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3/9/11 4:00 P

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Hi Becky, it's good to see you here. I have to admit I'm frustrated. Lately Sasha has been peeing on the floor next to the pee pads if they're wet. I have to be really quick to clean up after her. She also has other accidents which I think are due to her age and health. Are doggies diapers next? I can't imagine that scene but if things get worse we'll look into that. Now that the weather is getting warmer she can go outside with one of us but her main place to "go" is still the powder room with its vinyl floor.

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3/9/11 2:12 P

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UGH, I feel your pain, my male dog is really good about going outside but my girls, not so much, Leni will go when we take a walk but can't usually wait for walks and Bella is to much of a princess to go outside. Pee Pee Pad for us. I keep 2 upstairs and 1 downs stairs. I have tile downstairs and find that if the Pee Pee pad is to dirty they will just go next to it, I change it on a daily basis but sometimes I guess they just decide it's not clean enough. I have to mop my floor in that room on a daily basis when I get home from work and I feel like my house always smells. My upstairs is carpet and that is going to come out and be replaced with some vinyl that I found thats looks pretty close to wook as soon as I can afford it.



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3/9/11 10:07 A

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FRENCHPRINCESSE, I'm so sorry but I just saw your reply to my post. Welcome to the team. Thank you very much for the advice about litter. It didn't work out for my dogs, but we kept the trays and fill them up with the puppy pads and newspapers and paper towels. Fortunately the floor in the powder room is vinyl because it's not easy keeping up after two dogs. I change the paper constantly and have to wash the floor in there almost daily. But that's a small price to pay compared to taking them out in bitter cold weather and snow, or early in the morning

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2/15/11 5:47 P

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My little Chihuahua has been using cat litter since the beginning. I've hears that some dogs can find it hard to adapt. I don't cover the litter with anything.
The only recomendation the vet gives is to get non-clumping litter first. If your dog wants to eat it, it's not dangerous. If they're not eating it (which is the case with almost all dogs), then get the clumping one. It's easier to pick up the pee with a small plastic shovel.

Maybe your Chi would like it better without the towels? Could remind them of being outside on gravel...? Maybe she wonders what's under.

My recomendation to get her used to it: put her in the tray and reward her with lots of affection and happiness (like it's the happiest day of the year). This is how I train my dog to get used to new things. I know how fearful Chihuahuas can get and hope she warms up to her new potty soon!!!

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1/22/11 10:31 A

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Regarding the litter trays - I don't understand why, but Serena has developed a phobia, even after using them while I was with her. The trays are lined with either litter or newspaper and covered with paper towels. This a.m. I woke up to a mess - she had a bowel movement on the carpet right outside the powder room door and also messed up the vinyl floor inside the powder room. I can't understand why she thinks this is so different from what she's used to. I'm sure she'll overcome this but I hope it won't take too long.

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1/21/11 9:29 A

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I don't know for sure, but I don't see why the litter shouldn't be ok. Seems like a good idea to me. You could call your vet and ask. They should know if there was any reason not to. There is also a "fake grass" type potty pad/pan. Not sure what to call it- I used to have a link but that computer crashed. I've always thought that was what I would do if I lived in an apt. The top is fake grass and they piddle and it goew through into a pan of some sort that you empty. A cheap way, once bought, you are done. There were 2 brands, one much cheaper than the "advertised" one.
I don't think this is what you're looking for but yes, there are "belly bands" for males (my Pip has to wear them as he was marking the house.) A perfect answer. I made "diapers" to put in them and lined each one with a patch of vinyl tablecloth material so I don't have to constantly wash them. I bought several at $6 (search "belly bands). There were others alot more expensive on amazone, etc. They also had the "girly" version for $15 which I did buy one of. It has alot more to it. I've since made more for my Pip. No real need to buy them, very simple to sew if you have a machine. I used a strip of cotton material for the outside, a strip of the real soft "blanket" type for the inside, a small square of vinyl inside on top. Then I used the "shamwow" type material (don't know what it's called-it's super absorbant) and cut it into strips, folded into 3 layers and sewed to keep them layered. It works like a charm!!! I am going to try and see if I can sew another girlie one. Purchasing the material is so cheap, you just need a 4-5" strip of each, which would make at least 2 bands. Costs like 50-60 cents (or less if you can find cheaper material- I bought 3 strips yesterday for 84 cents/tax included!)
I'm going to repost this on the main chat area just in case anyone else would need something like this...
Hope your babies keep improving.

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1/21/11 8:46 A

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Glad to hear Sasha is doing better. Sorry to hear Serena is having a hard time of things. Give them both kisses from Punky and I please.

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Sorry, Marilyn, to hear the babies are still so uncomfortable, but you are doing such a wonderful job taking care of them! You're a terrific mom.

FYI, in case I was not clear, I do believe I have seen female versions of the doggie diaper as well. Good luck with the potty problem!

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Hi All, the pads didn't keep the moisture off the floor - which wasn't too drastic because their potty is in the powder room with a vinyl floor. It was just annoying to constantly have to change the pads, newspaper and paper towels and still have to wash the floor all the time. I think the trays will be a big help but we're still experimenting. Healthwise, Sasha is doing better as far as the seizures go. She used to have them almost daily but now they're rare. She still coughs and her "voice" has changed to a thinner sound. I'm afraid Serena is worse off because her collapsed trachea seems to be very severe. She coughs, gasps and wheezes sometimes when she eats, always when she tries to play. I saw the x-rays and apparently there isn't much to be done except to try to keep her calm most of the time. One day at a time is all we can deal with. In the meantime, we're still a happy little family, even if we're not perfect.

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No idea about the litter, but as Killer got older and more incontinent I used to use doggy diapers. Actually, in his case, "male guards." emoticon They are washable cloth with Velcro and I would just use human incontinence pads inside. A little bit of waste, but better than replacing your floors, to me. You can get them at Petsmart/Petco and even Amazon.

Oh, I also used to use the likes of Wee Wee Pads. Put a plastic bag or something underneath if the babies have bad aim.

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I use the Wee Wee Pads for Punky and they work out fine for me. Haven't ever tried the litter. How are the babies feeling?

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Hi Everybody,

Hope all is well. Kris, I especially hope you're feeling better and stronger.

Does anybody use cat litter for the dog's potty? Having 2 dogs on diuretics was creating quite a mess in the powder room. Our set up was to put down two pee pads, cover them with newspaper and then a layer of paper towels. We changed the paper all day long but urine still seeped to the floor when they went too close to the edge. Today we put down a large tray with sides of about an inch - filled it with clumping cat litter and covered it all with paper towels. So far Sasha has no problem with it but Serena seems a little scared. Just wondering if this is a good, safe set up.


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