One of the most common questions I get asked by pet owners is how to make a DIY dog diaper. Buying dog diapers can be pricey, especially if your dog needs them for a lifetime. So, I am always on the lookout for ways people can save money while they manage their dog’s incontinence.
Thankfully, Kate Powell was on the same path with her dog Bizzy. She recently reached out to Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog and offered to share her DIY dog diaper wrap. The wrap serves as the base for a reusable diaper.
I watched Kate’s video and was immediately impressed. The wrap she created is easy to make, it doesn’t require any sewing and it stays in place. I contacted Kate and she offered to share her invention with you along with the amazing story of Bizzy the Wonder Dog.
How Bizzy the Wonder Dog got her name
Kate adopted Bizzy from a rescue group in Wales just before Christmas 2015. The 7-month-old puppy had been picked up as a stray and was on the euthanasia list when Kate saw her picture online.
Here is what Kate said happened next
At the beginning of Feb 2016, when we’d had her just over a month, she was a bit off colour one morning, and when I came home from work at lunchtime, she was limping a bit, so I took her straight to the vet. The vet said she had a very slightly raised temperature, but nothing apparently wrong, so they gave her some painkillers. We all assumed she’d pulled something rushing about like a mad thing and said they would see us again that Friday anyway, when we were due back for her second vaccination.
I took her home but she couldn’t settle and her walking got worse and worse. Two hours later, I was so concerned I took her straight back to the vet. She collapsed at the vet, and they kept her in overnight. She got worse and worse, they put her on a drip and gave her antibiotics, but she didn’t respond.
It was 50/50 if she pulled through at all. By this time, she was paralysed from the waist down. The veterinarian decided she had a bacterial infection in her spine. They changed the antibiotic and she started to respond.
At this point she was so poorly she was propped up in the corner of the enclosure they’d put her in, with her head and neck stretched up towards the ceiling. She had no feeling in her lower back, legs and feet at all, no deep pain response. She had a morphine patch on. She was completely incontinent and her bottom had prolapsed and was bleeding. She was a complete mess.
It was Wednesday. I thought we were going to have to let her go. I told the lovely vet, if she’s still like this on Friday…I couldn’t finish the sentence. Yes she said, yes I think so…
When Kate went to see Bizzy the next morning she was doing better. The dog stayed in the hospital four more nights and then came home. Bizzy’s health continued to improve. Today she is able to stand on her own, but she remains incontinent.
Why Kate decided to make a DIY dog diaper wrap
The cost of Bizzy’s veterinary hospitalization and follow up care was expensive. Kate jokingly calls Bizzy, the Million Dollar Dog. To curb future costs, Kate got creative and developed her DIY dog diaper wrap.
Here is the video about how to make your own DIY dog diaper wrap
(The sound on Kate’s video is a bit wonky so be sure to turn up the volume and watch closely.)
You can keep tabs on Bizzy the Wonder Dog by following her on Facebook. And to Kate Powell, I can’t thank you enough for sharing your cost saving DIY dog diaper.
Here is a second video I put together for pet parents who want to learn how to express an incontinent dog’s bladder.