I’m Petsitting for my brother this week, and his pug who I am convinced was never actually fully housebroken to begin with, has developed incontinence. He can hold his urine, but he doesn’t seem to even notice when he’s pooping and there doesn’t seem to be any warning g that he’s about to do it. He’s just shuffling along and poop starts falling out of him.
As a result, he’s confined to the kitchen area, which is not carpeted, especially because they’re in a rental at the moment. The family does not spend a ton of time in the kitchen, though, and Puggleston is lonely. I’ve been hanging out on the patio or at the breakfast counter with him, and he is just happy to sleep at my feet.
I want to suggest diapers, so that he can at least hang out with them when they’re home. He could be diaperless and confined to the kitchen when they’re gone. But I’m not sure they’d be good for poop. Would it just squish up against him and soil his rear end, so they’d have to wash him regularly (which he is not a fan of)? It is very well formed and solid, but there’s a lot of it for so little a dog.
The other issue is stairs. There are stairs everywhere and he can’t go down them anymore. He mostly knows to stop at the top, but he’s blind, deaf, and wobbly, so one false step and tumbling down he goes. I suggested a ramp for the short flights of 2-4 steps and baby gate for the big ones. Do you think a blind, deaf, wobbly 16 yo pug could learn to find the ramps?