5 Tricks to Make Dog Diapers More Functional

Whether your dog has a leaky bladder or your little girl is in heat, a diaper is definitely the best solution to keep them, and your home, clean. But in order to take complete advantage of this effective solution, you first need to find the right diaper for your canine companion.

In a perfect world, you would find a diaper that offers a good fit, absorbs well, and one your dog enjoys wearing. But many pet owners face problems even after using multiple dog diapers. Sometimes the diaper just doesn’t stay put, other times it doesn’t absorb enough.

And then what are you left with?

An unhappy dog and a smelly, messy home.

In order to help you, here are some tricks that can make your dog diapers more functional and easy to use.


1. Express the Bladder Before Diapering

Even if you are using diapers, expressing the bladder is still recommended (your dog’s – not yours). Expressing the bladder before you change your dog’s diaper will ensure that the amount of urine in the diaper is minimized. This is important because it will keep the diaper drier and prevent skin irritation and infection. It’s also a good idea to empty your dog’s bladder every 8 hours in order to prevent a bladder infection from the small amount of urine remaining in the bladder.

Here is a very helpful video that will teach you how to properly express your dog’s bladder.



2.Ensure a Proper Fit

For dog diapers to work effectively, it’s important they fit your dog properly. Obviously, if the diaper you put on your dog is too big, it’s going to eventually fall right off. And if the fit is too small, your dog will be very uncomfortable for your dog and constrict their movement, which is not healthy for them at all.


I put that in ALL CAPS because it’s really important. There is no universal size chart for pet clothing. Just because your dog is tiny and wears a small in sweaters and collars, doesn’t mean she will need a small diaper, she could need a medium or even large, depending on the particular company. So again, look at the company’s size chart and measure your dog accordingly.

The most important measurement is around your dog’s waist. When measuring their waist, it is highly recommended you use a proper measuring tape – the kind used to take people measurements, not the kind used to take the measurements of lumber. Don’t use your hands and guess or try to bend a regular measuring tape. If you don’t have one of these on hand you can cut a long piece of string or rope, or even paper. Wrap this around your dog’s waist and then use a regular ruler to measure the length.

If you have a dog that happens to have a lot of fur, it’s a good idea to add 1 – 2” to the measurement.

Making sure you get a proper measurement with help you get the exact right size of diaper for your dog. Your dog will be able to move around comfortably and the diaper will have a better chance to do its job.


3. Try Different Types

Dog’s diapers usually come in different styles, full-coverage diapers, belly bands and harness wear. Consider which type of dog diaper is the most effective for your fur baby. If your dog is having both urinary and fecal issues, we suggest you avoid belly bands as they are only great for urinary incontinence for males. Dogs that need full coverage, or cats, should use diapers for full urinary and fecal coverage. Our Pet Parents® washable dog diapers are a perfect solution. For males with only urinary issues our Pet Parents® washable dog belly bands are perfect for spot marking, dog urinary incontinence, excitement urination, or any other issue where the "goods" need to be covered. Purchase the style that fits you and your fur baby's needs. 


4. Try Boy's Briefs or Infant Onesies

Some pets just never get used to wearing diapers. No matter how great the fit, they just don’t take to them and do a great job of schooching out of them. In these cases, boy’s briefs or baby onesies can be a great solution.

Measure your dog’s waist and then buy one size smaller boy’s underwear. There will be an already cut out hole for the tail and you can use it with a pad or just over the diaper to secure it. You can also use an infant onesie over the diaper to secure it in place.


5. Use Liners or Pads with the Diaper or Belly Band

Pet Parents™ dog diapers and dog belly bands are completely washable, so you can simply toss them in the washer and dryer and get many uses out of them. Having said this, it’s a great idea to use liners or pads with your diaper or belly band for extra absorption. Plus, the less soiled the diaper gets, the less you have to wash it! Is your dog a heavy wetter? Liners, especially the reusable ones, are the best most economical option in the long run.

Having a dog in heat or who suffers from incontinence can be a challenge. But dog diapers can help keep you sane and your house clean. Check out our selection of washable dog diapers and dog belly bands. We have sizes that fit the smallest and biggest dogs, and also offer a variety of colors to choose from.


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