Do you know how to diaper your dog? It’s not as easy as you think, especially if your dog is paralyzed or has trouble standing. My dog Sophie wore a diaper at night when she first became paralyzed. It was a real challenge to put it on and have it stay in place all night. Like most pets that become paralyzed Sophie was incontinent and while I could help her go potty during the day by expressing her bladder, staying dry the whole night was a different story.
Sophie only wore a diaper for the first year of her illness. After that something in her body changed and instead of leaking or having accidents like most incontinent dogs, the muscles around her bladder hardened. But if you are currently dealing with a paralyzed or a senior pet you might have to learn how to put on a diaper.
Dog and cat diapers are easy to find in big box pet stores, online and in specialty stores. They come in both a disposable and washable form. We used Peepers® Disposable Pet Diapers from Handicapped Pets.com because of the ease of tossing them away them in the morning. I was lucky that I could be around Sophie all day to help her so our diaper use was limited, but for pet owners that work or are away from home for many hours, the washable diaper may be a better option.
Here are the benefits of each type of diaper:
- Disposable – The diaper has elastic gathers to protect against leakage and adjustable fasteners that won’t stick to fur. It is great for pets that are incontinent, injured, elderly and those recovering from surgery. It’s thrown away after being used.
- Washable – This diaper is made of a soft, washable material that wraps around your dog’s hind legs and closes with straps. A disposable pad is inserted inside the diaper. It’s a good option if your pet has continual leakage problems and must wear protection all the time.
- Belly Bands – This product is designed especially for male dogs. It wraps around the dog’s belly and up over the back with a Velcro closure.
- Suspenders – This product keeps the disposable diaper in place so pet owners can be sure their dog won’t have an unexpected accident while they are out in public.
The video below explains how to choose how to diaper your dog and choose the correct size:
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