-dog/ Tue, 21 Jan 2014 04:24:50 +0000 A man and woman created a great family. They had a couple of great kids and a wonderful dog. The dog was very dedicated and provided years of companionship, fun and joy to the family.

Over the years the dog became ill. The parents learned from the vet that the dog was not going to get better. They were torn and did not know if they could introduce the burden of this into their kids lives.

As time passed the parents realized it was time. They decided that they would keep the burden off their kids and tell them after the fact.

While the kids were away, the parents had that wonderful dog put to sleep. Upon their return they gathered together and the parents broke the news. The parents said “our doggie was very sick and was suffering. So we had the dog put to sleep. Now it is with God in doggie heaven.”

The parents held their breath…..the parents were very afraid that the youngest kid would not take it well ……..after learning the news and with some time of contemplation the youngest said “well, ……………….I don’t know what God wants with all those dead dogs anyway! ……. Can we go out and play now?”

Well, we are so very sad to say that God received another great doggie Sunday night. After 12 years Louise couldn’t see herself clear of the weight of old age and all the burden it brought

She is in no pain, she is running free now and will stay forever young……

We love you all!

Gracie, Elizabeth, Amy & Jim  

]]> Wheelchairs for Handicapped Dogs Blog: How Much is Too Much? http://www.ruffrollin.com/blog/01/17/how-much-is-too-much/ http://www.ruffrollin.com/blog/01/17/how-much-is-too-much/ Fri, 17 Jan 2014 03:53:18 +0000 I want to preface this blog by stating, I am in no way putting down my competitor’s product. I genuinely believe that every dog wheelchair company in this industry only has the best intentions for their product, and that is to help our family members, our dogs, get the help that they need.

Today I received a phone inquiry from a gentleman asking about a small Dachshund wheelchair. I told him the cost would be $325, plus $20 shipping. He quickly stated that the price was too high.

I wish he would have asked me a few more questions. I wish he would have asked me what materials we use, and what kind of warranty we have? Perhaps it didn’t matter to him. Perhaps it only mattered that he saved a little more money. I have confirmed that there are a few more wheelchairs out on the market that cost less than this $325, for this same size dog. However, after multiple hours of research on these doggie wheelchairs, it has come to my attention that they simply are not the same quality as a Ruff Rollin’ Wheelchair.

Firstly, a Ruff Rollin’ Wheelchair comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame, with the exception of normal wear and tear on the soft goods. It is rare, but if a part should break (under normal wear and tear), we will replace that part at our cost, including shipping (most of the time).

If you are looking at spending less money on a wheelchair for your dog, and that wheelchair comes with less than a lifetime warranty, you are risking spending more money in the long term. Especially, if you have a younger dog. Please take this into consideration. Think about it. If your dog is a 5 year old Dachshund, and there’s a possibility of permanent paralysis, trust me, you don’t want to spend less money on a wheelchair that has a one year warranty! That same wheelchair will end up costing you above and beyond the $325 that seems too high. You will replace parts, and maybe even the whole wheelchair during the life of your dog.

Ruff Rollin’ uses only the highest quality materials we can find. Each wheelchair is built one at a time, custom built for every dog. We support the local US economy as much as we possibly can to give you a sustainable, high quality product. So spend the extra money, trust me, you will thank me later. :)

]]> Wheelchairs for Handicapped Dogs Blog: What does CUSTOM mean? http://www.ruffrollin.com/blog/01/08/what-does-custom-mean/ http://www.ruffrollin.com/blog/01/08/what-does-custom-mean/ Wed, 08 Jan 2014 23:34:04 +0000 When Bernadette, at A Place To Bark, called me about Cricket, she let me know she had a rare case. I do love a challenge, and it’s really hard for me to say no.

One very cool aspect of being a CUSTOM dog wheelchair company is that we get to help dogs like Cricket. Cricket was found in a hoarding situation where the rear half of her body was placed in a coffee can. Her rear legs were fused behind her in a criss-cross shape, with only little movement forward and backward in her hips.

Although we do build a slight cant in the strut of the wheelchair, we knew it wouldn’t be enough to allow room for her knees. So Jason was able to give her nice leg room near the top of the frame with a nice cant, and give the wheels a straight stance, rather than a wider canted stance. This brought the total width of the chair in at an acceptable amount. 

Although we cannot help every case, we sure do give it 110%. In Cricket’s case, she did amazingly well!

Building each part per order allows us to get creative about every build. This is why you might see different designs throughout the website while you are searching. Jason designs each wheelchair per age, condition, and activity level of each dog. Each saddle/sling is also built per order. In Cricket’s case, we debated if she should have a solid foundation to rest her hips, without leg holes. But how would her rear stay on this foundation? We decided to go with the traditional leg holes. This would allow her legs to rest in a natural position, and all we had to do was put a strap over the back to keep her butt in the saddle. :) Another awesome feature is the flexible, soft rear support sling. Bernadette is able to stretch it around Cricket’s little fixed frame, where as a solid system would not have benefited her. 

Thank you Bernadette, for putting your trust in us. I think it was well worth it!

]]> Wheelchairs for Handicapped Dogs Blog: What is Degenerative Myelopathy? http://www.ruffrollin.com/blog/01/06/what-is-degenerative-myelopathy/ http://www.ruffrollin.com/blog/01/06/what-is-degenerative-myelopathy/ Mon, 06 Jan 2014 04:29:40 +0000 Degenerative myelopathy of dogs is a slowly progressive, non-inflammatory, and painless, degeneration of the myelin sheath that surrounds the spinal cord. It is most commonly seen in German Shepherds and Welsh Corgis, although is occasionally recognized in other breeds such as Boxers The cause is unknown, although genetic factors are suspected.

 

The early onset usually occurs later than age 5 and usually begins with a slight knuckling over of the rear feet. You will usually start to notice the toenails starting to wear a little sooner than usual. The knuckling over is due to an inability to sense where the limbs are in space. Some other signs seen during the early stages are progressive weakness in the rear legs, or tremors. You might also notice loss of muscle in the rear legs and difficulty rising. The most common symptom that we see in our DM patients that we fit for a wheelchair for the rear legs is the drunken gait.

 

During the early stages of DM are the most common times to use a dog wheelchair for assistance. A dog with rear limb weakness will often develop front limb weakness due to compensatory strain. In addition, during the early stages of DM stress and pain are not involved, and the help of a wheelchair to support the rear legs, can improve the quality of life profoundly and limit the front limb strain noted.

 

Despite the improved quality of life that a wheelchair can provide during the early stages of DM, this disease is progressive, and will eventually effect the front limbs. You will start to notice a little more stress and anxiety in your dog. Be sure to keep your own stress level managed, as this can speed up the progression of this scary disease.  Speak with your vet, and develop a plan for managed care, such as vitamin supplementation and physical therapy.

 

If your dog has reached middle and end stages of DM and is using the assistance of a pet wheelchair, we do offer a front end extension that can be added to your existing Ruff Rollin’ Rear Support to convert it into a Full Support Wheelchair. At this point, your dog can experience life with a little more support, while you develop a plan for end of life care.

 

Most importantly, find a support group that will help you in all these stages of this disease so you and your dog can enjoy more time together.

 

 

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