|Barked: Fri Sep 27, '13 7:05am PST |
|I currently have 3 chihuahuas, 2 of them are Seniors. Rosie is 15 now, and overall her health is amazing. She still chases squirrels and plays hard with my grandchildren, and she is THE alpha dog in the house. Cheesie is 10 years old, has lots of grey hair, and the courage of a lion. He will put every ounce of his 3.2 lbs in between his Dad (my husband) and any perceived threat. He has to take medicine daily to control the pain he suffers from 2 ruptured discs in his spine. You can't even tell he has a problem as long as we don't miss a dose of his meds. Mollie is a new member of the family. My son gave her to me on Mother's Day this year. She is currently 5 months old.
Now that I've introduced everyone I will share my experiences with dog diapering. Rosie has become incontinent in the last few months. We have tried pretty much everything available as far as diapering her.
We started with the reusable ones that you have to insert a pad into. We found it quite difficult to insert the pad properly. It always seemed to bunch up in the middle or off to one side, depending on her activities and the position she laid down in. There were frequent leaks so we got some of the plastic "panties" that go over the diaper. It worked better, but she soon developed a rash and smelled unpleasantly of urine.
We moved on to the disposable dog diapers. After price comparisons we chose the OUT! brand available at Walmart. Our local store doesn't stock them, but you can purchase them online and have them delivered to your local store and avoid shipping costs. Unfortunately they run quite small. The size recommended for her weight were so small that she could not use them. We ordered the next size up and got a satisfactory fit. However, the adhesive on the fastening tabs is quite weak and the diapers continuously fell off. In order to keep them on we had to use duct tape over the adhesive tabs. This renders the diaper unusable for a second time if you want to remove it to let your dog go outside. It sure is exasperating to throw out a clean, dry diaper just because you can't refasten the tabs to keep it from falling off.
Next I tried the Simple Solutions brand. I read several good product reviews about them.I got the best price at Amazon. They run true to size and have reusable velcro tabs. They don't leak or fall off. You can reuse them if you want to take them off to let the dog outside. We plan to use the Simple Solutions brand from now on.
I neglected to order another package on time and we ran out before the new order arrived. My husband bought a package of human baby diapers to use until the dog diapers arrived. We had no luck at all trying to use them. After ruining a few by cutting the tail hole in the wrong place we finally managed to get one on Rosie. It was not shaped for a dog and fit quite awkwardly. Rosie was unable to walk normally with it on so she retreated to her bed and laid down. The diaper promptly ripped at the tabs and fell off.
I hope this info is helpful.
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