How a Lift Harness Can Help Older Dogs

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When a dog becomes a senior; for large dogs at age 5 or 6, and for smaller dogs at age 7, they may start to experience limited mobility or arthritis from an old injury or just from advancing in age. Disabled pets or even younger pets with hip dysplasia may also have limited mobility. A dog lift harness is designed to provide support to your dog, giving them the confidence to continue to perform daily tasks like going up and down the stairs, getting into a car, getting onto furniture or simply going for a walk. 

A dog lift harness is a sling with a handle that wraps around a part of your dog’s body. It can wrap around the front of the body, the back of the body, the mid section or in some cases, some lifts are designed to support and lift a dog’s entire body. Lift harnesses are designed to take weight off your dog’s spine, hips and legs by lifting the handle up gently. 

There are many reasons to use a lift harness with your dog. If your dog has hip dysplasia, has had knee surgery or has arthritis, a lift can help take some of the weight off his joints and hips, an alleviate discomfort and pain. Any of these illnesses, or injuries, can cause pain and limited mobility and a lift harness can help enable your dog to function more normally, albeit with assistance.

Lifts should not be worn all the time, rather they should only be worn when your pet is engaged in an activity. They should be removed during sleep, or anytime your pet is not active. Wearing a harness for extended periods can cause hot spots, or discomfort. 

For an older dog that is overweight, and having difficulties getting around, a whole body harness can help your pet get around better. There are also harnesses that just lift your pet at the stomach or at the rear or front legs, depending on where your dog’s limitations are. 

A harness is also especially useful to pet owners. If your dog is having difficulty getting around, the alternative is you lifting your dog unassisted. This can cause pet owners pain and discomfort of your own accord; a lift can help ease your own pain and discomfort associated with lifting your dog, especially if your have a large or heavy dog. Look for a lift harness that has adjustable straps so you can adjust the harness to fight your height and protect your back.

Dog lift harnesses come in different sizes and styles. A lift harness should be made of durable materials to support your dog’s weight and last for a long time. Be sure to look for a harness that does not irritate your dog’s skin and is made of soft materials with padding on the inside. 

If you are considering a lift harness for your senior or disabled pet, please visit our sponsor’s website for more information about lift harnesses. 

We do not endorse or promote any products or companies. You should always consult your vet to determine what is most appropriate for your senior pet.

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