Since starting medication for his heart failure Ollie has occasional incontinence at night. I needed to try diapers, as Ollie refuses to sleep anywhere other than the bed. I spent weeks looking in the pet stores and online for diaper solutions... after trying several ideas/contraptions I figured out my own solution that both Ollie & I can live with.
Here's what worked best for a 16 pound, very long, male dachshund dog. I bought a package of Gerber Baby Onesies (size 12 months) and modified them into a diaper holder:
- I sewed the neck area to reinforce it and stop it from opening up on the sides and sliding down the dog
- I sewed elastic straps to the bottom back of the onsie, about 6-7 inches long
- I sewed a 2inch strip of velcro onto the ends of each elastic strap
- I sewed the other side of the velco to the bottom front of the onesie
The pads I found work and fit best are Walmart Super Absorbent Overnight pads with Wings, a teal and melon orange package. I tried Always, Kotex, Serenity, and multiple other brands and for some reason the Walmart pads work the best--and they are very affordable (about $5.00 for 28). The other brands leaked out the sides or would come unglued and stick to his fur.
Hope this helps, if so please leave a comment for Ollie & I. Ollie is a proud, active, happy senior dog that is on diuretics and blood pressure medication to help his heart failure. These meds cause him to have to pee a lot... he is good during the day, but at night he has accidents/leakage. We can't fault him for that...I'll probably have the same problem when I'm his age...13 going on 14.