Reasons To Use Dog Diapers
If you’ve had kids or have friends who do, you have likely been through a diaper experience. Did you know there are a variety of reasons for pets to wear diapers, too? Believe it or not, there are products made especially for dogs.
At Schertz Animal Hospital, we want all of our pet patients to live their lives to the fullest, and in some cases this may mean using dog diapers!
What Are Dog Diapers?
First things first. What are dog diapers? Simply put, they are almost exactly like baby diapers, but with a hole for the dog’s tail. Cloth dog diapers cost a bit more up front but are reusable and better for the environment. Disposable diapers are easy to use, but will end up in the landfill, plus the cost adds up over time.
Reasons To Use Dog Diapers
Urinary incontinence. This is a medical condition which may be caused by a urinary tract infection, a weakened sphincter muscle, diabetes, or bladder problems. If you suspect that your dog’s incontinence is due to a physical problem and not behavior, the first step is to talk to your veterinarian. Surgery or medications may help, but if not, dog diapers will become a daily part of life.
Diapers for senior dogs. Older dogs have a more difficult time controlling their urges and may not be able to get outside quickly enough to avoid accidents. In some cases cognitive impairment can contribute to incontinence as well. Medications can help, but dog diapers may still be a necessity.
Dog diapers for female dogs in heat. A diaper will keep your house cleaner and will prevent your dog from the near constant licking that can occur with female dogs in heat.
Dog diapers for house training. Dog diapers may be handy while your new dog is learning how to housetrain. However, you’ll still need to take the diapers off and let him go outside frequently enough for proper housetraining.
Tips For Using Dog Diapers
Before you start using dog diapers, check with your veterinarian. There may be underlying causes of urinary incontinence, and surgery or medications that can treat it successfully.
- There are variations in fit and absorbance. Check the product for measuring instructions, and choose the appropriate fit for your dog.
- Change the diaper frequently. Like babies, your dog should not have to sit in a full or wet diaper. And, like babies, your dog can develop an itchy, uncomfortable diaper rash if left too long in a wet diaper.
- Use baby wipes to clean your dog when you change him.
- If your dog has a docked tail, use tape to close over the tail hole in the diaper before using to prevent leaking.
- Wear gloves when changing your dog’s diaper to avoid touching urine or feces.
As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need help or have questions. We are here to help!