Homemade Dog Diapers

March 26, 2006

Homemade Dog DiapersMy puppy went into heat last week and it has been very heavy and I was wondering if anyone has tried to make a homemade diaper or something to prevent their pet from staining everything they sit on? Do you have any ideas that could help me?


Corri from TN


By Jean (Guest Post)
March 27, 20061 found this helpful

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March 27, 20061 found this helpful

I think you can get them at pet supplies stores. If not try a pull-up with a hole cut out for the tail LOL


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March 27, 20061 found this helpful

I have seen them at least for housebreaking, but they may work for heat. Or call your vet, they may have "samples"?


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March 27, 20061 found this helpful

If you have a baby gate (they can be relatively cheap) corral her in the bathroom or kitchen, that way it is easier to clean and she won't be miserable in a kennel.

March 27, 20061 found this helpful

We used a diaper for our dog when she was in heat. It was denim and had velcro on the sides so you could take it on and off easier. It also had a hole for the dog's tail.


I bought women's panty liners for the inside of the diaper. Just remember to TAKE OFF the diaper when you let the dog out to pee. I can't tell you how many times I forgot to take it off our dog. Thank goodness it was washable.

I'm glad she's fixed now so we don't have to go through that again.

By dameemag (Guest Post)
March 27, 20061 found this helpful

I have used mens or boys underware...Depending on the size of the dog....The hole works great for the tail but you might have to use a safty pin to make it smaller around the waist....Good Luck...

By rjcro (Guest Post)
April 9, 20071 found this helpful

I use a pair of child's underpants and a menstral pad. I try to get
the one with double rows of sticky tape. Line the underwear with pad
and cut a hole for the tail. If it is too large around and falls off,


I use a piece of velcro to gather it. I have also used a regular
diaper but the child's underpants works better.

By terri (Guest Post)
March 7, 20081 found this helpful

I used a child sock but I have a very tiny dog.

March 9, 20081 found this helpful

check this out.

By Bernie (Guest Post)
March 12, 20081 found this helpful

I have tried the disposable diapers but my dog gets out of them. I have even tried taping her diaper. Right now what seems to be working are the wee wee pads with tape. It also depends on the size of your dog and how active. The wee wee pads are working the best.

By Alyssa (Guest Post)
January 18, 20091 found this helpful

When my Yorkiepoo was in heat I bought a package of cheap toddler panties- for my puppy I got size 2/3- Even those were too big. I decided to sew them to fit.


To do this try the panties on your dog and find out how much too big they are. -For my puppy it turned out she needed about 6 inches of the diameter of the panties waist taken off.

Lay the panties inside out and with the front on top.

Divide the number of inches extra by four and Mark with a pencilthat much from each of the side seams- for me it was 1 1/2 inches on each side.

Sew straight down the mark you made on each side.

Then just cut off all but 1/4 inch of the extra along where you sewed and turn them right side out! You want to cut a hole for the tail if its not docked.

This gave me a perfect cute little pair of panties that I just put a maxi pad in! I put them on just like you would on a child with the front side on her tummy. They stayed on great and my puppy appreciated them a lot more than the diapers I had tried Hope this helps!

April 10, 20100 found this helpful

This can work great for smaller dogs. My dog is under 20 lbs. and I used an infant onzie. Cut a hole for the tail and use 1/2 a panty liner during discharge.


I've tried other things but they always seemed to slip off. This doesn't.

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January 22, 2015

My loving Cairnoodle, 10+yrs, with barely a tail, 20 lbs, 14" from shoulders to base of tail, shakes, scratches and gets out of doggy diapers. I have ordered DoRites with attached suspenders, but that gets really pricey since I have to use them every night. She is very embarrassed because she is very well potty trained, but watching the stricken look on her dear face when I remove the stairs so she cannot sleep with me as she has done since she was puppy is almost more than I can bear.

The mattress is waterproof, but changing bed linens/waterproof cover 1-2 times per night has got to stop! I am 72 and that is hard work so late at night plus I am not getting the rest I need at my age. She is on meds for UTI, but doc says at her age, she may remain incontinent. A onesie might work, but since my own babies are now middle aged, I have forgotten what size I would need to buy. I would appreciate any suggestions.

By Linda C


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January 22, 20151 found this helpful

I believe you already know what you might need to do soon and it will be difficult as you clearly love your dear friend very much!

Unfortunately, when we chose to have a dear friend (or dear friends!) in our lives who usually have a much shorter life span then we have, we face the prospect and the responsibility of choosing to either maintain an often expensive, difficult and somewhat longer life or helping them pass on in a loving and pain free way.

You are having real difficulties now with the expense and physical difficulty of changing, washing, and buying materials for your friend's continuing problem. Your vet opines that the current medical problem may continue. Your dog is clearly unhappy, as well. Your choice is to continue with the currrent difficult situation (and one that may worsen over time) or helping your dear friend pass.

January 24, 20153 found this helpful

You could try doggie pajamas over the diapers. These look like "long johns" and button like human PJs. Try a pet store that sells pet clothes to get help with sizing. Online stores sell the pajamas. There doesn't seem to be any reason to put down the animal if it is in no obvious distress.

January 25, 20150 found this helpful

I had a dog 14 years old and incontinence happened during the day and night and asked the vet for medicine for the incontinence worked very well.

April 20, 20160 found this helpful

This is the only thing I can find! I hope it helps! :) Hug your furbaby for me :D

February 24, 20170 found this helpful

I have purchased dog pajamas on eBay. They were a quite reasonable price.

May 28, 20171 found this helpful

Dogs are NOT disposable beings when they become older and need a little help, when they stood by us through everything. They are part of the family, part of our lives. Sorry they become such an inconvenience for you when they get up in years! I suggest you stay a pet-free home.

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February 13, 2013

I have a dog that is mixed Lab, she weighs about 80 lbs. I use the adult Depends on her when she is in heat, and they just are still too big, they keep falling down off from her back. I can't seem to find anything to make them stay up. Any suggestions on what to do or anything else I can try to use on her? The smaller ones just don't seem to fit on her right.

By Ellen


December 22, 20130 found this helpful

I have a small dog so I used a random unmatched thick black tube sock, cut off the foot part (so it's only the tube) and then cut holes for the legs and tail. The extra length that's left over should be under the tail so don't cut the holes until it's on the waist up high enough so it won't fall off on it's own then fold & tuck the extra under the tummy into the band, that way you'll have the "pad" and it's adjustable. Since you have a larger dog, I'd say get a pair of child's long john's pants/sweatpants,cut out for the tail and then u can use panty liners or what have you. if that's not an option use a shower cap/plastic bag (just cut off handles and then u can tape the waist) an old bini would prob even work too. Just some ideas.

May 28, 20160 found this helpful

You probably have already found a solution. Hopefully so! But, we have a 1-1/2 year old, 70 lbs, German Shepherd. I buy the off brand pull-ups and cut out a hole for her tail. Then to keep them up, I use small little girls underwear that fit snug (cutting out the hole for her tail). I put the underwear over the pull-ups and leave about an inch or so of the pull-ups "out" around the top. The underwear keeps them up nice and tight!!! SUCCESS!!!

June 3, 20190 found this helpful

What size pull ups are you using

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July 13, 2006

Does anyone know how to make a diaper for a female dog in heat. She's a really little Chihuahua.

Donna from Springfield, MO


January 4, 20140 found this helpful

I bought doggie diapers for our 2 dogs from, it was only $10 for washable dog diapers(for 2), wonderful!
I have a male and a female, the male use to wear a wrap but it was causing friction and made him sore in the private area, so my female and him wear a full on washable diaper, pull the tail through, Velcro it, done!

October 31, 20150 found this helpful

Do you recall the brand name of this "pull the tail through" item?

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