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Old 12-11-2017, 01:16 PM
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my 11year old fur baby has cancer I need help with incontinence..

This is my first time posting so hopefully itís in the right place....
My 11 year old fur baby has cancer and heís having incontinence troubles. Iíve tried doggie diapers etc but heís an odd shape so they donít stay on.... so my question is is it possible to train an old dog whoís house trained to start using pee pads if Iím not home and heís gotta go? I work 8hr days so thereís no way for him to hold it but how can I train him to use the pee pads? My poor baby is trying but holding it just isnít an option. Heís kennel trained at night but Iíve been outta options during the day so Iíve been putting him in his kennel but he pees in there cause he canít help it. I donít want him sitting in his pee all day so I was thinking pee pads are a good option. Sadly I have carpet everywhere in my house so it has to be pee pads. Also I have a 2year old baby at home so I gotta do whatís best.... sighhhhh itís so stressful having a sick fur baby 😔 I just want him to be comfortable. Please I need help. Thanks in advance
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Old 12-11-2017, 01:52 PM
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Does he realize he's peeing when he does it? We had a female who was incontinent her whole life from early spaying....but she would pee and not know it was happening at first....if thats the case then I dont know if anything can be done....
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Iíd say yes he knows heís peeing. The vet told me it just hurts him to hold it so heís gonna pee and definitely have accidents 😔
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Have you tried human undies and put pads or panti liners in them? Just cut a whole fornthe tail? Or if you have fabric, Velcro and a hot glue gun make a custom "diper" that fits the pups shape and then use pads to catch the pee
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Iíd say yes he knows heís peeing. The vet told me it just hurts him to hold it so heís gonna pee and definitely have accidents 😔
I'm so sorry to hear that he has cancer

If his mind is still sharp and he's not suffering from something like Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, then I'd say he can learn to use a pee pad, BUT it's going to be very hard to do so because peeing outside is such an ingrained habit.

What I'd do is first train him to use the pad outside in the yard. To do that put the pad in the yard and wait for him to really have to go, or to ask to go potty if he's trained to do that. Grab some extra special treats that you know he LOVES. Take him out on leash and lead him to the pad, it'll help at first to have a larger area covered in a pads. Give a potty command (once) Wait 5 minutes for him to go, if he does not potty then bring him inside and wait 10 minutes to try again. If he goes say the potty command as he's going then praise, him and give him the treat as soon as he's done, (right when he starts to lift up from peeing). After he's gone 4 or 5 times on the pads move them closer to the door and take one away (end goal is to have only one pad down). After he uses it 4 or 5 times in the new spot move the pads closer to the door and take another pad away. Again after he's used it 4 or 5 times in the new spot move the pad or pads right next to the door and if you aren't down to one pad take another away. Next up move the pad or pads inside but right next to the door, and start trying to get him to pee on it inside the house, that'll be the hardest part since he's got a life long habit of peeing outside to break. Hopefully it won't be too hard, and he'll catch on quick since you'll be able to use the potty command to let him know that he can go there.

If he's a larger breed I'd get the extra large puppy pads and tape two together to give him a good bit of room to aim for. You want to make it hard for him to miss, I know my boy is talented enough to pee between his front paws which means that if he had his back legs on the pad, but front legs off of it, he could pee on the floor while thinking he was using the puppy pad
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Have you tried human undies and put pads or panti liners in them? Just cut a whole fornthe tail? Or if you have fabric, Velcro and a hot glue gun make a custom "diper" that fits the pups shape and then use pads to catch the pee

Undies will only work for a female, with the males the underwear isn't tight enough where it needs to be, and that's if you can find some that go high enough up to cover the penis, and if you do you have the risk of them slipping down, uncovering the penis and defeating the whole purpose. Belly bands would work if Quincy can find some that fit, or like you suggest make one herself. I do know the frustration of having a hard to fit dog, I've spent a fortune trying to find pre-made harnesses, jackets, and sweaters to fit my dog, and usually end up on etsy looking for someone who custom makes them.
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My last dog got degenerative myelopathy at age eleven which is fatal and progressive. He eventually lost the use of his hind legs and the high dose of steroids he was on made him drink a lot and also incontinent. I lived in a third floor apartment at the time with narrow twisting carpeted steps and he couldn't make it up and down alone so I had to help carry all 75 pounds of him alone with a medical harness. He had many accidents both urine and poop. I was always cleaning the stairs, porch and sidewalk, not to mention my entire wall to wall carpeted apartment. I now live in an all hardwood floor apartment on the second floor with all floor building. No more carpet with pets ever!!!
I didn't have the ability to train him to use pee pads outside slowly like mentioned above, I could only take him up and down twice a day, he was too heavy and I needed and then had surgery so wasn't supposed to be lifting much at all.
I bought large peepads and tripled them and spread them everywhere and told him the go pee command he knew. Some of the ones you buy have scents in them that encourage dogs to use them.

I'm so sorry your dog has cancer.
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