Does your dog’s diaper fit well? It can be tricky to find a diaper that contours to your dog’s body shape and doesn’t shift out of place when they move around. Frustrated pet parents who are tired of cleaning up leaky messes routinely contact me for advice.
After I received the last request for help, I decided to go to the source. I asked pet owners for their best life hacks for getting a dog diaper to stay in place. It was done as a pop-up survey on our Facebook page and I think you’ll be surprised at the answers.
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The question we asked pet owners about dog diapers
The survey asked owners with medium to large incontinent dogs, which brand of dog diaper they used most often. Dogs had to have a waist of at least 30″ and weigh 50lbs or more. The question came from a reader who was trying to help a rescue group find a diaper to fit a paralyzed dog they had saved.
The response was surprising. While some of the owners had a brand they liked, the majority rarely used a dog diaper as their only means of keeping their pup dry. They used a combination of incontinence products; some made for dogs and some designed for humans.
Owners modified dog diapers to make them stay in place
In addition, nearly 100% of the pet owners who took the survey reported they had to modify their dog’s diaper to get it to fit and stay in place. There were only a couple of people who relied solely on a favorite diaper to keep their dog dry. Most took matters into their own hands to cut, sew or redesign a product to get it to work for their pup. The consensus was that standard doggie diapers weren’t long enough for big dogs. (If you are a dog diaper manufacturer, you might want to pay attention to that fact.)
Here are pet parents’ best life hacks for getting a dog diaper to stay in place
The hacks are divided into 2 categories: diapers for dogs and diaper/incontinent products for people.
- Emily – Found an Etsy vendor to make custom washable diapers for her 125lb Rottweiler. She lines the diaper with human incontinence pads.
- Rachael – Uses a Happy Pantz suspender outfit with a human adult diaper to keep her Bulldog dry.
- Sandy – Uses Washable Wonders from Dog Quality. She had a belly band sewn into the washable diaper to make it fit better for her male dog. She lines the diaper with a feminine napkin.
- Markjenn – Likes Pet Parents belly bands with Chewy’s Premium Potty Pads as the liner. She cuts several pads at a time and makes them a little larger than the belly band. The liners go into the band, but hang over the sides. This gives added protection and allows her to easily remove a soiled liner.
- Tonya – Uses a reusable belly band and a woman’s bladder control pad for her dog Ranger.
- Tracy – Likes a belly band and uses a depends pad as the liner.
- Robin – Found Stretchable Straps on Amazon that attach from your dog’s harness to the diaper with Velcro. She said it was the best $8.00 she’s ever spent.
- Rachael – Has a French bulldog with Spina Bifida who wears Luvs baby diapers – Size 6 with a cloth diaper cover.
- Patty – Likes Depends diapers for her large dog. She modifies them by cutting a hole for the tail.
- Miriam – Has a Romanian shepherd who uses a size Medium adult diaper. She modifies it so the diaper wraps around her dog like a belly band and uses duct tape to keep it in place.
- Latha – Uses a Medium adult diaper for her Rough Collie. She said the human diapers are less expensive than doggie brands and they fit her dog better. She just cuts a hole the tail.
- Missy – Uses baby diapers for her male dog most of the time. Occasionally she switches to a belly band with a feminine napkin as the liner.
- Angelina – Has a Beagle/ Dachshund mix who uses toddler size training pants to keep dry. The product is ready to go after a few snips to make a hole for the tail. She likes the training pants because they stay on her dog’s body without riding up or down. The elastic in the pants keeps moisture from leaking.
Dog diaper facts
If you are confused about some of the terms like: washable dog diapers, belly bands and suspender outfits, let me briefly explain the different products.
- Disposable dog diapers – These are diapers specifically made for the shape of a dog’s body. They include a hole for the tail. These diapers are meant to be tossed out after they are soiled.
- Washable dog diapers – This is a fabric garment that is designed to be washed and reused after it is soiled. Typically a human incontinence pad is inserted into the diaper to catch moisture. Washable diapers are made for both male and female dogs.
- Belly bands – These are made just for male dogs. They are less confining than a diaper and fit strategically around a male dog’s lower body. An incontinence pad is inserted inside the belly band to absorb moisture. Belly bands are washable and reusable.
- Suspender outfits – These outfits are designed to keep a disposable dog diaper in place. They outfit covers the diaper and has straps that fit over a dog’s back and neck.
You can read more about these products and the companies that make them in our popular post, Taking The Mystery Out Of Doggie Diapers. It covers everything I know about dog diapers and where to buy them. Many of the products can be purchased on Amazon or in your favorite pet supply store or at specialty websites like Doggie Essentials and Barkertime.
It is estimated that 600,000 dogs and cats wear diapers. They are a wonderful invention, even if they need a little snip here and there for modification. Without dog diapers paralyzed and incontinent pets would be euthanized before their time. So, I want to thank the companies who make incontinence products that help us take care of our disabled animals. I also want to say thank you to everyone who shared their life hacks for getting a dog diaper to stay in place.