Male Doggie Diaper (band) effecting penile circulation?
(Ventura CA USA)
Hi. I didn't see this question on your site (or anywhere else online)....
I have a 10-month-old miniature daschund male. He's a huge piddler and easily scares. "YIPE YIPE YIPE!"
Anyway, he is just a walking time bomb and the smallest thing could set him off. We took him to the vet (he's perfectly fine and healthy, it's just that we are so much bigger than him. ) They recommended the band.
We bought the Simple Solutions™ reusable male incontinence diapers and have been using them for a couple of days. Although he's piddling on himself and doesn't know it, he's gotten a sudden burst of confidence! He's more playful and less timid.
I am concerned though. I change his liners often, and I notice a "half erection" for lack of a better term. The bottom (near the testicles) is hard (looks like an extra set of testicles inside) and the top toward the tip is normal...so it's off i guess. I'm worried the band is affecting the circulation down there. (I see marks from the elastic and have even loosened it with the same result). :(
We are giving him breaks from it to air out there and there,and things are heading in a positive direction. I would like to know if this is normal, and if there are guidelines to follow pertaining male doggie diapers as I'd love to continue using them.
Diaper is size small. Dog is 10.2 lbs.
This is an interesting question, but unfortunately I don't have an answer for you! I haven't noticed this problem myself when we've used the belly-bands on any of our dogs, but if they do seem very tight, and he's piddling a lot when wearing them, then I'd guess problems could occur.
However, as they really seem to be helping him it would be a shame not to be able to continue to use them. Giving him breaks from wearing them during the day (and I'm assuming he doesn't wear them when sleeping at night?) should help.
I think your best bet here is to discuss this with your veterinarian. As they recommended the belly bands (and they are a great product, very effective and can save a lot of mess and trouble) your vet or vet's assistants should be able to give you the answers you're looking for.
I expect this is just a minor inconvenience, rather than a real problem and wish you lots of luck with your pup. Hopefully as he gets older and more confident his piddling will lessen and he won't have as much need for the belly bands. If you haven't already checked out my page on submissive urination I'd recommend doing so, it has lots of tips and advice on dealing with common problem......... Dog Submissive Urination.