I luuuuuve the Help ‘em up harness for getting these guys up quickly with ease (for the owner) and comfort (for the pet) so they can use their tired muscles for the good stuff- like going for walkies!! The muscle effort and exertion needed by the dog’s back-leg thigh muscles to stand often takes so much out of them, that their fur parents tell us they are tired or weak on their walk. If we can help them stand, then they are often ‘good to go!’. Providing additional traction with Toe Grips is an excellent solution (See our blog or product page for more infor on these little guys) and I will often use these in combination with a harness.
The harness was designed in the US by working with rehabilitation or physiotherapy vets like me. It has a handle at the front, on a large chest piece. Why so big? Because dogs are often chest heavy and we need a larger surface area for the harness to safely help lift and support them. In old pet’s we also want to avoid anything pulling around the neck or lower neck (the thoracic inlet)- many old dogs will have neck pain, and some have more difficult breathing, so we don’t want to risk putting any strain on that area.
The back part of the harness, I affectionally call ‘the puppy power pants’ because this is the part the many dogs really need to give them that little bit more power or boost to the back legs. The power pants (rear part) also has a handle, which allows me or the owner to transfer just a little bit of lift to the hind end of the pet. With a little boost or taking a little of the weight, these fur babies are sooooo much more easily able to stand and conquer! I ask the owners to use a hand (often just a finger lift) on the power pants to help their pet up any stairs, inclines or accross tricky areas (like slippery floors), they need to negotiate.
Is it comfy? Yep! The harness was created with an understanding that if a pet needs help to get up, then this occurs many times a day, so the harness needs to be super comfortable, so it can stay on for extended periods of the day, ready for use.
Check this video to see handsome Ebony cruising the street and Dr Jane helping him up a few steps using his 'puppy power pants''