Diapers: they’re not just for humans. Dogs can require diapers for incontinence, old age, or illness, and sometimes, when females go into heat. But there are other reasons dogs can benefit from diapers. Get a box of wipes ready and scroll down to find out why, plus the best options out there for your pooch.
Reasons dogs needs diapers
Dogs can require diapers for different reasons:
A female dog in heat
Any dog can have an occasional accident, but if it’s out of the ordinary and persistent, a visit to the vet is necessary to check for infection or conditions like diabetes. Diapers may also be used on dogs with disabilities or temporarily after surgery.
Diapers can protect your home’s furnishings during house training, but it’s important not to use diapers as a crutch in that scenario—your dog should still learn to do his business outside. Jess Rollins writes about using diapers as part of a complete house training program.
Finally, a female dog in heat could be diapered to protect your furniture and rugs from blood stains.
Dr. James Talbott, a veterinarian at Belle Forest Animal Hospital and Kennel in Nashville, TN, offers advice for making sure the diaper itself doesn’t cause issues.
DIY dog diapers
Diapers for girl dogs, diapers for boy dogs
Your dog’s gender may influence the type of diaper you buy.
Female dog diapers fit like underwear with a hole for the tail. There are diapers for incontinent male dogs that wrap around the belly and fasten at the back, like a tube top that covers the doggie’s male parts. If your male dog requires a diaper because he’s got a case of the poops, you’ll want to go with a style that offers full coverage.
Types of dog diapers
What kind of dog diaper should you get? There are a lot of options, and these are some of our favorites:
Disposable diapers for babies, adapted for a dog
Reusable diapers for babies, adapted for a dog
Homemade dog diapers (as in the video above)
As with changing a baby’s diaper, make sure you clean your dog’s behind thoroughly with a dog-friendly wipe before you put a diaper on. If you adapt a human diaper for a dog by cutting a hole for the tail, make sure you try a couple sizes to find the right fit. Some big dogs may need adult human diapers.
From the owner’s perspective, cost is an important factor, but style might be, too. Etsy has an entire universe of dog diapers in hip prints. With some experimenting, you and your dog can both feel comfortable with a diaper arrangement. As always check with your vet if a potty problem persists.
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