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My sweet Pomeranian has been disabled for over a year. She has a neurological problem which has cut off her brain’s signal to her back legs. She can walk a short distance, but her front legs and back legs no longer work in unison. Once her back legs give out, and her bum hits the floor, she’s done because she can’t tell her legs how to lift herself.
While it sounds miserable, she’s a very happy girl and isn’t in any pain. However, her disability means that she doesn’t have full control over her bowel and bladder, so she’s prone to potty accidents. While it’s no fun helping her with her toileting needs, there’s no way I’m going to put her down when it’s a small price to pay her for the ten years of companionship she’s given me.
Having an incontinent dog is s very much like having a potty training toddler in the house. Many times I can anticipate her needs just right and help her eliminate onto a pad, but other times I forget or ignore her barking assuming she’s reacting to something she hears outside, and I have to clean up the mess and give her a bath. I’ve been doing this for so long now that I have it down to an easy system, so it’s no bother. I hope that if you’re in a similar situation, you’ll consider using my suggestions so you can comfortably keep your best friend around a little longer, too.
My 5 Tips For Taking Care of an Incontinent Dog:
- Washable Bed/Raised Bed: Our 9 pound Pomeranian used to sleep in our bed, but now she has a raised bed, so she still feels like she’s sleeping with us, but there’s no chance she can ruin our very expensive bed. It’s very much like a co-sleeper for an infant, only Jewel’s bed is a wooden box we built on top of a large plastic storage container. I wanted to make sure the bed was lightweight enough for me to move around but sturdy enough that she feels safe. It was meant to be temporary until we could find something else or until she was no longer with us, so we never bothered to paint it or make it look nicer. But it’s still serving its purpose, so we’re still using it, even though she no longer uses the ramp that was attached (see below). Inside the box is a washable and waterproof outdoor pet bed that acts as her mattress. We have two identical beds, so she always has a clean one. They’re identical because Jewel doesn’t like change.
- Incontinence Supplies – Potty Pads & Towels: While I want Jewel to be comfortable, I also have to protect my investment in my furniture by making sure that anything she’s laying on is protected. To do this, we layer a puppy potty pad with a doubled over a white towel. This gives her some cushion in addition to her bed and, unlike puppy diapers, the pad and towel help keep her urine off her skin which can cause irritation and redness. The towels are handled like diapers. They have their own covered laundry hampers and are washed and dried separately from our household laundry. Because the towels are white, they can be washed in hot water and bleached if necessary, and they won’t accidentally get mixed in with our bath towels. We also use a diaper pail for her soiled pads to prevent their odor from escaping.
- Gentle Shampoo and Natural Barrier Cream: Like an infant, if feces or urine remain on her skin for too long, redness and irritation can occur. When our dog soils herself, I wash her bottom half with a mild shampoo. A natural shampoo is essential since some days she has to be repeatedly bathed (I wear a rubber glove on my cleaning hand, but not my other hand so I can monitor the water temperature at all times). To soothe her red bottom, I use a petroleum jelly alternative that’s all-natural and apply it with cotton swabs. There’s no stinging, and it soothes instantly – I know because I have the same product for my dry, chapped lips!
- Accessibility – Ramps & Stairs: Our little Pomeranian lost the use of her legs over time, so her bed was built with a shelf and a cutout to make it easy for her to get into her bed. Ramps are easier for most pets, but they take up a lot of floor space. This set-up worked for about six months before she lost the ability to climb the ramp. Now we carry her around the house in a set of “travel” beds. They’re small donut beds that we layer the same way as her raised bed.
- Never Run Out of Pet Necessities with Petco Repeat Delivery – Taking care of our sweet girl would be so much harder if we didn’t have all her necessary supplies shipped automatically to our home with Petco’s Repeat Delivery program. No longer do we have to rush to the grocery store and pay too much for her supplies. I have her potty pads and treats delivered every month, and her hard-to-find specialty dog food every three months. That’s the beauty of Petco’s Repeat Delivery program – I set the delivery schedule, and I save money!
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You don’t have to have a pet with special needs to take advantage of this fabulous home delivery program for pets products. You can save on pet food, toys, treats, and more. You’ll find a wealth of products for dogs, cats, birds, and more.
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Repeat Delivery $30 Promotional eGift Card Terms & Conditions
*To qualify, first-time new customers must sign-up and place their first Repeat Delivery order, between Sunday, May 1, 2016 and Tuesday, May 31, 2016.
Please note there are some exclusions. For example, the Promotional eGift Cards are not valid on donations, back ordered items, or the purchase of another Petco eGift Card, or physical Petco Gift Card and the value of the Promotional eGift Card is applied to the total purchase, including shipping and tax. There may be other limitations – please check the Petco website for the full details.
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I also signed up for Petco Pals. It’s a membership that rewards me for shopping and includes a birthday treat for my girls (when I fill out a pet profile for them). I also receive exclusive coupons and discounts for members only. Plus they offer bonuses to help me earn rewards faster, and I’ll receive 5 Reward Dollars for every $100 I spend. Since membership is free, it’s an easy way to save on my pets’ needs and you can too!
Caring for my Aging & Incontinent Dog
It’s my pleasure to care for my senior pet, she’s earned a cushy retirement, but there’s no reason it should be a chore for me, and I’ll take advantage of home delivered pet supplies. Petco’s Repeat Delivery service is a fabulous way to save, and it makes caring for pets so much easier. I’ll never run out of food, potty pads, or treats, again!
I adore my little girl, but I won’t hesitate to let her go when she’s ready. Until then belly rubs, ear scratching, and snuggles are what she lives for.
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