Thank you for your care and providing this item to my dog after his surgery. It is still helping to walk him. The only note is that I would make small changes to the sling. To keep it from twisting - for instance by making the ends less flexible. Otherwise it is a very useful and helpful.
My 68lb dog tore his cruciate ligament. He is totally non weight bearing on one of his hind legs. This sling has worked very well for walking him outside and through the house. I’m sure it will work well for surgical recovery as well going forward.
Bought this because I needed a way to help up my 90Plus lb. GSD and needed the product ASAP over other retailers. The handles are uncomfortable to hold for more than a few minutes - so it is helpful for getting my dog out to do his business but pains me in the process. Look for another sling.
This sling is very well made - I've literally dangled my 29-lb dog without feeling any give - it's comfortable enough on the hand (can't speak for the dog), easy to wash, and dries quickly. It's good for straight walking/standing, but if going either up or down stairs is your main reason for purchase I wouldn't recommend it - even a couple of stairs will cause the material to bunch up at the dog's legs.
As much as I wanted this to work, It didn't work for us, as the straps slide. I got this sling originally because I thought my dog's arthritis was acting up, but sadly, she was diagnosed osteosarcoma (bone cancer), a painful and deadly cancer, which makes her bones brittle and easy to break, making this sling dangerous for her. So I won't be able to use it, I will probably end up returning it :( To say I'm heartbroken over the diagnoses is an understatement :*( as she's the sweetest furbaby ever!
The large sling was not as wide as I expected from the photo. When I picked up my 60 lb dog, it slide to his rear legs and dropped his front end. It is fleecy and soft but would not stay balanced mid-belly.
My corgi managed to tear his knee ligament, and I was trying to keep him from tearing the other because I can't afford the surgery. 6 weeks later he managed to tear the other one when a friend came over and he got too excited and tripped going out the dog door. He's doing quite well now, considering, but is very cautious and has trouble getting on the couch with those tiny legs, so I bought the sling to help me help him up. It's perfect. If you use one for a long-body dog with short legs like this, though, be aware that you need to be careful not to let it slide on his belly or it'll defeat its purpose and his short legs won't be able to catch him properly.
My 10 year old Boxer mix had her ACL repaired when she was 5. Arthritis in it has gotten so bad she has trouble getting in and out the back door. My mother purchased this for us to assist our 77lb Boxer mix up the back door steps. It helps tremendously! She seems happy to go up the stairs assisted.
Great pick-up help for my senior 112lb Old English Sheepdog. Alleviates struggle getting up due to hip dysplasia. material is very soft against his body. No irritation.
This lift is hard to keep in place on your dog. I would suggest one that is not so wide or one with more support so you can lift the entire dog. I would not buy this if it for after knee surgery recovery type lift