The Dogs to Go carts are very lightweight. They are made of PVC pipe, which makes them very durable and light. No heavy metal or bulky harnesses on any of our carts.
The cart is actually designed very carefully, despite its simple appearance. We designed it so that it places the pet’s spine in a traction position, making it very healthy for continued healing to take place.
All of the support devices are padded. We use a solid support bar under the abdomen. This bar is heavily padded and is designed with a channel down the middle to relieve pressure on the urethra. Our support strap across the shoulders is also padded and is actually made of elastic so it gives with each step your pet takes. This helps to distribute the weight of the cart evenly. It will not cause pressure sores like solid shoulder pads can.
The nature of a cart is to redistribute the pet’s weight to the front, taking weight off of the rear quarters. In this, there will be some weight placed on your pet’s shoulder area. But, we design our shoulder pad to sit directly over your pet’s center of balance. This is the area of the spine which can handle the greatest amount of load bearing. (Not unlike how a saddle fits a horse’s back.) The saddle sits over the center of balance also, making the horse able to carry large loads with little or no stress.
Maybe all these years of having horses helped us just a little bit in the design process too!
These carts are balanced. Your pet will tell you this when you place it on them. If all the adjustments are correct, you will see your pet take off! It just feels right to them.