Messy Pants: Is It Time for Dog Diapers?
If you have kids, you are well aware of the trials and tribulations of the diaper phase of their development. But diapers serve an important purpose during this time, as you well know.
You may be surprised to know that dogs can sometimes need diapers and for a variety of health and behavioral conditions, too. While the thought of a doggie diaper may be upsetting, through the use of these garments, many pets will experience a better quality of life (and so will you).
The team at Pets Place Animal Hospital is here to shed light on the hows and whys of dog diapers, and whether or not your pet can benefit from them.
What’s a Dog Diaper?
A dog diaper is just like a regular human diaper, except there is a place for the tail. Diapers can be made out of plastic with an absorbing cotton or the equivalent liner or out of eco-friendly reusable cloth. Depending on your time and preference, the latter is more expensive at purchase, but can save you money in the long-run.
There are two types of diaper styles, one for males and the other for females. Male diapers have a much higher waistline than the female diapers.
Why Should You Consider Them?
During your pet’s housetraining weeks, the accidents may be serious, enough to make you consider diapers, but there are actual health reasons for using them.
- Your pet is incontinent. Urinary incontinence is a common medical condition that occurs with some health conditions or old age. Incontinence occurs when your pet cannot hold urine. It can be caused by a urinary tract infection, bladder infection, etc.
- Your pet is a senior. Older pets are more prone to urinary incontinence. Senior four-legged friends can suffer from cognitive issues, it can make it hard for them to know when they need to relieve themselves. Seniors are also more likely to have problems that cause incontinence.
- Your pet is in heat. Spraying and increased accidents are common among unaltered pets. Females who have been spayed, alternately, can sometimes leak urine as they heal from the surgery. Hormonal imbalance is another cause of these urine leaks.
- Your pet is being housetrained. Whether your pet is a youngster, just learning the ropes of pottying in the right place, or an adult who is having accidents, pet diapers can help. The important thing to remember is that this is a temporary solution. Diapers should be removed while your pet is being trained with positive reinforcement and consistency.
When Should They Be Avoided
Pet diapers are an essential tool for encouraging your pet’s good life. It is used for chronic conditions that cannot be modified by behavior. If your pet just hasn’t been housetrained, we encourage you to begin this process. If you need help with housetraining tips, please contact us. We can help.
Another problem with their use is that there may be behavior or health issues that are causing the accidents that have not been diagnosed. If your pet is having problems with incontinence and there isn’t a known cause, please seek an appointment for a thorough examination.
For More Information
Pee problems can be a drag for you and your pet. If you have any questions about dog diapers, incontinence, or any other pet related topic, please do not hesitate to call.