There are a number of sites which supply equipment and clothing for pets with disabilities of all kinds, from sensory disabilities such as blindness and deafness, through to mobility inhibiting disabilities such as spinal injuries, amputations and arthritis, as well as secondary complications such as incontinence. Whatever your dog’s disability, it is becoming increasingly possible that there is equipment and clothing available to help them lead a near-normal, and very happy life.
Here are some of the best: –
US supplier and manufacturer of Rex Specs K9 eyewear. Rex Specs are durable and functional. These canine goggles are designed to provide maximum range of view, stay in place regardless of the activity level, and provide eye protection from sun, debris and vegetation in all environments. Rex Specs’ polycarbonate lens blocks harmful UV rays.
UK supplier of the Optivizor. The Optivizor provides full facial protection for dogs that have had eye or facial surgery, for dogs that are blind or that have photosensitivity, and for working dogs that are in rescue or security work where shielding of the face is beneficial for dog safety.
US supplier of Doggles eyewear. Doggles are protective eyewear designed just for dogs! All Doggles lenses are anti-fog, shatterproof, and offer 100% UV protection. Suitable for dogs with eye conditions, sensitivity to UV light and partial sight loss or blindness.
Note: if your dog has Glaucoma speak to your vet or a veterinary ophthalmologist, before using the goggle-version of Doggles, as they may cause an increase in ocular pressure. If you choose to use the goggles, make sure to use Doggles ILS (instead of Doggles Originalz) because they have a deeper cup and are therefore more suitable for dogs with protruding or bulging eyes. If in any doubt use open mesh eyewear instead or choose an alternative form of eyewear such as the Optivizor or Rex Specs K9 Eyewear. Doggles Mesh Eyewear are not designed to protect against vegetation and debris however, if your dog won’t or can’t wear any other form of protective eyewear, then Doggles Mesh Eyewear will provide at least some degree of protection
UK supplier of Doggles, the goggles for dogs which protect their eyes from sun damage and the wind. Doggles are particularly useful for partially sighted or blind dogs to protect their eyes from unseen hazards such as protruding branches, long grass etc. Note: if your dog has Glaucoma speak to your vet or a veterinary ophthalmologist, before using the goggle-version of Doggles, as they may cause an increase in ocular pressure. If in any doubt use open mesh eyewear instead or choose an alternative form of eyewear such as the Optivizor or Rex Specs K9 Eyewear. Doggles Mesh Eyewear are not designed to protect against vegetation and debris however, if your dog won’t or can’t wear any other form of protective eyewear, then Doggles Mesh Eyewear will provide at least some degree of protection
US Manufacturer and supplier of BlindSight® and BlindSight-S for Canines. These devices are specialized “Sonar” emitters which produce a sound that may be used by a dog to navigate, in much the same way as a dolphin or bat. The sound produced by the BlindSight® unit is well outside of the human hearing range.
US Manufacturer and supplier of the Halo Vest, which is designed to help blind dogs navigate their way around, whilst avoiding injuring themselves by bumping into objects they can’t see. The Halo Vest consists of a light weight vest that the animal wears around its neck and front legs, with a lightweight yet sturdy hoop or “halo” which goes around the face. The halo acts as a bumper guard should the dog run into something.
US Manufacturer and supplier of Muffin’s Halo which is a custom-designed product to protect blind dogs of all sizes from bumping into walls and objects. It is a great aid to help blind dogs become familiar with existing or new surroundings quickly. Muffin’s Halo is lightweight and comfortable. This blind dog product does not hinder a dog’s normal daily activity and gives them their confidence back!
UK supplier of a range of collars, leads and harnesses which use a colour coded system and large embroidered text to warn of any special issues with your dog, for example if your dog is deaf, blind, nervous, in training, not good with other dogs, or even if your dog is friendly and therefore is safe to approach.
US supplier of Dr Buzby’s Toe Grips, which help older and arthritic dogs keep their footing on slippery hard floors such as wood, laminate or tiled floors by providing extra traction. Made of natural nonslip material that grips the floor in a way dog’s toenails cannot. The only product on the market that use dogs’ natural bio-mechanics, by providing traction through their toenails.
Manufacturer of Biomechanically Correct Orthotics and Prosthetics for Animals. OrthoPets provide prosthetic limbs for amputees and orthotic supports and braces for weakened limbs and joints, all custom made for each individual patient. OrthoPets are based in Denver, USA but they now have distributors around the world:-
- OrthoPets Europe – Authorised distributor OrthoPets Europe
- OrthoPets Australia – Authorised distributor Dogs In Motion
UK based European distributor of OrthoPets LLC (based in Denver, USA). Industry Leaders in Custom Fabricated Veterinary Orthotic & Prosthetic solutions – prosthetic limbs for amputees and orthotic braces & supports for those with weak and/or painful joints. All of their devices are custom made for each individual patient.
UK supplier of Walkin’ Wheels® wheelchairs/carts for physically disabled dogs. Walkin’ Wheels® are available to fit dogs between 20 and 180lbs and the Walkin’ Wheels Mini® has been designed to meet the needs of small pets weighing under 20lbs, such as Dachshunds & Yorkies. Walkin’ Wheels® are different from all the pet wheels sold in the last 20 years because they are so completely adjustable.
A US site which offers “a full range of mobility, safety, transport and incontinence products for your elderly, disabled and injured pets”. Products include Walkin’ Wheels® wheelchairs/carts plus dog lift harnesses and slings, drag bags, orthotic and prosthetic braces, doggie diapers & bedding for incontinent dogs, steps and ramps and much more!
A UK manufacturer of a range of uniquely designed carts and harnesses for disabled, infirm and/or recovering dogs. Their range contains products designed to help dogs with differing degrees of immobility, from limb weakness right through to total paralysis.
UK specialists in Waterproof, Hardwearing dog beds and pet beds, Extra Large Dog beds, Memory Foam Dog Beds, Disability Aids, Animal Health and Trion:Z Pet Collars. Health For Animals make the beds to order and they are willing to accommodate special requests such as a specific size, style or even a name sewn into the bed.
UK supplier of dog pants for all types and sizes of dogs. With pants for bitches in season, for dogs who need help with house training and for incontinent dogs. The Nappy Pants are for the girls and the Belly Bands are for the boys.
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