Doggy Diapers 101

Sometimes dogs need diapers for reasons that they cannot even control. If you find your dog needs to be wearing diapers you might feel totally lost in this new routine. What type of diapers do you use? How do you clean your dog? Where do you even get doggy diapers? We are here to help answer all those questions and hopefully make this process a little less stressful. 

What Are Doggy Diapers?

Doggy diapers are practically the same as human baby diapers. There are 2 options when shopping: cloth diapers or disposable diapers. Each has their own pros and cons but neither of the 2 options are wrong. Cloth diapers are overall more environmentally conscious. This is because you wash them and reuse them over and over again. However, the cost to get enough cloth diapers to start with can get a little high. You might not enjoy having to wash the doggy diaper either. Disposable diapers are easy and much more convenient if you’re a busy family. All you have to do is throw out the soiled diaper and replace it with a new one. Overtime disposable diapers can get pricey and they will end up sitting in a landfill somewhere.

Styles of Doggy Diapers

There are diapers designed specially for male dogs, these are referred to as belly bands. These wrap around your dog's midsection and the inner liner is absorbent. Belly bands are lightweight and much easier than putting your male dog in a full diaper. Full diapers can be used for both male and female dogs. They are almost identical to human baby diapers except doggy diapers have a hole for the tail to go through. 

Reasons You Would Need A Doggy Diaper

Many different dogs may find themselves unable to control their bladders and will need diapers. Here are a few reason you dog may need one:

Urinary Incontinence in Dogs

It is important to note that this is not a behavioral issue your dog has, it is uncontrollable. This can be caused by a number of things including: UTI, bladder problems, diabetes, or bacterial infections. Even if your dog has never had an accident in the house, it is a possibility that he/she has one of these issues. Be sure to call your vet before deciding your next steps. This is something that may be corrected with medication. 

Senior Dogs 

Older dogs sometimes just lose the ability to control themselves. It is 100% not their fault but it might be confusing for them. Older dogs can get something very similar to Alzheimers in humans but it is referred to as canine cognitive dysfunction. They might have just completely forgotten everything they have learned, including potty training. 

Females in Heat 

Many people who have dogs that are not spayed need to use doggy diapers. In order to keep the house and furniture clean it is a must. It will also prevent her from any excessive licking that is prone to happen during heat. Female dogs may be in heat anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks. This is quite a long time to be cleaning up messes she leaves behind. You will want to find a comfortable diaper that won’t bother her too much during this time. 

How to Use Doggy Diapers

  • Read the measuring instructions and pick the correct size for your dog 
  • Pick the proper absorption level for your dog 
  • Change the diaper frequently, they can get diaper rash just like human babies
  • Use baby wipes to clean your dog off after each diaper change 
  • If your dog has a docked tail that is very short or almost no tail at all, use tape to cover the tail hole. This will prevent any leakage from happening
Of course, before you make any routine changing decisions, see your vet first. Your dog may be able to be put on medication that will help with their condition. This would mean no doggy diapers!