My 11 year old male shepherd-mix is in congestive heart failure, but doing very well on medicine. He has a good outlook for many months of high quality living. The diuretic medicine causes him to pee in the house occasionally -- because I can't get him out the door fast enough. We live in a condo and he has to go out on leash. We can't leave the house for more than a couple hours or he will need to pee. I welcome any tips on managing incontinence for large male dogs.
We saw the vet recently and had dog tested for urinary tract infection. He will need to take the diuretic for the rest of his life, and I expect the incontinence problem to get worse as his health declines. My husband and I plan to care for doggie at home as long as he is happy and pain-free. When the vet tells us it's time, we will say good-bye.
Here is what I am thinking about:
Dog Walking Service --
We have slowly been introducing a dog walking service, but our dog is protective of the house. It will take a while before he is comfortable letting the walker enter the house when we are not home.
Wee wee pad --
The vet recommended we train the dog to use a wee wee pad
as his designated indoor pee spot. Anyone have experience doing this with a large dog? Does it really minimize the mess? I swear he pees a quart sometimes. It looks like these wee wee pads are disposable. Are there any washable, reuseable options?
Belly band --
Does anyone have experience using a "belly band
" -- a wide elastic cumberbund that helps a male dog hold his urine longer?
Water bowl --
The vet tells us the dog must have water available at all times. He drinks a lot! I keep two big bowls for him.
It could be his advanced age, or possibly the drugs... the dog is no longer good at communicating his needs. He used to run to the door when he needed to pee. Now he will only stand and look at me. I'm getting better at reading his face. I'm wondering if there is a positive reinforcement technique to teach my old dog how to specifically communicate when he needs to go out.