We all know what nappies are. Whether they are used at the beginning of life or at the end, nappies are an indispensable part of certain times of life. But did you know that there are nappies that are made specifically for dogs are made?
What are dog nappies?
Let's start with the basics. Doggy nappies are almost exactly like baby nappies, with a hole for the dog's tail. Like baby nappies, there are both cloth and disposable nappies for dogs. Cotton nappies cost more initially, but are reusable. Disposable nappies are easy to use, but end up in landfill and the cost increases over time.
Some recommended dog nappies
Reasons for using them ...
As with humans, dogs can suffer from incontinence. This can be caused by a urinary tract infection, a weakened sphincter, diabetes or bladder disease. If your dog is incontinent, contact your vet. Medication or surgery may be appropriate to treat the condition. However, nappies can also be part of the solution.
For older dogs
Older dogs may have difficulty getting up in time to go outside. They may also have a harder time controlling their natural needs. In some cases, cognitive dysfunction can also play a role in accidents. Medication can help, but dog nappies can also play a permanent role.
Dog nappies for bitches in heat
Female dogs in heat can leave stains in the house. Doggy nappies can keep your home cleaner and also prevent the almost constant licking that is often seen with a dog in heat.
Housebreaking is part of the course in house training. If you are very concerned about this, dog nappies can be a temporary solution until your puppy or adopted adult dog is housebroken. However, if you rely on them too much, your dog may never learn where and when to go. So proceed with caution.
Tips and tricks
Check with your vet before using dog nappies. There may be other solutions to a challenge you are facing. The underlying causes of urinary incontinence should be diagnosed and treated before resorting to dog nappies.
- There are many brands of dog nappies and variations in fit and absorbency. Carefully follow the measurement instructions of the product and choose the right fit for your dog.
- Just like babies, dog nappies should be changed frequently. Your dog should not be in a full nappy to avoid an itchy, uncomfortable nappy rash.
- Use baby wipes to clean your dog when you change him
- Wear gloves when changing your dog's nappy to avoid touching urine or faeces
- If your dog has a docked tail, use tape to close the tailgate before use to prevent leaks