As a dog mom to several special needs pups I am a big believer in finding products that can make life a little easier.  This is a list of daily products we have found and use in caring for our SB pup. Most can be found online through Amazon and

Hygiene and Bathing
Keeping Buster clean is extremely important, not only for the obvious reasons, but also to avoid urinary tract infections and skin scalding from urine and bowl movements.
We do morning and evening baths and rinse again any time things have gotten a little messy.  Buster dribbles all the time so if we are outside naked, I will rinse him before diapering.  We have another dog with dermal hemangiosarcoma, so I am protective of their skin.

  • Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe Fragrance Free Dog & Cat Shampoo and Conditioner:  and
  • Douxo Chlorhexidine and Calm Shampoo:
  • Soggy Doggy shammys make drying super fast:
  • Calmoseptine Ointment:
  • Baby wipes; sensitive
  • Poo bags:
  • Gold Bond Cornstarch Plus Baby Powder
  • We’ve installed a dog shower area in our walk in shower.  This makes things much easier for bathing and clean up.  Installing a handheld shower head with a long enough extension to reach your pup and clean up the shower achieves the same idea. Most hand shower wands only have a 5 foot hose, but this hose is 8 feet long and easy to switch out.
  • Since we have walk in showers and the pups often need epsom paw soaks we use a pup pool that fits into the bottom of the shower.
    Jasonwell Foldable Dog Pet Bath Pool Collapsible Dog Pet Pool Bathing Tub Kiddie Pool for Dogs Cats and Kids:

  • As with all bulldogs keeping their skin folds clean is extremely important. We use Malacetic wipes for his eyes and ears:
  • I have tried many of the nose butters on the market for Buster; I have found that vaseline seems to work the best for his nose. Since its not his favorite thing, it helps that there is little odor.
  • Buster often will have sections on his back side that get rubbed by his diaper. I use coconut oil to keep his skin moisturized.

Changing Time Routine
Wake up and its outside for naked time!  We always strip him down outside first to air everything out and express his bladder.
Inside to change, head straight to the shower. 
Express his bladder making sure we have gotten everything out.  Then a booty wash and dry. 

Calmoseptine Ointment applied to his bottom and boy parts and then powder is sprinkled into his prepared diapered overall.
Overalls on and he is ready to go!

Diaper options
We first started out as we saw most others do: diapers + covers + suspenders.  Pampers size 7, since that is the largest diaper made, or Goodnight boys size large/xlarge  Another tip learned from Mickey and The Padded Bum Crew for males was to place a Poise pad along the waist band of the diaper to catch any urine that comes out.  Diaper covers over the diaper and clipped together with suspenders.

While exploring options to make things a little easier I came across GENIUS.  I noticed Southern California Bull Dog Rescue (Sumo), using them as well.  We are obsessed with their overalls, they are life savers and truly a product that makes life easy.  I line the overall with a Poise pad in the back and carry on another Poise pad to the front.  It catches and hold everything, with no leaks.  We use cloth ones during the day and the waterproof ones as his pajamas at night.  Barker Time is an outstanding company to communicate with and you can tell that helping special needs dogs is a passion for them. Plus, they do custom fabric… which I love!

We have also seen others using:

Happy Pantz:

DoodleBug Duds:

Dainty Diapers:

Gran's Critter Wear:

Dritz fashion fit clips: Suspender clips, you can these to keep the suspenders from slipping down, just attach to the suspenders a little below their neck and across their chest:

Incontinence pads
I have tried them all, and have found Poise pads rated at a 6 work best. My favorite is the Poise Overnight pad with Ultimate Absorbency and Extra Coverage: I buy them by the case!  We recently started using Depend Incontinence Guards for Men, Maximum Absorbency as another option.

Tip: make sure to check the sizing and consider the padding of the diaper or incontinent pads when ordering any diaper/overall/belly band from a vendor.  We actually order a little larger then Buster’s actual size to account for the additional girth of the padding.

Other Goodies

  • Smilism Diaper Bag Backpack: I love this bag!  When we are out and about this little bag keeps everything nice and organized with quick access.
  • Buster goes to therapy once a week and has a lot of gear for his swim class- a new favorite bag to accommodate his gear: Skip Hop Forma Travel Carry All Diaper Backpack with Insulated Bag;
  • I get travel sizes of our bath staples, Sassy Baby Disposable Diaper Sacks powder fresh poo bags:  and disposable pee pads for changing.
  • Dreft detergent for newborns and Dreft laundry stain remover, we are sensitive to his skin
  • Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail: We have found that unlike the other diaper pails on the market, this can actually accommodate the larger size diapers or Poise pads and the steel contains odors.
  • I like to use Waterproof Crib Sheet Toddler Sheet by Ely's & Co. no need for Crib Mattress Pad Cover or Crib Mattress Protector: the only all in one waterproof sheet i have been able to find:
  • Priva High Quality Ultra Waterproof Sheet and Mattress Protector: I love these, they come in various sizes, and unlike disposable ones that can bunch up and tear, these are reusable and comfy.   Easy-breezy and in the wash they go!
  • Benebones:, snuffle mats: Nina Ottosson games:  Must have for our active SB puppy and great for our other special needs pups too.

  • Lick mats there are also some that stick to the shower wall for distraction during bath time.
    Hyper Pet Lickimat Slow Feeder Dog Mat for Food and Treats (Fun Alternative to Slow Feeder Dog Bowls) [Boredom Buster Calming Companion for Dogs]

  • With Buster having a flat face, a traditional food bowl is challenging for him. We simply use the bottom of a neater feeder.
  • Ruffwear Coats: These are great, adjustable, warm and plenty of belly clearance for his dribbles.
  • For Buster's swim class we use: i play. Baby & Toddler Snap Reusable Absorbent Swim Diaper:  Barkertime has also come out with a line of swim diapers as well:

  • We love to rv road trip with our pups and having an sb pup on the road requires special packing. Having a washer and dryer system in our travel trailer made a huge difference being able to keep up with busters laundry needs.
    Portable Washing Machine, Spin Dryer-Compact Twin Tub Durable Design 9.9lbs Mini Washer to Wash All your Laundry for Apartments, Dorms, RV Camping Swim Suit Spinner Dryer, Blue:

  • Panda Portable Ventless Cloths Dryer Folding Drying Machine with Heater:

Surgery Staples

  • EliteField 2-Door Soft Pet Playpen, Exercise Pen, Multiple Sizes and Colors Available for Dogs, Cats and Other Pets;  with Buster having knee surgeries this has become the perfect "recovery hut" for him.  Super roomy for a bed and water bowl and lots of color and size options.  Crates can be hard to get him out of, this allows for multiple access points to help get him up and out. 
  • VTech VM343 Video Baby Monitor with Automatic Infrared Night Vision, Pan/Tilt/Zoom, Two-Way Audio & 1,000 feet of Range;  Has been a big help in keeping an eye on Buster as he recovers. Big screen, good range and the camera can tilt in multiple direction. 
  • hands down best harness for recovery of orthopedic surgeries or daily use.  Life saver for our senior rottie with wobblers.
  •  Suitical Recovery Suit for Dogs; we prefer this recovery option instead of a cone.  
  • Hip and Thigh Wound Protective Sleeve for Dogs: another cone alternative for leg surgeries.

Some of my favorite things are custom made items featuring the pups.  Etsy has a huge selection of amazing artisans and here are some of my favorite.

Professional photos one of the things I cherish the most.  There are many photographers that specialize in pet photos.  We use our photos to create our custom pup items.

Some of my favorite Etsy Toys

Naked time outside as much as possible.  It’s good to let his skin breath, and a great time to express his bladder (your veterinarian can show you how to do this, or there are helpful videos on YouTube).  We try to keep as little fecal material on his skin as possible since he defecates regularly.
As with anything, “a failure to plan is a plan for failure”. Buster is on a regimented daily feeding schedule that helps us know when he will use the bathroom, take a nap, or want to play. We have more control over his bodily output by timing the input!

Right away we learned the importance of getting Buster’s bowel movements to a solid, dry consistency so that cleanup is easier and we avoid skin scalding and “mud butt”. After determining there isn’t an underlying gastrointestinal issue with our local vet, we started trying different foods to see how he responded.
We quickly realized the importance of getting him enough fiber.  Our veterinarian recommended switching to Hill’s Science Diet W/D, which is a weight control product and fiber rich.  I was initially worried that the food might not contain the nutrients required  for a growing puppy since W/D is for weight control, but increasing his intake above the maintenance level seems to work just fine. The high fiber content of this food did the trick!  We’ve also successfully “firmed up” the stool of another one of our dogs by adding a teaspoon of low-sugar meta-mucil to each meal, so this could be an option if your pup has allergy issues that would prevent using W/D. While W/D increases the frequency of his bowel movements, keeping a schedule makes it manageable.  Anything to avoid the mud butt!

Buster’s Diet
Be sure to check with your veterinarian on what is appropriate for your SB dog:

  • Hills W/D
  • For UTI maintenance meds, this combo has been a lifesaver- since its prescription you must consult with your veternarian to see if this is an option for your SB pup and UTI situation. 
  • Dasuquin and Cetyl-m for joint support:
  • Since Buster eats high fiber food to keep his stool firm we add a scrambled egg to his meal for an added easily digestible protein.

There are tons of supplement options and food choices, so consult with your veterinarian to see what will work best for your SB dog. Find a combination that works, and stick with it. Consistent input leads to consistent output!