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My vet is pretty sure my 11 year old neutered mix breed dog has cancer in his bladder. I'll know for sure when the lab tests come back next week. He said there would be nothing I could really do except keep him comfortable as long as I can. He is not in pain, but is leaking urine badly since he has lost control of this urinary muscles. He seems perfectly healthy other than this and it's just breaking my heart. My problem is what can I do to keep him dry in the meantime? Right now I'm using a long neck scarf with a Kotex pad in the center and tying it over his back. It sorta works but I have to change it pretty often. He's a big dog weighing around 60 pounds. Has anyone else dealt with this who could give me some advice? I want to keep him around as long I can if he isn't in discomfort but it's really difficult to manage this urine problem. I have shower curtains on his bed and "his" couch and a lot of rugs and plastic on the floor. He is such a sweetie and I just want his time left to be as pleasant as possible. Thank-you for any help you can give me.
Do you recommend any particular diaper or "covering" for when he is up walking around the house? He seems perfectly normal except for his urine thing. Any person in their right mind would keep their darling leaking dog in the basement, but I just can't do it? Any suggestions would be deeply appreciated. Thanks for your reply.
I'm glad you're not leaving him in the basement, anybody who does, wouldn't deserve to be be a dog parent! You could try a belly band, your vet may know where to get one. I don't know about diapers, but there could be some that would work.
"A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control" Proverbs 29:11
Thank you, Carla! I saw the belly bands on the internet last nite and they did look hopeful. I was rather proud of myself because that's sorta what I've been doing myself with long neck scarves. I rig up diapers in them and then tie the ends of the scarf over his back. I was using feminine napkins at first, but he was going through those way too quickly. It takes forever to get them all "constructed" and ready for use, but he's been so nice about wearing them. Bless his heart! I do think I'm going to try the belly bands. I think they would probably do the job a whole lot better. I have to go back to work tomorrow for the first since his problem became so much worse. That ought to be interesting! Any other input would be greatly appreciated.