A Complete Guide to Using and Choosing Dog Diapers
At certain points in our life, we will all need a little help in the bathroom department, and dogs are no different. With everything from potty training and incontinence, to heats, pregnancy, stress and anxiety, there are a host of reasons as to why your dog may benefit from using a dog diaper.
Dog diapers have become an extremely popular choice for dog owners across the world, offering a secure and easy to clean solution for pup hygiene needs. But with a variety of reusable dog diapers and disposable dog diapers on the market, it can be hard to know which to choose.
Here we’ve put together a complete guide to using and choosing dog diapers, and we will go into further detail as to why your dog may require a diaper, the pros and cons of different types of dog diapers, as well as how to measure for and find the best doggy diaper for your fur baby.
In what situations are diapers for dogs used? Let’s take a look:
HouseTraining - A great tool to use for particularly pee-happy puppies or highly anxious dogs who may not get to the bathroom in time, dog diapers catch any accidents before they can hit the carpet, bed or blanket.
Incontinence - Using dog diapers for incontinence can put both you and your pooch at ease when it comes to little accidents. Dogs that suffer from incontinence will not always have control over when and where they go to the bathroom, and using dog diapers can help keep them feeling clean and secure.
GoingIntoHeat - Using diapers for dogs in heat, as well as pre/post birth, can be very beneficial in keeping your female dog feeling secure, allowing her the freedom to roam without the risk of soiling.
BehavioralIssues - Dogs who suffer from certain behavioral issues can be prone to excessive urination in the home. While working towards proper toilet training and behavioral work, the use of dog diapers can help avoid mess in the meantime.
Illness / HealthandMobilityIssues - Poorly, elderly or differently-abled pups can need a little extra help and support when it comes to going to the bathroom. Dog diapers are a great solution to ensure your dog can comfortably go to the bathroom as and when they need to.
Disposable Dog Diapers vs. Washable Dog Diapers
Want to find the best doggie diapers for your peeing pooch? Here are the pros and cons of both washable and disposable dog diapers.
Pros of washable dog diapers:
Sustainability: Unlike disposable diapers, reusable diapers are extremely cost-effective and eco-friendly, reducing wastage and saving you money in the long run.
Easy to clean: Washable dog diapers are just what they claim - washable! Reusable diapers can be cleaned easily in a washing machine and are ready to use again in no time, ensuring a thorough cleaning each time.
Cons of washable dog diapers:
Require regular washing: To ensure there is no buildup of bacteria and odor, reusable diapers do need to be washed regularly, which can add a little extra to your weekly wash load. The state of your dog’s diaper needs to be monitored closely to ensure they are kept to a high standard, and we understand not everyone will have the ability to do this.
Your dog might not take to them: Just like anything new, your dog may not take to diapers. Every dog is different and different training tools will work for each one. Some dogs are more sensitive to certain patterns or textures, and so reusable diapers may not be the best option for all dogs.
Pros of disposable dog diapers:
Easy and mess free: Disposable diapers are a quick and easy option for those who may not have the time or facilities to regularly clean their dog diapers.
Come ready advertised for dog size, absorbency, etc: Often catering for all dog breeds, sizes and needs, disposable diapers come pre-packaged in various types to help you easily find the right ones for your canine companion.
Can be found in most pet stores: Disposable diapers can be found easily in most pet stores, making them easy to grab on your weekly grocery shop.
Cons of disposable dog diapers
Unsustainable: Disposable diapers may be the easier option but they aren’t easier on the planet or your wallet. Particularly during puppy potty training or caring for dogs with longer term health needs, the need to restock these diapers can become pretty frequent, meaning you are spending more whilst contributing more rubbish to landfill; which can be detrimental to the environment.
May not be as comfortable or well-fitting as a washable option: While disposable diapers are a good option for dogs particularly prone to frequent soiling, you may find that this type of diaper is not as comfortable or well-fitted for your dog as a more tailored reusable option.
How Are Male and Female Dog Diapers Different?
The anatomy of male and female dogs are different, meaning that their diapers will be too.
Male dog diapers and dog diapers for female dogs will look slightly different, and it is important to find the right shape and style of diaper depending on your dog’s sex. This will help to ensure they are comfortable and that the diaper is secure and doing its job.
There are different styles of dog diaper to suit the shape, size and needs of your dog, all of which will sit slightly differently. At Potty Buddy we offer a standard diaper which can be paired with a belly band for male dogs (to assist with potty training, marking or incontinence), as well as skirt diapers which are particularly effective for female dogs in heat.
It is important to measure your dog against the diaper sizing charts to ensure a comfortable and suitable fit.
Finding the right size diaper for your dog - measuring and breed
It is super important to make sure that you buy the right size diaper for your dog. Too loose and accidents may leak out; too tight will cause discomfort and distress for your dog.
Here are our tips to correctly measure a dog for diapers, as well as other things to consider when fitting a diaper:
Weight - While this is not the only measurement that should be done - and be wary of this as many diapers will be fitted on weight alone which is not always a precise indicator of size - getting an idea of your dog’s weight can be a good starting point for any diaper fitting process.
Waistmeasurement - The most important measurement to get of your dog is their waist, as this is wear the diaper will be secured. You can do this by using a flexible tape measure, or even using a piece of string and measuring the length against a ruler afterwards.
Age - It is also important to consider your dog’s age when choosing a dog diaper. For example, puppies have a tendency to grow very rapidly, meaning they will likely grow out of their diapers fairly fast.
Dogbreed - All dog breeds are different shapes and sizes, with unique bodies that will need unique attention when finding the perfect diaper fit - there is no one size fits all solution in the dog world!
Adjustability - To leave room for growth and bodily change, as well as ensuring that the diaper is not restrictive, it can be beneficial to choose a diaper with an adjustable waistband, perhaps in the form of velcro. This will help you be able to manually gauge the fit of your dog’s diaper from day to day.
Here at Potty Buddy we have a range of fun and colorful dog diapers to suit the needs of your furry friend. They work great for both puppies and older dogs, and are size adjustable to fit any breed.
Our ultra comfy dog diapers are super absorbent, with 3x better liquid absorption than the average diaper. They are also leak resistant and planet-friendly - as all our dog diapers are reusable, helping to reduce our contribution to landfill and also saving you plenty of dollars too!
Dog diapers can be an ideal solution for pups that are potty training, in heat, experiencing incontinence or have specific hygiene needs that require more time-intensive support.
But we know you may still have some questions about dog diapers, so here’s some FAQs to help answer those key concerns or queries.
The short answer? No. Dogs have unique body shapes and needs that are completely different to human babies, and therefore human diapers are not suitable to use on your dog. Fitting your pooch for a proper dog diaper will ensure the best fit and comfort levels for your furry friend.
Here at Potty Buddy our dog diapers are 3x more absorbent than average diapers, meaning your dog will be less prone to rashes and discomfort. This being said, it is important to keep an eye on the frequency of your dog’s need to relieve themselves to ensure the diaper does not become too full or uncomfortable for your dog. We would recommend changing your dog’s diaper every 3-4 hours, and more often if required.
Absolutely! As long as you take into account your dog’s unique measurements and needs, dog diapers can work very well on older dogs, particularly in aiding with incontinence, reduced mobility or other age-related health issues.
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