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How to Make a Supportive Dog Sling

Using a sling can help stabilize and support the hind end mobility of a pet with weakness or a pet healing from surgery (e.g., knee or hip surgery). Sometimes these slings are hard to find in pet stores, and an online order can result in a sling that arrives too late to help with post-surgical support.

The following is an inexpensive way to construct a comfortable sling for your dog. This method enables pets with hind leg and lower back mobility issues to move comfortably, and also can be helpful during post-operative rehabilitation while improving mobility and strength. The sling can help pets to move up and down stairs and ramps. Be sure to use a strong bag, such as a reusable fabric or heavy plastic grocery tote with sturdy, well-attached handles.

1) Stand the bag upright.

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2) Cut the bag along the middle of each side from top to bottom.

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3) Bag should be able to lie flat like this after cutting.

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4) Place the bag around the dog’s lower abdomen, and gently provide support by holding the handles.

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