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Dog Diapers – Not All Are Good

Okay, who reading this hates those ugly black dog diapers that you can get at most pet stores? I mean, they work, but they’re not exactly attractive on our furry ladies. Don’t get me wrong, they work! We want that, right? Who wants the consequences of not having a dog diaper on your female? During that time of the year?

Yeah, me neither. Here’s the deal, I have dog diapers already. I purchased the only ones available in all of Alaska. The plain black one from Petco. They’re great, don’t get me wrong. But look at them. Blah!


Dog Diapers – The Basics.

We all know that female dogs go into heat. The time frame for this depends on your breed and the individual dog herself. Large breeds can hit their heat cycle several times a year. Smaller breeds, sometimes only once a year. Atlas? She’s every 6 months. Typical for the Bully Breeds.

Now, we know that during this time with larger dogs, you HAVE to have a diaper. I mean, otherwise they leave a trail. Ew. We don’t want that. So, dog diapers are meant to hold this in. Now, I have the 2-pack of the So Phresh Dog Diapers that I bought from Petco. Atlas has four of these now.

The problem with the So Phresh Dog Diapers? They’re Velcro. I hate Velcro! The first two didn’t last. I had to buy sew on snap buttons to fix them. The last two have fared better. The Velcro is still kind of there. However, I wanted to try out some other options. So, I went online and searched for other dog diapers.

Other Dog Diapers – Options?

Looking online for cuter dog diapers was fun. However, some of these things are stupid expensive! I found this really cute one that had little straps that go over the shoulders. But this thing was like $60! Petco’s were $30 for two. I’m not spending $60 on one dog diaper. Not only that, they were out of stock until 6 months. Yeah, not happening.

Then I started looking at other sites, Etsy and Pinterest among others. I’ve looked on Amazon as well. But you know, some things from Amazon are….well, not so great. Sure, I found a bunch of options. But then you look at the reviews and they get so-so reviews.

Then, I found some at Ali Express. Now, with this site, you have to be careful. Lots of things come from overseas. What does this mean? They can take forever in shipping.

But, I figured, screw it. I’ll order some that I found.

Not All Are Created Equally – Size-Wise

I ordered from Ali Express. I ordered several sizes to gauge how they were. A small, a medium and a large. I was so excited when I received the email notification that one of the dog diapers came in the mail! Yay! I checked the mailbox and there it was! And, it only took a week to ship to me! You know that’s fast!

Dog Diaper
Too Small!
But so cute!

I opened the package and saw this uber cute diaper! OMG! Pink with polka dots. Little straps that go over the shoulders. Even a little TuTu-like ruffle across the butt! Then, the test. “Atlas, come here, Baby!”   She came running into the room, jumped on the bed all excited! Tail wagging!

I unsnapped it, un-Velcroed it, and attempted to put it on her. Back legs in, attempting to stretch this diaper over her butt. Why won’t it fit?

So, I asked my husband for help to see if a Large would fit Atlas.

He comes in, and immediately says, “Babe, this is too small.”

Ugh! I already knew, I just wanted to try. Too small. The medium won’t fit and the small certainly wouldn’t either. Lame. What do I do now?

So What Are My Alternatives?

Here’s the deal. I want to create a diaper for female dogs that is cute, and practical. I’m not a fan of the plain black ones, you know that from my blah story above. I’m also not a fan of buying something that needs tweaking. Especially for $30. They should be good to go and last, in my opinion.

I also want something a little more feminine for my Atlas and Buttons. What do I do to achieve this? I think I’m going to have to make my own diaper. That might be the best solution. So, I’m going to find some cute material and start from scratch. Will this pan out for me? I’m not sure, so I suppose, to be continued.

Of course, if you aren’t like me and willing to make your own, then Petco still has theirs. There are sites out there that offer up cute diapers, but like I said, some can be expensive. I know I can make them for much cheaper than $60. There’s no way that amount of material costs $60.

Unless I’m making a diaper for a St Bernard.

Final Words on Dog Diapers.

This article probably wasn’t helpful, I know. I posted some links to Petco for their dog diapers. Of course, Ali has theirs for less money. They were only $4 per diaper. Just very, very small. There wasn’t an XL option either I’m afraid. For us Bully parents, we know our dogs are bulky. They’re buff.

So, I’m going to find some super stretchy material, some fluff and some snap buttons. I’m going to make these things and go from there. If you follow me, stay tuned for the end result I guess! If it’s super easy, I may even just sell a few. I’m sure the Bully parents out there will appreciate that!

Especially having diapers with straps to hold them on for those females that like to tear them off. I am lucky with Atlas in that she doesn’t do this. She is actually very, very good with her diapers. She lets me put them on her easily. She doesn’t chew them off, or try to rip them off. But I know a lot of Bully parents out there that claim they have to have straps. And, I’m just going to make them cute!

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8 thoughts on “Dog Diapers – Not All Are Good

  1. Dear Katrina,

    I really enjoyed reading your post. You talked so sweetly about dog diapers and you have so much love for animals! I also love dogs, and I have one, but it’s a Maltese dog and it’s a male so I don’t have a problem with diapers but I completely understand you. This black one doesn’t look nice at all and we dog owners love to keep our pets happy. Is it possible that diapers are so expensive !? It definitely pays to make some on your own.
    I really like these roses! They are unusual and feminine, I’m sure your baddy like it. I also want to take this opportunity to praise your creativity, you really have a gift that you can use and one day sell diapers, why not? Thank you for this so relaxing text. And yes, I’ll show this a neighbor who has a female.
    Greetings, Danijela

    1. Danijela,

      Yes, the black one is just so blah. It works, but why dress them up in blah clothing? I like female colors for my dog, not just black. Some people might say it’s to hide the stains, but I put female disposable pads inside the diapers too so they don’t get gross. I wash them when they get too dirty, but I’m sure even with something that’s a dark red, or dark pink it would wash just fine. So, soon we’ll see about my design and whether it holds up I suppose!

      Thanks for reading and sharing! I appreciate it!


  2. Hi Katlin!

    Very nice article! You give us lot of insights for choosing the best dog diaper!
    And yes unfortunately as you experienced it ( and many of us too!) the big problem with Aliexpress is the issue about the product sizes.

    I don’t have this issue as I have a male dog. Glad that you will make your own dog diaper! Don’t forget to post some photos so we can see 🙂

    Continue the great job


    1. Hi Arnaud! Absolutely! I haven’t started them yet, but it’s my project for the next few weeks. Making cute dog diapers for the furry girls in our life that matches their personality! I even thought about taking some of my Crown Royal bags and designing one with those. I think that would be fun too.

      Thanks for reading! I’m glad you enjoyed this!


  3. Hi Katrina!

    Very nice article! You give us lot of insights for choosing the best dog diaper!
    And yes unfortunately as you experienced it ( and many of us too!) the big problem with Aliexpress is the issue about the product sizes.
    I don’t have this issue as I have a male dog. Glad that you will make your own dog diaper! Don’t forget to post some photos so we can see ?

    Continue the great job


  4. Omg. I didn’t know there were such things as undergarments for dogs. I owned 2 JRTs. One died and the other is still alive. When I would try to put raincoats on them, or booties, they would go nuts. They wouldn’t allow it. I can’t imagine trying to put a diaper on them. LOL. But here we are. Let’s see… so my very first dog, Lily, I had no clue about her going into heat and getting her period. So she used to leave blood on my floor. I was dumbfounded that she got her period like me! But there’s the thing, I could have never purchased a dog diaper for her. She would have torn it off. I think dog diapers go against nature. But, I thought it was an interesting read.

    1. Shalisha,

      Some dogs don’t like the diapers. I’m lucky with Atlas. I’ve been dressing her in clothing since she was a pup. In fact, the very first time I put her in clothes, I put in a hoodie that looks like a pineapple. It was so cute! In Alaska, our dogs MUST wear clothing. It’s way too cold out for anything else for them. This morning, to put it in perspective, it was -15 F degrees. If you live outside the US, that’s -26 C. Dogs simply can’t go out in weather like this without clothing. They would become frostbite within minutes unless you have husky dogs that live outdoors. Short furred dogs like Atlas can’t survive in that longer than 5 minutes. So, she’s been wearing clothing her whole life.

      As for the diapers, she wears them fine, they’re just plain black. Indoor dogs, which all dogs in Alaska must be, otherwise animal control takes them away, should wear diapers when they’re in heat. Unless you’re okay with blood all over your floors, and furniture.

      There are diapers with straps that go up and over the shoulders. I plan on making this style first for the dogs that tear them off. Otherwise, Atlas is fine with the standard around the waist diaper.

      Hope this helps. Thanks for reading!


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