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How to Buy Dog Nappies - Doggie Diapers
Incontinence is a real problem, not only for humans, but for pets also. Unlike humans, when incontinent, dogs can't clean up after themselves (or at least, not in a way that we humans find acceptable).
Imagine if your pet suddenly springs a leak, there would be no more snuggling up on the couch, or the bed, or rides in the car; your carpets and soft furnishings would begin to smell; your dog would begin to smell, and the constant wetness on the fur could cause urine burns and infections.
As with all medical problems, it's absolutely vital to get a diagnosis from your vet first, so that all avenues of cause and treatment may be explored before mopping up with nappies.
How to Buy Dog Nappies - Dog Diapers
Incontinence is categorised into three types: urinary incontinence, where the animal has lost partial or total control of urination, but the bowel actions are unaffected; faecal incontinence, where the dog has no control of defecaetion, but can still control urination, and double incontinence, where the dog has lost control of both urination and defaecation.
A few years ago, the only solutions were to put up with the problem and be prepared for a lot of cleaning, or to have the animal euthanased, which is a desperately sad solution for an otherwise healthy animal. However, now, various enterprising companies have cottoned on and begun making incontinence products for our beloved pets, thus giving dog and owner a new lease of life.
Causes of Dog Incontinence
Ageing - as we age our sphincter control may become weaker.
Spaying - as with humans, any abdominal op like this carries a risk of urinary incontinence afterwards.
Whelping - too many litters can weaken muscles and sphincter function.
Training - some dogs just never learn the knack of not piddling in the house, despite all the training in the world.
Bladder Dysfunction/Dystonia - sometimes the bladder muscle malfunctions or goes into spasm (dystonia) at inappropriate times.
Scent marking - some dogs just never learn that it's inappropriate to scent mark in the house.
Excitement - some dogs get so excited they just can't help piddling, usually over your foot.
Infection - If a dog suddenly becomes incontinent of urine, your vet should suggest testing for a water or kidney infection as this is a cause for urinary incontinence that is very easily treated.
Different Types of Dog Diapers
There are two main types of product on the market:
These consist of a washable garment made of waterproof material, which may be used alone, or with a liner inserted (see the picture at the top of this article for an example).
These are disposable nappies, specially shaped to fit your doggie's btm.
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Washable Dog Nappies
Bitch Urinary Incontinence: Washable nappies, such as those made by the Simple Solutions company have an outer layer and a soft plaid fabric lining with an absorbent mesh. Used alone they are suitable for small amounts of doggie piddle, such as problem scent marking, excitement peeing, or for bitches in season (on heat). If the dog is truly incontinent of urine, the outer garment may be used with a disposable liner inserted into the mesh. This company makes sizes from XXS to XXL.
Male Dog Nappies: for urinary incontinence. These sit around the dog's lower abdomen, rather like a cummerbund, covering the penis and therefore collecting the offending urine.
Double Incontinence: The outer garment covers the anus also, and has a tail-hole built in. The tail-hole has a drawstring, so that a snug, leak-free fit can be made.
Combination: I did find one UK company (www.dog-nappy.co.uk - see link), which has a nappy that covers the dog's butt, but is longer in design, so as to reach to the dog's waist, thus being suitable for male dogs, as all is safely gathered in! They also supply inner liners, and the outers have velcro tabs that don't stick to doggie fur. In addition, this company also caters for cats and rabbits with incontinence.
Disposbale Dog Nappies - Dog Diapers
There are advantages to disposables, like less washing and the fact that they're quick and easy to change, but, as with human disposable nappies they will clog up our landfill sites with plastic for decades. I wasn't able to find any disposable diapers with tail-holes, so wonder if they would be sufficient for dogs with faecal incontinence, but maybe if you're travelling/on holiday these could be an option.
The Doggie Diaper Store
I have specially selected all the items at The Doggie Diaper Store, so that you can manage your best friend's incontinence problems quickly. The store has all you need to get started with wraps and liners, plus a whole page of disposables for ease of use. Take a look here. To return and read more, hit the back button.
- The Doggie Diaper Store - Dog Diapers
Everything you need to manage your dog's incontinence - quickly!
- PEEPERS Pet Diapers and Dog Diapers, Washable and Disposable - Free Sample
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Designer Dog Nappies - Dog Diapers
I did find one USA company selling really cute patterned doggie diapers (www.pantsfordogs.com - see link). They produce washable outers in a range of styles and pretty designs, so your dog can make a fashion statement and keep dry at the same time.
They manufacture Boy cummerbunds, Girl Panties with and without tail-hole, and girl panties with a skirt - how cool is that! They also make really brightly coloured dog-walking ponchos, so you and your pooch can be colour co-ordinated.
From my research it's clear that sometimes disposable dog nappies can slide down, so one company has produced suspenders to keep their product up and in the right place. The company say that they will only fit the Peepers design of diaper - see the www.petdiapers.com link. The suspenders are a webbed fabric harness that comes in a range of colours.
Natural Remedy for Urinary Incontinence
If you're into all things natural, I did find one homoeopathic product for urinary incontinence, which might be worth a try; it can certainly do no harm, and if it helps then that's fantastic.
It's in the HomeoPet range - HomeoPet Leaks No More - and comes in a 15ml dropper bottle for addition to food or water.