Questions about dog diapers for incontinence

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1. What is the difference between piccobello dog diapers and customary dog diapers?

Our dog diapers are made for the dog´s needs. That´s why we avoid

  • stiff and rubbing materials
  • distracting plastic, metal buckles or snaps
  • constricting cuffs or rigid bands
  • Velcro fasteners

Piccobello diapers are breathable and aerated to ensure a healthy climate. We avoid plastic layer that makes the diapers waterproof, but prevents at the same time the exchange of air and humidity and creates an unhealthy climate with developement of bacteria.

These negative factors may cause

  • overheating of the genitals
  • infections of the bladder or the ureter
  • fungal infections or eczema
  • allergies / allergic reactions

2. Why are there different types of piccobello diapers for males and females?

Differences in anatomy require different types of dog diapers for males and females:

Males' genitals are located at the bottom of the belly. Due to its special cut the piccobello diaper for males adapts to the cone-shaped dog's body and prevents the genitals from being pressed to the belly. The piccobello diaper is placed around the belly and bound on the dog's back.

Females' genitals are located below the tail and the anus. The piccobello diaper for females covers the genitals but not the anus. It is maintained in its position by a system of traction and counter-traction and is bound at the side or below the belly.

3. What size of piccobello dog diapers does my dog need?

You determine the right size of the piccobello dog diaper by the weight, abdominal circumference and breed of your dog.

Diaper Dog´s weight Waist circumference
Small diaper for male dogs 7kg - 25kg (15-55lbs) up to 50cm (20in)
Large diaper for male dogs 25kg - 60kg (55-132lbs) 50cm - 90cm (20in - 35in)
Small diaper for female dogs 7kg - 20kg (15-44lbs) up to 50cm (20in)
Large diaper for female dogs 20kg - 45kg (44-99lbs) 50cm - 70cm (20in - 27in)

If your dog is in between two sizes and you can't find a comparable picture in our gallery please proceed as follows:

  • For males the torso length is essential: If your dogs's torso is short relative to his weight (i.e. height to length result in a rather squared shape) you choose the smaller size. Hence the diaper doesn't jut out of the torso. For a dog with a rather long torso choose the larger size.
  • For females the size of her pelvis is important: If your dog's pelvis is rather narrow relative to her weight you can take the smaller size. If the pelvis is rather wide the larger size is appropriate. If you're not sure just order both sizes and send us back the one that doesn't fit or change it for the right size.

For smaller or lighter dogs as well as for larger or heavier dogs we manufacture to the measurement without extra-charge.

4. How to wash piccobello dog diapers and washable sanitary pads?

Wash piccobello diapers in the washing machine at 60°C (Hot Cycle). You may also wash them by hand but from time to time you should machine wash them at 60°C (Hot Cycle).
After washing get the diapers back into shape.
You can either dry them in a tumble-dryer or airdry.

Do not use softeners! This will reduce the absorption.

5. Are there additional sanitary diaper pads?

Our sanitary diaper pads are specially made for the piccobello dog diapers and they fit perfectly in the pouch inside the diaper. The material we use is of high quality and is also applied for human usage.

You can choose among four different types of sanitary pads:

  • The superdry-pad is the most absorbent one. It contains a superabsorbent powder which is converted into a gel when it comes in contact with fluids. Being very thin the pad is nevertheless ultra absorbent. It swells with use and its surface remains comfortably dry.
    This pad is for single use.
    The superdry-pad is especially eligible for very strong incontinence and sensitive dogs.

  • The comfort-pad with anti-leak-barrier also contains superabsorbent powder which is converted into a gel when it comes in contact with fluids. The anti-leak barrier prevents penetration in case of huge sudden urine loss. When necessary, the pad can be fixed with its adhesive tape directly on the diaper's pouch.
    The comfort-pad is for single use.
    The comfort-pad is eligible for strong incontinence and sensitive dogs.

  • The washable pad consists of a washable absorbent fleece wrapped into viscose jersey. Like the diaper itself it's machine-washable at 60°C (140F). The pad is re-usable and durable.
    Choose the washable pads if want to avoid recurring costs.

  • The cellulose-fleece inlay is made of many layers of cellulose that absorbs the urine. It's all-purpose, for individual cut and can be used in one layer, two or even more layers.
    Choose the cellulose-fleece inlay if you're looking for a simple and cheap solution.

You can insert the sanitary diaper pad into the pouch inside the piccobello diaper. Please insert the pad at the red edge of the diaper forming a pocket and fix the pad here by using the provided tuck-in. Thus the pad doesn't go out of place when applying and removing the diaper or during its use.
Alternatively, you can place the sanitary pad directly onto the diaper.

6. How much liquids do piccobello diapers and sanitary pads absorb?

We determine the absorbing capacity of the diapers and the sanitary pads by pouring liquids within a short period of time onto the object. Its absorbing capacity is fully reached when the liquid leaks to the outside. This way of testing approximates everyday conditions most closely.

Small pad Large pad
piccobello dog diaper 40 ml 50 ml
Superdry-pad 150 ml 260 ml
Comfort-pad 90 ml 135 ml
Washable pad 40 ml 50 ml
Cellulose-fleece inlay 30 ml 40 ml

An individual combination of diapers and sanitary diaper pads allows you to adapt the system to your dog's needs.

7. How to order custom-made diapers?

Just order the standard size and note "special size XS or XXL" together with your dog's weight, abdominal circumference and breed into the message field at the 2nd step of ordering.
We manufacture to the measurement you give without extra-charge within 7 days. You keep your full right of return.
Find more informations about custom-made diapers here : Ordering special sizes

8. How can I accustom my dog to the piccobello dog diapers?

Piccobello dog diapers are soft and supple and are therefore generally accepted by every dog.
To make sure that your dog also accepts them you proceed like this:

  1. Show the diaper to your dog. Praise him when he sniffs at the diaper or when he shows interest.
  2. Apply the diaper calmly and give him a treat. Praise him if he wears the diaper but not if he nibbles or licks it.
  3. If he reacts with nervousness or turns towards the diaper draw his attention to yourself, play one of his favorite games with him or go for little walk (outdoors) to make him forget his irritation.
  4. Remove the diaper after a short period of time.
  5. Repeat this procedure after some time and extend the time of wearing. By providing your dog distractions you can extend the length of wearing the diaper until the piccobello diaper has become normal to your dog.

9. Is the piccobello diaper adequate for fecal incontinence?

No the piccobello diaper has been designed especially for urinary incontinence. Neither the diaper for males nor for females cover the anus and can therefore not retain excrement.
For fecal incontinence use piccobello dog incontinence pads.

10. Can I return the piccobello diapers or exchange them for another product?

Yes, you can exchange or return new diapers within 14 days after the purchase. Place a sanitary pad from the free sample directly onto the diaper when trying it on. Please be aware that we dont take back or refund washed diapers or diapers with traces of use.