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. [Read more…]
Let me start out by saying this story shouldn’t be read by anyone with a weak stomach or anyone who has never changed a diaper. Because this post deals with doggie poop! As you’ve probably (hopefully) read in earlier Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog stories, when our dog Sophie became paralyzed she also became incontinent.
At first, her bladder leaked so Ken (husband) and I used doggie diapers. Later in Sophie’s disease, her body went in almost the opposite direction turning her muscles to concrete. That’s when we threw out the diapers and learned how to push on her bladder to express it. Even our veterinarian was perplexed by the restrictive nature of her bladder. I remember being told that most paralyzed dogs had weak muscles and leaked urine.
That said, no matter what your situation is you should keep in mind Lesson 13: If you have a paralyzed dog there WILL be 2am showers. [Read more…]