33 Notes on measurements 1. The rear leg height measurements (A and Dare to ensure that the wheelchair is set so that your dogsbody is properly supported. When set at the correct height, your pet can use what movement and strength it has in its legs—allowing your pet some traction (instead of pawing air. If your pet has no hind leg strength, use the leg straps to prevent paw dragging. The hip width measurement (C) will help you get the right setting for the crossbars. The right width setting will prevent painful chafing that can occur in improperly set wheelchairs, where your pet’s body may end up repeatedly rubbing against the metal frame. Tips • The front sidearms should be approximately 2 inches below the top of your pet’s shoulders. • The rear sidearms should be approximately 2 inches below the top of your pet’s hip. • The two sidearms of the wheelchair’s frame should be parallel to your pet’s back • Your pet’s sides should be approximately 1 inch away from the side arms. • Your pet’s sides should not rub against the sidearms while your pet is walking. • The front harness should rest snugly but comfortably under your pet’s forelegs. • The front strap should sit slightly above the center of the chest. • The front strap must not press against the throat. • The front strap must not rest below the center of the chest. Because Best Friend Mobility wheelchairs are adjustable, it is important to get your pet fitted properly. Setting the height, length, width, and spring tension (for SitGo wheelchairs) will be your task. Please keep in mind that although some pets are able to ambulate in the chair on their first time, it is much more likely to take several sessions before your pet is able to use the wheelchair with assistance, and even longer without. Please be patient and remember that this is a learning process.