Has your dog suddenly started having accidents in the home, and you are confused about what to do next? Or perhaps you recently adopted a new pup that is still in the process of being housetrained? Or maybe your dog is getting a bit too old, and taking them outside for potty breaks is becoming difficult?
These are just some of the many reasons why you should either get a dog belly band for your pet or a dog diaper. Despite their similarities though, many pet parents may not realize that they are different. So, we decided to quell the debate by explaining why they are not the same.
What is the difference between the two?
The first thing you need to remember is that male and female dogs both have different needs when it comes to dog diapers. For instance, it is not uncommon to find male dogs who may tend to “mark their territory” indoors by peeing all over the place. On the other hand, some may be experiencing urinary incontinence and are unable to keep their pee in check.
Dog Belly Bands
Dog belly bands can help you deal with such male dogs. They are lightweight, reusable dog wraps that are wrapped around your pooch’s waist, sealing off their private parts to keep them from peeing all over the place. Unlike full diapers, they don’t cover the entire area, which gives them more freedom.
Giant breed dog diapers are a necessity for dog owners with extra-large dogs with issues controlling their bladder or urinating to mark their territory in the house. These diapers are designed to fit dogs that weigh over 60 pounds, and they come in a variety of sizes and styles.
When it comes to dog diapers, they are used on female and senior dogs who may be struggling to hold back their pee or poo. As such, unlike belly bands, these diapers come in a wide range of dog sizes and completely cover your canine’s bottom. In that respect, some diapers even come with holes for their tails to provide extra comfort.
Factors To Consider When Buying A Dog Diaper or Belly Band
Now that you know the difference, there are still some important things to keep in mind before you go off making a purchase.
#1. Dog Diaper Size
The first and most important thing to remember is that your dog needs to feel happy in the dog diaper or belly band, to begin with. As much as keeping your floors and carpets clean is important, it should not come at the expense of their comfort.
This means taking the required measurements of their waists and comparing them with the brand’s sizing guide to get an accurate fit. If it’s too tight, your dog will not be happy and could prove to be more harmful than helpful. If it’s too loose, it will be pretty much useless in preventing leakage.
#2. Disposable Dog Diapers
The benefit of using disposable diapers is they are very convenient. You can just throw them out when done and replace them with a new one on your dog. The only issue is that it can prove to be expensive in the long run, and most disposable diapers are not durable. This means the risk of them ending up ripped is higher. We suggest using them only when you are on the move or traveling and don’t have much time to spare.
#3. Reusable/ Washable Dog Diapers
This is the best type to purchase, especially if you aren’t sure if the peeing problem is a short-term one or if it will take some time to resolve. Since they can be washed as many times as needed, they are highly durable, so you don’t have to worry about them getting ripped up by accident.
They also don’t usually contain any harmful chemicals or dyes either, which makes them the safe bet for your dog too. The only issue is that you have to deal with the cleanup afterward, but since you save a good chunk of money, it’s a reasonable trade-off when you think about it!