Parts List Parts Identiﬁ cation Wheelchair Use Care and Maintenance Fitting the Dog Troubleshooting
PARTS IDENTIFICATION 2011 Best Friend Mobility | www.bestfriendmobility.org | 503.575.9407 Introduction Product Information How to Measure Parts List Parts Identiﬁ cation Wheelchair Use Care and Maintenance Fitting the Dog Troubleshooting
WHEELCHAIR USE 2011 Best Friend Mobility | www.bestfriendmobility.org | 503.575.9407 Introduction Product Information How to Measure Parts List Parts Identiﬁ cation Wheelchair Use Care and Maintenance Fitting the Dog Troubleshooting If your dog is completely non-weight bearing on the hind legs and will be using the leg straps, then it is normal for the front legs to require some strengthening time for compensation of the rear legs and full comfortable use of the Best Friend Mobility wheelchair. Please allow about weeks for full strengthening of the front limbs you can strength train your dog with partial weight bearing assist using a leash connected to the front harness. Is you dog too weak to stay on his frotn legs while in the Best Friend Mobility, from being overweight or being inactive You may need to attached a leash to the front harness to help support his weight until your pet gets conditioned. If your dog’s front legs do not get strong enough within a few short weeks, he may need something other than what the Best Friend Mobility can provide. Make sure your dog isn’t always trying to lay down or notable to hold his own weight after a couplr of weeks. He may even roll backwards, even with continued use. These are all signs that his front legs aren’t strong enough to use the Best Friend Mobility. However, your dog may initially move backwards instead of forward in the Best Friend Mobility. This is an unfamiliar situation and your dog is backing out Your dog will eventually become comfortable and begin to move forward with some assurance and encouragement. Get your Best Friend Mobility wet Your Best Friend Mobility is mostly made of aluminum, which will not rust. If you use the Best Friend Mobility in saltwater, rinse it off after use, otherwise, getting the unit wet will not damage it. If you are near a beach, don’t forget to rinse off the sand and dirt from moving parts of the Best Friend Mobility. If the traction on the heels of your dog’s Best Friend Mobility are poor, there maybe an easy solution. You may want to check the tire pressure remembering to keep the pressure at slightly below the required PSI. Make the wheels are also spinning freely. If the wheels track to one side more than the other, it may simply be how your dog walks naturally. You may notice his walk more due to his new wheelchair, however, he or she will get used to the Best Friend Mobility and be able to compenstate in due time. Also make sure that your dog is centered from side to side and adjust straps if necessary. Check your dog’s weight balance and height to see if the Best Friend Mobility is suitable for him or her to use (See How to Measure, page Make sure the wheels can spin freely.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE 2011 Best Friend Mobility | www.bestfriendmobility.org | 503.575.9407 Introduction Product Information How to Measure