Believe it or not, fecal incontinence is quite typical in senior dogs, and is one of the most stressful conditions for both pets and pet parents. Managing incontinence for your furbaby is not easy but entirely possible, and with the right diapers and pads, you can help your dog be around his beloved humans again in the house.
Fecal incontinence is often associated with geriatric problems as your dog ages, but it is also common among dogs that are paralyzed in the hind legs, or those that have spina bifida or spine injuries. If your dog has lost control over his bowel movement, you will find that diapers can be very useful and effective in containing the “mess” while giving your dog comfort and the freedom to be inside the house again.
Taking care of an incontinent dog definitely takes a lot of time, effort and patience. At Barkertime and our extended family, we’ve cared for dogs with fecal incontinence ourselves over the years and have helped thousands of pet parents from all over the world cope with incontinence issues in their dogs. We hope our experience can help you find the best solution for your dog and know that you’re not alone as there are many pet parents dedicated to caring for their furbabies despite all the challenges with incontinence issues.
Use Barkertime Dog Diaper Overall as a Cover-up to Keep Disposable Diapers On
Our diapers can catch the poop and will contain it, but you probably wouldn’t want to reuse a cloth diaper after it has been soiled with #2. Also, it is much harder (if not impossible) to clean a fecally soiled diaper. What we’ve found most helpful over the years, and what Barkertime customers have been doing to take care of their incontinent dogs is to use a disposable diaper to contain the poop, and use our diapers as a cover-up to help keep it on. With the Barkertime diaper overall on, no one has to know your dog is wearing an ugly white diaper! Everyone will compliment on how stylish your dog looks in our diaper overall. Disposable diapers are notoriously not designed to stay on your dog, so what good is a diaper if it doesn’t stay on and contain the poop? The diaper overall can help keep the disposable one on while making your pooch look so cute. Win win!
One advantage of using disposable diapers is that it is convenient. Once soiled, you can just throw it away and the cloth diaper overall (which serves as a cover-up) is not soiled and can be used again without much washing. Many pet parents have told us this is the most effective and hygienic way to take care of their incontinent furbabies.
When your dog wears diapers, you should check frequently if the diaper has been wetted or soiled, and change it as soon as you can. You can stick one finger inside the cloth diaper overall (not inside the disposable diaper) to check if it’s warm or not. So your hand won’t get dirty. Most people change their dog’s diapers every 2 – 3 hours, but it depends on your dog’s “schedule” and how often he needs to release himself. With the disposable and reusable diapers set-up, changing diapers for your dog is a lot easier. Simply open the velcro wraps and remove the soiled disposable diapers from the cloth diaper overall. Use baby wipes to clean your dog’s belly and behind. Then, place a new disposable diaper inside the diaper overall and put the whole thing back on your dog. Voila!
Disposable Dog Diapers
If your dog doesn’t have a tail (or has a really small tail nub), you’re in luck! You can just use a human baby diaper which is disposable on your pooch. It works for a lot of our customers. Most small and medium dogs use Huggies size #2, or size #3. If you have an oversize dog, try size 4. It may take a few tries before you get the sizing right for your dog, but once you’ve got it, it comes in very handy.
- If your dog has a tail, you have 2 options. You can use baby diapers as mentioned above, but will have to cut a hole to fit your dog’s tail. It’s actually simpler than it sounds. Here’s how you do it:
- Place the disposable diaper over your dog’s hindquarters (on the lower back) to determine where the tail hole should be and mark that position
- Use a measuring tape and measure your dog’s tail circumference
- Draw a circle as big as your dog’s tail circumference right where the tail would be
- Try the disposable diaper on your dog and adjust the hole
- Once you get the tail hole positioned correctly for your dog, take the disposable diaper off your dog and save it as a template. Use it to make the tail holes on the other disposable diapers. It’s best to make a few disposable diapers ready for your dog, so you don’t have to rush to make one each time your dog needs it
If you don’t want to cut out the hole in the diaper yourself, there are disposable diapers pre-made with the tail cut-out for your dog. We find these on Amazon to be of decent quality and fit most dog sizes. Just make sure the tail hole fits your dog.
Most pet parents tell us that incontinence in general, and fecal incontinence in particular, can be managed with the right diapers and most importantly, time and patience. It might sound daunting at first, but caring for your pup, or senior pup (still a pup!) is totally worth it.
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