Dog harness invented by man whose pet lost a leg after developing MRSA


Dog's life: Lyeon shows how the new Dog-Aid harness can help dogs with arthritis or other problems to get back on their feet

They're supposed to be man’s best friend.
And now man can return the favour, thanks to an ingenious harness which helps disabled or elderly dogs to walk again.
The contraption was dreamt up by a British inventor after his own dog lost a leg.
It straps together pet and owner, shifting some of the weight pressing on the animal’s hind legs on to their human companion.
The walker uses adjustable buckles to alter how much weight they bear and can even shift the balance from left to right if one of their pet’s legs is weaker than the other.

Puppy power: Vikram Jashapara, creator of the Dog-Aids support harness which is helping dogs to walk again

The £150 harness, which comes in three sizes, can help dogs rebuild the strength in their limbs following injury or illness.
It can also allow dogs who are partially paralysed or have only one hind leg to get mobile again.
It was invented by Vikram Jashapara, 44, for his 11-year-old Newfoundland, Quincy, who had to have a leg amputated after contracting MRSA during a trip to the vet in 2003.

Taking the strain: Jessica Jerrard using the new 'Dog-Aid' support harness on Lyeon a one-year-old Dogue-de-Bordeaux. The harness was invented by businessman Vikram Jashapara

The design means 95 per cent of the weight the human takes is borne by their body and legs, leaving their hands free to hold a leash.
The product is now recommended by some vets and is covered by pet insurance policies.
‘Whatever size you are you can use the harness,’ Mr Jashapara said. ‘It is your centre of gravity taking the weight. You are not taking the full weight of the dog – you are supporting it and taking the pressure off.
‘You could have an 80-year-old woman walking a massive dog and she would be able to take the weight.’

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