First I have to thank all you wonderful pet lovers. I have been reading your stories and have been touched to tears.
My husband and I have a dog, Isaac. George found Isaac in a dumpster 14 years ago as a newborn pup and has raised him ever since. They are inseperable. Isaac has some very bad arthritus in his back and some paralysis in his hind quarters. He takes rymidal and glucosimine condritin and then also an acid reducer because the rymidal upsets his tummy. For an old old man he is really in very good health and he loves life. He adores his daddy and loves his new mommy (that's me!
He plays a little each day with his younger puppy siblings and he just gets such joy out of life. He's always smiling. And he brings us so much joy too. He still gets around very well and we installed a doggie door for him since he has had urinary troubles "holding it". But now for the past year, he's had bowel incontinence issues. Poor old guy. He's not had a tinkle accident in the house in a long long time, but about three times a day he poops in the house. Sometimes he falls backwards into it or at the minium he manages to walk thru it and track it all over the house. It wasn't as bad, because until about a month ago, he at least made it off the carpet onto the hardwood floors which is much easier to clean. But it has gotten to the point of when it comes on him he rarely even makes it off the carpet... and I feel like I live in a poop house. Both my husband and I work and it's so very frustrating. I'm ashamed to admit that I'm to the point where I'm considering euthaniasia. But Isaac wants to live. He's such a happy dog and his pain is well managed and he never complains unless his tummy is upset, but I think we now have that under control. I'll hurry up and get to the point now. What do you do with a dog who is a chronic pooper? We will be having a baby soon and I CANNOT have a poopy house with a baby around. Even with all the cleaning I do, I hate walking around in my bare feet. Diapers won't work for him. At least not well. (And he doesn't need a tinkle diaper. ) He is a big boy and he poops about a pound or two of poo 3-4 times a day. And as he has aged it no longer solid in consistancy. It's harder to get HIM clean after a poo than it is to steam the carpet out. And because of the sheer quanity of waste the diapers can't hold it all. We tried pampers size 6. The largest. And it of course runs down to his penis area and I'm afraid he will get a UTI from the contamination. He also poops in his sleep sometimes and gets very upset about that, because he invariabley end up sleeping in it. We are all at our wits end. Do you have any alternate suggestions to diapers. I found the "super-catcher" and that seems to be exactly what our boy needs. http://www.fellowlike.com.tw/en/?d=product7
But they do not sell it yet. I'm going to try and make my own version of it, using a converted harness, a D-ring for under the tail, and the flushable poo-bags... but I have my doubts... It has to be comfortable enough for him to wear most all of the day. Please, if anyone has any suggestions, I really want to hear them. Thank you so much! Sarah, George, & old man Isaac.