Canine incontinence happens for a number of reasons, including advanced age, infections and marking behaviors. Doggie diapers contain the mess without undue stress on your pooch. Making homemade diapers is a simple way to allow your pet to maintain a relatively normal life while keeping your home clean.
Select a diaper size based on the weight of your dog. Toy dogs, such as Yorkshire terriers, are small enough to fit in preemie diapers, while larger dogs such as Labrador retrievers may require adult-sized diapers. Check the label on the diaper package for weight guidelines.
Unfold a diaper, and place it over the dog’s rear end. Draw an “X” over the dog’s tail, and cut a small hole over the marked spot. Make the hole large enough to allow the dog’s tail to move freely, but not so big as to allow leaks.
Lay the diaper on a flat surface, and place a sanitary pad over the center of the diaper. The pad offers extra absorption and can be removed and replaced to extend the life of each diaper. If the pad is too long for the size of the diaper, trim it to fit with scissors.
Grasp the dog’s tail gently, and pull it through the hole in the diaper. Fold the free half of the diaper under the dog’s belly, and fasten the tabs. The diaper should fit snugly enough that it doesn’t slip, but not so tightly that you can’t fit your fingers between the material and the dog’s skin.
- Consult with your veterinarian to diagnose reasons for incontinence. Even a simple urinary infection can turn into a serious health threat if it is left untreated.
- Observe your dog carefully the first few times she wears a diaper. If she attempts to bite or chew it, offer a treat or favorite toy as a distraction.
Louise Lawson has been a published author and editor for more than 10 years. Lawson specializes in pet and food-related articles, utilizing her 15 years as a sous chef and as a dog breeder, handler and trainer to produce pieces for online and print publications.