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Question DetailsAsked on 1/16/2018

Vet tech to cut aging dogs bail in my home in Portsmouth, Vater your question...

Arthritic dog cannot get in an out of car needs nails trim in my home in Merrifield section of Portsmouth, Va

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Other alternative - there are animal loading ramps for under $100 or you can build yourself with plywood (hinged in the middle so it will fit in car) - generally for a reduced mobility dog you need one no steeper than about 30 degrees (1 in 2 rise), should have good traction surface like non-slip surface or even better, WELL fastened carpeting for their nails to bite into (but not loop shag, that will hook their nails).

To assist them, assuming you have the necessary strength relative to the weight of the dog, into the car your should also have an under-chest type harness like this - one that has a wide or padded breastbone piece and straps (wider or more padded the better) both around the neck and around the chest as shown, with a "handle" piece on the top for you to lift up and help take most of the weight off when they are getting in. Basically a blind service dog design but without the elevated handle - you want the top strap to be close to the spine so you are not lifting the weight with your hands too far off the ground- hard on your back. For a smaller dog or one with not terrible mobility the harness itself (which is also a convenient things to hook a seatbelt through for driving safety) can be used to just help the animal "jump" into the car.

The ramp and harness solution also would provide you with the ability to load/unload the pet for either routine or emergency visits to the vet. And best to use it occasionally to take the animal for a dog park romp to keep you both used to it and to prevent it being associated with just visits to the vet. You do not want to get into a situation where if he/she needs an emergency visit to the vet that you do not have the means of getting him/her into the car without calling on neighbors or relatives for help - because you would lose possibly critical time plus might be in the middle of night or at a workday time when finding neighbors at home might be hard.

One other thing- sincemost vets will send a tech or receptionist out to help you unload a limited mobility or immobile pet, a good thing might be to find/make a place in your front yard/drive area where you can park the car next to or backed up to a higher spot, to make the ramp more level for the dog to just walk in. A cut spot in a bank, a planter box or railroad tie palnter or such, for instance. Obviously, easier done it you have a pickup or SUV/wagon where you can do rear-loading rather than through a swing-open car side door.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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