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My dog Leila has DM. We've been using the Walkin' Wheels and Walkin' Wheels Rear Harness successfully but i can't get the urine smell out of the harness and other things Leila sleeps on. Any tips? I wash the harness every day but the smell never goes away.
We put vinegar in the wash (put it where the bleach goes). This seems to help. There are lots of products in the pet store for getting out pee smell in carpet. We haven't tried putting those in the washing machine, but I'll bet that would help too. The vinegar seems to work for us for bedding. Those walker pads seem to be the hardest for some reason. I've struggled with those too. Our dog doesn't use her walker every day, so that helps our situation. Maybe you could get more than one set and wash and soak them or wash them several times between uses.
thanks. another person on this list suggested the Nature's Miracle product. I just tried the "urine destroyer" it yesterday and it worked very well. I like the idea of getting 2 of the harnesses too.
How does your dog do on the Walkin' Wheels? My dog and I are getting used to it. She really seems to enjoy being able to go where she wants and sniff all the smells and she pees so much more that way than when i'm holding her.
thanks again for the tip!
Good to hear you found something that's working. I seem to try something new every time I'm in the store. I'll have to check out Nature's Miracle. We don't have any carpet, but we use spray cleaners to clean our vinyl floor -- which works great for letting her crawl with her front legs when she's in the house.
We don't have walkin' wheels, but something similar that was designed by a friend. She loved it at first, but she gained a little weight from inactivity, I think it made it more painful to be strapped in, so she stopped wanting to use it as much. She's a big dog, so if you have a small one this might be less of an issue. I'm hoping that once she loses the extra weight she will want to get in it again. You have to be careful with feeding because even though they have the wheels, through the course of the day they get less exercise, so it's hard to judge calorie needs. Bubby is slimming down now that I've reduced her food and switched her to all dry. (Also important for easy poop clean up.)
I agree. My Leila is a little overweight at 90 pounds so I too am working on shedding some weight. with the Walkin' Wheels we started slow and increased the amount she walks a bit every day. Now we walk for a good 15-20 minutes a day. She likes being able to sniff and check out where the other dogs have been.
About the smell, I was trying to get the smell out of the rear harness and the things she sleeps on. the Nature's Miracle works great. and her poop has been easy to clean up so far too
I know. I just got carried away talking about it.
How do you keep urine off the floors? Do you use diapers? If so, I'd love to hear how you manage that with a big dog.
I know. So important for dogs. I wish Bubby could pee in the cart. Does Walkin' Wheels allow them to squat? How does that work?
my dog is not yet completely incontinent. she is able to hold her urine and let's me know when she has to go out. occasionally she pees in her bed or drips a bit but so far not a big problem. I have tried various diapers and so far none work well because she is so big and they slide off.
She does pee in the Walkin' Wheels. she cannot squat but the pee comes skirting out and she shakes her legs even though they are "tied" up in the harness. Maybe its different with males?
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