Sanitation for Dogs
Dogs that no longer can groom themselves or have developed incontinence will need special care to keep them clean. Check out the following recommendations to improve your pets over all wellbeing.
- Baths - It is OK to bathe your dog at least once to twice a week using oatmeal based shampoos. You can also spot bathe more frequently if needed. Dogs that are urinary or fecal incontinent may need daily cleaning. You can not leave urine or feces on your pets skin long term, because it will cause sores and infection to develop.
- Brushing - Dogs that can no longer groom my need to be brushed daily to keep their skin and coat healthy.
- Clipping - Shaving or clipping your dog may help keep your pet cleaner. Many incontinent dogs with longer coats will need a "potty" cut to keep them cleaner and help prevent urine and fecal contamination.
- Diapers - Some dogs will allow diapers to be placed on them to help decrease urine and feces in the environment. You can try specific dog diapers, baby diapers or adult diapers depending on your dog's size.
- Absorbent bedding - Puppy pads work great to help absorb urine and feces while your pet is laying down. Another option is a mattress pad protector. The mattress pad protectors come in different sizes and can be machine washed.
- Wound Managment - Some dogs may develop open sores from cancers. You can try to manage these by bandaging them. Some open wounds will require daily cleaning and antibiotics to keep your dog comfortable