If it’s your first time using diapers for your dog, you probably have questions like – are doggie diapers a good idea? Which diaper brands would be the best for your pet? How do you put it on them? What is it really for? All of these questions will be answered in our handy guide below!
What are dog diapers for?
Dog diapers are commonly used for pets who are old, incontinent due to illness, just underwent veterinary surgery, and as sanitary pads for female dogs who are in heat. Diapers can also help during potty training, though experts advise owners to only use diapers when their dogs are already almost 100% trained to excrete waste the traditional way, which is by going outside to do their business.
It is also important to note the difference between male and female dog diapers. A female dog diaper fits snugly like underwear, and has a hole where you can insert their tail in. On the other hand, male dog diapers are more commonly known as male wraps or belly bands. They go around the midsection and fasten at the back, securely covering all of his male parts.
Types of dog diapers
First, you should know the different types of dog diapers before buying one for your pup. There are a lot of options out in the market, but regardless of type, all dog diapers must have both an absorbent lining and a waterproof outer layer. Like some baby diapers, some dog diapers have a “wetness indicator” that lets you know when it’s changing time. The main types of dog diapers are the following:
- Disposable dog diapers
- Washable/reusable cloth dog diapers
- Suspender diapers (dog diaper suspenders may or may not come with each pack as it depends on the design and brand)
- Do-It-Yourself diapers/homemade diapers
Disposable dog diapers are the most convenient ones to use when your dog is potty training or when your female dog gets her period. They are made of synthetic materials that are light, leak-proof, and highly absorbent – they make cleaning up and discarding them way easier. However, if you want a more economical and environment-friendly option, then washable diapers are the ones for you. You may opt to use these when, for example, you have a senior dog with urinary incontinence. Reusable diapers would be the best choice as it will help you save money and minimize waste. For extra security, you may choose to use dog diaper suspenders to ensure that the diaper stays on even if your dog moves around a lot.
In terms of sizing, your dogs must wear nappies that are not too tight nor too loose – it has to fit comfortably while still being secure. There are various size options among dog diaper brands, from extra small to extra large.
How to diaper your dog
Putting a diaper on your dog can be a challenging task, but it must be done properly. Here are some tips:
- See to it that your dog is calm before changing their diaper. Keep a few treats handy should the need to distract your dog arise.
- As much as possible, wear gloves to avoid direct contact with your dog’s feces or urine.
- Clean your dog’s behind with a wet wipe (consult your vet for the best kind/brand of wipes to use).
- Make sure to frequently change your dog’s diaper – like human babies, they can have diaper rash, allergies, and infections from sitting on a soiled diaper for too long.
- Getting your dog used to wearing diapers may take some time. Be patient – don’t try to intimidate or frighten them when they try pulling or chewing off their diapers as this can cause them unnecessary stress.
So are dog diapers a good idea? The answer is yes! Just make sure to seek your vet’s advice first for the best type of diaper for your dog, or if your dog really needs them at all.