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Saanich will now be commencing new by-law  that will require “Doggy Diapers” at all off-leash dog parks starting April 18th, 2019.

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The risk from canine feces can be more than just a mess on your shoes. Dogs can harbor a lot of viruses, bacteria and parasites — including harmful pathogens like e-coli, giardia and salmonella. (A single gram contains an estimated 23 million bacteria.) Studies have traced 20 to 30 percent of the bacteria in public drinking bowls and dog waste. Just two to three days of waste from 100 dogs can contribute enough bacteria, nitrogen and phosphorous to close 20 miles of a bay-watershed to swimming and shellfishing.

It also can get into the air we breathe: a recent study of air samples in Cleveland, Ohio, and Detroit, Mich., found that 10 to 50 percent of the bacteria came from dog poop

There’s been 27 cases from the CRD alone from 2016-2018 of dog owners reporting their canine has contracted some sort of virus and have all led back to dog waste. Another study has come out and revealed only 60% of Canadians

Everything you need to know about Doggy Diapers:

  • Urinary Incontinence in Dogs
    Actual urinary incontinence is not a behavioral issue. It may be caused by a urinary tract infection, bladder problems, a weakened urinary sphincter muscle, and conditions like bacterial infections or diabetes. Even the most well trained dog can suffer from this and be unable to control the urge to urinate. If you suspect that your dog’s accidents are not behavior-related, the first step is to consult your vet. There are drugs and surgeries that can sometimes treat the condition. However, if incontinence can’t be controlled in other ways, dog diapers will become part of your daily life.
  • Elderly dogs, even those that have never had accidents in the house, may lose control of some bodily functions, like urination and defecation. In some cases, the dog just forgets what he’s learned. Dogs older than 11 may suffer from something similar to Alzheimer’s disease in humans, called canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD). While there are drugs available to treat this, you may find you’ll still need to use dog diapers.
  • Dog Diapers for Female Dogs in Heat
    A diaper will keep your house and furnishings cleaner and also prevent the constant licking that many female dogs are prone to while in heat. Dog diapers are not, however, a viable form of canine contraception; a male dog will easily find a way around the diaper.
  • Using Dog Diapers for Training
    Some owners feel that a doggie diaper is a useful house-training tool. But, let’s face it, that’s more about concern for the furniture and rugs in your house than for the dog. Even if you choose this method, your dog should be taken outside regularly, without a diaper, to learn where he’s really supposed to go.


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