I am always on the lookout for creative ways pet parents can save money on the supplies and equipment they need for their paraplegic pet. When you look at the facts, life with a paralyzed dog can get expensive. There is an ongoing stream of products that paralyzed dogs need from diapers and belly bands to protective gear and booties.
When I posted a story about some new products on the market, I heard from several savvy pet moms who shared ways baby onesies protect your paralyzed dog and save you money. Their ideas were brilliant and totally cost-effective. I loved their suggestions so much that I thought I would share them with other pet owners.
I hope onesies become your perfect cost saving solution as well. After all they come in adorable colors and prints, you can find them everywhere in a wide variety of sizes and they are inexpensive. And best of all, onesies work well for paraplegic pets.
- Onesies as scoot or drag bags: Dogs that are able to scoot around their house are prone to developing sores on their heels and hind end. Onesies with feet work well to protect their paws and skin as they fly across your floors and carpeting. Depending on a dog’s size, the onesie may have to be retrofitted by cutting off the sleeves so your dog can move freely and cutting a hole for the tail. The pet mom who suggested this also warned that it might take a little encouragement for a dog to get used to moving around in onesies.
- Onesies to hold a doggie diaper or belly band in place: The majority of paraplegic dogs are incontinent and must wear a diaper or belly band to keep them dry and clean. Some dogs do well with a diaper but for others it can be a challenge to make it stay in place. If your dog is active or has lost muscle mass due to atrophy, a regular onesie without legs might be the perfect solution to keep a diaper where you need it to stay.
- Onesies for leakage control: Some paralyzed dogs are not only incontinent, but they have a leaky bladder. The constant dripping can land on their skin and cause a painful condition called urine scald. Onesies can protect that delicate area of skin.
- Onesies for pressure sores: Paralyzed dogs are prone to pressure sores because they cannot move their bodies around or flip from side to side. The constant pressure from the weight of their bodies eventually breaks down the skin and causes open wounds to develop. That is why owners are told to flip their dog over every two hours if the dog is unable to. Onesies with legs can protect these open wounds and also add an extra layer of cushion to a dog’s joints.
- Onesies after surgery: Many newly diagnosed paralyzed dogs have undergone spinal surgery to repair an injury or ruptured disc. Onesies can protect areas that have sutures or sensitive surgical sites.
Cheap ways to get onesies:
I realize that not all pet parents are also parents to human kids and therefore might not know where to get inexpensive or free onesies.
Here are some places to look:
- Sales at retail stores or baby clothing shops
- Thrift stores
- Garage sales
- Hand me downs from neighbors and friends
- Mommy flea market community events
If you have used baby onesies for your paraplegic pet, I would love to hear your story in the comment section below. I am always looking for new ideas.
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