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My Marley just recently became paralyzed in his rear. He's a miniature dacshund, 5 yrs old. Im waiting for his wheelchair to come in.
For right now he is on prednisone and Ive read the the urinate more often while on this. He is on strict crate rest. I've tried the diapers and wasn't impressed with them and am currently using potty training pads in his crate for when I'm not home ( me and my fiance both work full time and go to school). I express his bladder often and clean/dry him at least 7 times a day. I noticed last night that he was starting to develop a diaper rash/ sores on his butt and his hind legs. Today it looks worse.
Are there better ways to care for him? Will it get better when he is able to move around in his wheelchair?
Should I be using baby powder and/or diaper rash creams?
Any and all suggestions would be helpful.
I would say yes to diaper rash cream. If he has a lot of fur shave it down where the rash is appearing, then at least daily rinse him off and put the cream on. I actually would try belly bands again, though, at least for night, a poise pad in a belly band keeps urine off the skin. It is much easier to prevent sores than to get them to heal.
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i would use people products vs puppy pads. they are designed for what you need. there are washable and disposal bed pads for people. i would try a poise or even adult diaper wrapped around torso. when i had a 'downer dog' i purchased $1 scarf to tie diaper or pad around torso. this may help with the nighttime for you. can't remember the skin protectant i loved. smith and nephews is the manufacturer.i believe the product was a skin protectant possibly made for human infants. i was able to have a local pharmacy order it off their order list.they looked under manufacturer and was easily able to obtain it for me. diaper rash creams with zinc oxide are a 'no-no' for cats -not sure if ok for dogs, i think so. they metabolize differently. Also, since you have a small dog, you may be able to use a baby onesie to hold a diaper in place.
Prednisone does make a dog pee more and can also affect thier ability to control the urine. i think this important because we tend to judge that in a factor of quality of life - ability to control; and prednisone can make a HUGE difference. once pred is outof the system, he may be able to control it much more. i imagine wheelchairs are much different than when i used one. i assume they are still for intermittent use - dog cannot be left in constantly. i assume it is still the same that some take to it like a fish in water and some take adjustment and time. hoping things are looking better soon!!
Glad you found us. Check the cream you are using right now to make sure that it dos not have zinc and/or your dog cannot lick that.
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My cat, Darwin, gets diaper rashes often. Our vet says the best I can do is bathe him daily or every 2 days to clean the area and use baby wipes in between baths. Also, I found a great diaper creme by Burt's Bees that is natural and seems to help a lot.
Darwin wears a diaper all the time and had been slipping out of it. I have reusable diapers since the disposables get too pricey. I cut a little slit near the edge of the top on his back and feed a little tie through it to attach to the harness he wears all the time. This works wonders.
Our cat Molly had nasty sores as a result of the urine burn and too much licking. We shaved her and then each time I expressed her I applied Weleda Calendula Nappy Rash cream http://usa.weleda.com/our-products/shop ... -care.aspx
Our vet recommended it to us as it was safe for animals to use and Molly licked it off alot without any issues. It worked wonders as she stopped licking so much and the sores healed up.
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