A Diaper For Dogs?
Dog Diapers are probably not a dog product that we think of very often. Yet these diapers can be very helpful during certain times of your dogs life. The most common use for dog diapers are for dog incontinence. Dogs incontinence could be due to an illness, age, or lack of former training.
It is important to understand that dog diapers are NOT a substitute for proper potty training. A dog diaper, however, can be a valuable tool during potty training.
There are quite a number of other uses for dog diapers. Continue reading to learn more.
Benefits and Uses of A Dog Diaper
Aside from dog incontinence due to illness, disablity or old age, dog diapers are also used for the following:
- Female dog on their menses (period)
- Female dogs in heat (to avoid unwanted matings)
- During housebreaking training
- Periodic use (travelling, visiting friends homes, etc)
Diaper For Female Dogs With Their Menses
Female dogs that have not been spayed will have their menses roughly 2 times per year. Some dog owners choose to use dog diapers during these times, especially if their dogs have heavy menstrual flow. Additionally, dog diaper use would be warranted if the dog lives indoors - and even more so if the flooring is carpeted.
If you choose to use dog diapers during your dogs menses, it is prudent that you check and change the diaper often. Also, monitor your dogs skin for any signs of irritation.
Diaper For Dogs in Heat
Using a dog diaper during her heat cycle can collect blood discharge as earlier described and also help prevent unwanted mating. Be advised that diapers can be ripped off by determined males so do not depend on dog diapers to guarantee chastity. Always supervise your female dog in areas where males could be present.
Dog Diaper For Housebreaking / Potty Training
Potty training can be difficult for certain dogs and / or dog owners. You can use dog diapers as a temporary tool to help with the training. Dog diapers can be especially helpful when training large adult dogs. Cleaning up urine from a 60-pound dog is not pleasant.
To use dog diapers while training teach your dog the association between diapers on (no peeing) and diapers off (peeing outside). If your dog has an accident in the diapers, gently reprimand and put on clean diapers.
When your dog is able to hold it until going out, give the dog a lot of praise when it finishes peeing in the correct area. Gradually increase the time between potty sessions.
Dog Diaper For Periodic / Occasional Use
Dog diapers can be invaluable during times of travel or visiting places where dog urine is not welcome.
Disposable dog diapers can be beneficial when travelling long distances - especially on airplanes and trains. These modes of transportation do not make it easy to potty your dog, so dog diapers can come in handy.
Certain dogs, especially males, tend to mark new areas that they visit. This may not sit well with your dinner hosts who kindly invited your dog to come along with you. If you know your dog is a "marking" type dog, this would be a great time to use diapers as a temporary precaution.
Types and Styles of Dog Diapers
For such an uncommon dog product, there are a surprising amount of options and styles in dog diapers.
There is disposable and washable. There are diapers for males and those for females. Organic, breathable, biodegradable, ultra-absorbent, you name it.
There are also specialty dog companies that sell their own line of dog diapers such as Belly Bands and Dog Wraps.
The two main categories of dog diapers are disposable or washable. There are pros and cons to both styles. You should choose the option that best fits your dogs current needs.
Disposable Dog Diapers
Disposable dog diapers are exactly like disposable baby diapers - they get soiled and then tossed. These type of diapers are perfect for occasional use.
However, if you will need to use dog diapers for a longer duration, the costs of these diapers will add up. Additionally, disposable dog diapers are less breathable than fabric diapers. Long term use could cause skin issues. This type of dog diaper is not environmentally friendly.
Reusable Cloth Dog Diapers
Washable cloth dog diapers are a good option for dogs that need to use dog diapers often. They are economical to use and a better choice for the environment. Cleaning them is not fun, but of course we care for our dogs just as our babies.
Available With Velcro or Harness / Suspender Closures
Reusable cloth diapers commonly come with adjustable velcro wraps for closure. Most cloth diapers are designed to allow to insert additional sanitary pads for additional absorption.
Reusable diapers are also available with suspender / harness type straps. These styles of dog diapers usually are more complicated to put on. They also cost a bit more.
Aesthetically, harness diapers look a bit less like diapers and more like a full body dog harness. This feature is geared more towards dog owners than the actual dog who is usually not fashion conscious.
These harness style diapers are commonly used for anxious dogs because the wraps swaddles the dog and provides comfort. Harness style diapers can also be used for dogs that tend to try and remove their diapers as they are more secure.
Belly bands are also made out of cloth and washable / reusable. Belly Bands differ a bit from reusable cloth diapers because they look less like diaper and more like stylish dog "undergarments".
Male dog Belly Bands are especially unique because the band simply wraps around the crotch area and does not extend to the butt area or tail. Female Belly Bands look like stylish female undies and are available in many different colors and styles.
The US company that makes Belly Bands uses high quality materials designed especially with your dogs comfort and safety in mind. Belly Bands are breathable and can be used in conjunction with sanitary pads
Belly Bands are a great option for potty training because they can function as a simple reminder for your dog not to pee. In these cases, less absorbency is required and the bands are more breathable than typical dog diapers. Later, if you do require more absorbency, you simply insert a liner or small pad.
How To Use A Dog Diaper
It is very important to measure your dog correctly and choose a dog diaper that is the perfect size and fit. Different types of dog diapers have different directions for measuring.
When putting on a dog diaper, ensure that the diaper fits well but tight enough to cause any discomfort. Try to choose a dog diaper that has soft fabric for better comfort and protection from chaffing.
The most important aspect of using a dog diaper is too change it as soon as you notice soiling. Keeping a wet diaper on a dog can cause more problems than it solves.
You can use baby wipes to gently clean your dog in between diaper changes.
Dog diapers are not meant for fecal waste - unless in extreme cases where a dog is immobile. Be sure to train you dog that defecating in diapers is not allowed. You can use a combination of stern reprimands and positive reinforcement if this happens.
Can I Use Human Diapers On Dogs?
Yes, if you find the right size of baby diapers they will work fine for dogs. They also will cost less than regular dog diapers. You will just need to make a hole for your dogs tail to fit through.
If you decide to try baby diapers on your dog, select a brand that a very elastic and stretchable waist area.
When putting the diaper on your dog, try reversing the diaper so that the normal front on a human baby will actually be placed on the backside or tail area of the dog. For most dogs, reversing the diaper provides for a better fit.
How To Make A DIY Reusable Dog Diaper
If you are just a bit good with you hands, you can easily try and make your own washable dog diaper with material you may already have at home.
Male belly bands can be made by finding some stretchable material like an old yoga pants leg and cutting to size. If you are industrious, you can sew the cut edges for extra durability and aesthetics. To fasten, you can either use safety diaper clips or sew on velcro fasteners on both sides of the band.
To make female reusable diapers, I recommend watching the following video. The dog owner is pretty clever with her DIY poodle diapers. If your dog is very small, you could easily find young child briefs to accomplish the same thing.
Precautions When Using a Dog Diaper
As earlier stated, the main danger of using dog diapers is problems arising from not changing the diaper frequently.
Bacteria thrives in wet environments so frequent changing is critical to avoiding any issues from using diapers.
It is important to be certain that your dogs incontinence is not due to serious medical issue. If your dog suddenly becomes incontinent for no apparent reason, be sure to have a vet exam your dog.
Cognitive dysfunction syndrome, bladder stones and kidney disease are three serious conditions than can cause sudden incontinence in dogs.
Diapers are a helpful tool for many situations. But, there are by no means a substitute for proper potty and behavioral training.
Discontinue the use of dog diapers if you notice any skin irritation or inflammation. If dog diapers are a medical necessity, take your dog to the vet to evaluate the skin irritation. There are a number of ointments that your vet may recommend you to use.
Neglecting to train your dog the basics of potty training will lead to serious long term consequences for both you and your dog. Your dog will become confused when it gets scoldings for accidents and you will be frustrated.
OUR PICKS FOR BEST DOG DIAPERS:
Reusable Washable Dog Diapers (3 Pack) - Durable Dog Wraps for both Male and Female Dogs
These Happy Paws Reusable Washable Dog Diapers are a great choice for both male and female dogs.
The innovative design - which has been copied by many other brands - fits most dogs very well.
The dog diaper is made out of high quality durable and soft materials. The inner material is soft for your dogs comfort, while the outer material is water resistant.
The velcro enclosure is sturdy and tail hole size seems just right - not too big, not too small.
The washable diapers have an absorbent inner lining - though you can always insert an additional liner for more absorbency.
Check the latest price of Happy Paws Reusable Dog Diapers here.
Male Dog Belly Band Wraps Washable Diapers (3 Pack) by Mkono
These type of Belly Band wraps are specifically for male dogs. They work great for incontinence as well as a housebreaking training aide.
There are quite a bit of choices in male belly bands styles, colors, and designs. We like the simplicity and durability of these belly bands.
These MKono Belly Bands will work fine for small to medium dogs. For larger dogs, we recommend these Belly Bands.
We like these Mkono Belly Bands because of the thickness of the breathable material as well as the fit. We also really like the pad insert design that allows you to use either sanitary pads or simple soft paper towels for additional absorption. This feature is especially handy during times when sanitary napkins are not readily available.
It is important to not that most reusable washable dog diapers are not completely waterproof. You must determine how much fluid protection your dog needs and add the correct sized liners for sufficient liquid protection.
Check the latest price of the Mkono Male Belly Bands here.
Vet's Best Comfort Fit Disposable Female Diapers, 12 Count
The Vet's Best Comfort Fit disposable diapers are our favorite choice for dog specific disposable diapers.
We like this particular brand because the quality of the materials seem to be much better than the options. A new handy feature of this diaper is a wetness indicator that changes color when the diaper becomes wet.
Because dogs come in so many sizes, shapes, and weights, finding a disposable diaper to fit every dog size can be difficult. Most brands of disposable diapers have the same issues of correctly fitting every single dog.
Out of all the different brands, these particular diapers seem to fit our Shiba Inu dogs quite well. However, it may take trial and error to determine which particular brand will fit your dog the best. This brand is a good place to start.
If cost is a consideration, we would always recommend simply getting human baby diapers for your dog over dog specific disposable diapers. The only extra work would be cutting a tail hole into the diaper.
Check the latest price of the Vet's Best Comfort Fit Disposable Female Diapers, 12 Count here.