Do Doggie Diapers Work for Elderly Dogs?

Do Doggie Diapers Work for Elderly Dogs?

What do you do if your elderly, dog--your best friend--is becoming incontinent? This is a difficult problem for both you and your dog. You love your dog but you can't keep cleaning up constantly. It's not sanitary or enjoyable and certainly not sustainable for any length of time. It's also not fair to your dog, who knows they shouldn't be doing that and will probably feel guilty and sad about it.

You have heard about "doggie diapers" but do they work? Will your dog hate them? Is it a huge mess all the time? Let's try to get to the bottom of this--pun intended!

What Are Doggie Diapers?

Doggie diapers work in the same way as human diapers, in that they have an absorbent pad inside and a waterproof outside. The idea is that your dog will wear them and, when they relieve themselves, the diaper will catch it. This means no more accidents on your floor or furniture and hopefully fewer messes for you to deal with.

There are different types of doggie diapers available. Some go around the waist like a pair of underwear. Others have straps that go over the back legs and fasten at the waist. There are even some that look like little skirts! You can find all sorts of colors and designs too, so you can choose something that suits your dog's personality.

How Do I Put a Diaper on My Dog?

The first step is to measure your dog so you know what size to buy. Each brand and style of diaper will have different sizing, so make sure you check before you purchase anything. Once you have the right size, it's time to put it on!

If your dog is resistant to the idea of wearing a diaper, start by putting it on for short periods while they are relaxed. This could be while they are sleeping or taking a nap. Let them get used to the feel of it before asking them to wear it for longer periods.

dog diaper

When you are ready to put the diaper on for longer, try doing it while they are eating their favorite treat or playing with their favorite toy. This will help to keep them distracted and make it more likely that they will cooperate.

Once the diaper is on, take some time to adjust the straps or waistband so it is snug but not too tight. You don't want it to be too loose as it could fall off, but you also don't want it to be so tight that it is uncomfortable for your dog.

What if My Dog Hates Wearing a Diaper?

If your dog hates wearing a diaper, there are a few things you can try. First, make sure you are using the right size. A diaper that is too big or too small will be uncomfortable and may make your dog even more resistant to wearing it.

You can also try different types of diapers to see if your dog prefers one style over another. Some dogs prefer the feel of a diaper that goes around their waist while others prefer the straps that go over their back legs.

Finally, make sure you are putting the diaper on correctly and not too tight. If it is uncomfortable or doesn't fit right, your dog is likely to be even more resistant to wearing it.

If you have tried all of these things and your dog still hates wearing a diaper, you may need to accept that this is not the right solution for your dog. There are other options available, such as belly bands or doggie pads, which we will discuss in more detail below.

What Are Belly Bands?

A belly band is a type of diaper that goes around your dog's waist, similar to human underwear. They are usually made of cloth and have an absorbent pad in the middle. Belly bands can be effective for male dogs who are leaking urine or stool, but unfortunately, they will not work for female dogs.

belly bands

Belly bands are typically less expensive than doggie diapers and are easy to find in pet stores or online. You can even make your belly band by cutting a hole in the center of an old t-shirt and tying it around your dog's waist.

What Are Doggie Pads?

Doggie pads are absorbent pads that you can lay down on the floor for your dog to use. They are often used for puppies who are not yet house trained or for older dogs who are incontinent. Doggie pads can also be useful for female dogs in heat as they will absorb any blood or discharge.

doggie diaper

This is not an ideal option as you would have to place them around your house in areas where your dog will be. This might include putting them on floors, furniture, and in the dog bed. But if your dog absolutely won't wear the diaper, this might be your best choice. It would work best for dogs who aren't particularly mobile and who are confined to a certain area of the house.

Using this method might still involve a lot of clean-up, but maybe you can find a way to make it work?

Doggie Diaper Clean-Up

If it's just urine, this shouldn't be a big deal! Just make sure to change them frequently (every 2-3 hours during the day) so their skin doesn't get damaged. You might want to wipe them with a wipe to make sure the area is clean.

If there is a solid waste in there, try to clean it as soon as possible. You probably know your dog's bathroom routine in that regard, so be on the lookout after your dog's meals so you can deal with that right away. Hopefully, it will be quick and easy, but depending on different factors such as consistency and your dog's fur, etc., this could require some clean-up.

If you do have to clean off your dog, having a sprayer that attaches to your tub or toilet can be a godsend. These devices (called bidet sprayers) are inexpensive and attach to the water line of your toilet and have a long flexible hose with a sprayer at the end so you should be able to pop your pup in the tub and spray him off there. Some bathtubs have built-in sprayers which are great but if they don't, consider the toilet bidet sprayer to get the job done.

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Use a little soap if necessary, spray off your dog and dry with a towel, then you can put a fresh diaper on.

Washable and Disposable Doggie Diapers

There are both washable and disposable doggie diapers available on the market. Disposable diapers are often more expensive but they are also more convenient as you can simply throw them away after use.

Washable diapers are usually made of cloth and have an absorbent pad in the middle. They typically have velcro closures which make them adjustable to fit a variety of sizes. Washable diapers can be washed and reused multiple times.

disposable diaper

Some people prefer washable diapers because they are more environmentally friendly and cost-effective in the long run. Others prefer disposable diapers because they are more convenient and easier to use. Ultimately, the decision is up to you!


We all want the very best for our dogs and we want to extend their health and happiness for as long as we possibly can. Using doggie diapers might be a way to help keep the issue of elderly, incontinent dogs manageable. Of course, you can consult with your veterinarian about other ideas, such as controlling these issues with medication or specialized food. However you decide to handle the struggles of an aging dog, we wish you many more years of health and happiness for you and your furry friend!


Q1. Do dog diapers work for older dogs?

However, when it comes to dog menstruation diapers or protection for senior dogs who are having urinary or fecal incontinence, I've found washable, cloth dog diapers to be the superior option. They're more cost-effective over the long term, environmentally friendly, comfortable, and fit better.

Q2. How can I help my elderly dog with incontinence?

  1. Using doggie diapers.
  2. Walking the dog more frequently.
  3. Using waterproof pads under their bedding.
  4. Maintaining proper hygiene to prevent skin infection.

Q3. Will older dogs use pee pads?

Training a Senior Dog to Go Inside: For a senior dog, you can use potty pads to teach him to use the bathroom inside instead of outside. This is particularly helpful for incontinent dogs.

Q4. Why is my senior dog peeing in the house?

Senior dog incontinence or urinating in the house might be a sign of an underlying medical condition, or perhaps even an emotional issue such as stress or a change in routine. If your old dog is peeing in the house, your first step is to see your vet help rule out a medical problem.

There is no definitive answer to this question since every dog is different and will therefore respond differently to wearing a diaper. Some older dogs may find wearing a diaper to be uncomfortable or even humiliating, while others may not mind it at all. Ultimately, it is up to the owner to decide whether or not they want to try putting their old dog in a diaper. If they do decide to go ahead with it, they should closely monitor their pet to make sure that the diaper is not causing any distress.

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