Garments to protect skin, protect from UTIs


Four DIY Garments to protect

Garments for paralyzed dogs can prevent bacteria from entering the bladder to avoid UTIs.  Shield a scooting dog’s skin from butt or leg rug burns.

  • ▼ 1) Charlie Bear’s no-sew scoot shirt for small breeds
▼ 1) Charlie Bear’s no-sew scoot shirt for small breeds

Got scissors?  Got L-XL thrift shop long sleeve t-shirt? It is that easy!

Download this PDF to see the 5 steps illustrated in photos:    Charlie-Bear-Scoot-Shirt

  • ▼ 2) Tandy’s no-sew butt protection
▼ 2) Tandy’s no-sew butt protection

Butt protection– easy, no sew!

by Jill

Tandy had been dragging her rear and getting UTIs and skin chaffing.

She kept pulling off the doggie diapers, and they really didn’t last more than 5 minutes.

Tandy is 12 pounds and I used size 6 little girls’ underwear.The size need not be exact as the fit is forgiving.

Put rear legs through underwear pants leg holes.

Pull the outer sides of the leg hole up and gather above the base of the tail.


Secure gathers with a hair elastic.
The underwear is staying up very well, and she seems to be much more comfortable. It does not help with incontinence, but it does protect her rear and keep her comfortable. Hope this helps!

  • ▼ 3) Ollie’s cape for seal-like scooters
▼ 3) Ollie’s cape for seal-like scooters

The Ollie cape PDF provides easy instructions for attaching via fabric glue, very easy straight line sewing or hiring a sewist to make and attach to an existing harness:    Ollie-Cape-scooter

  • ▼ 4) Clark’s BumPad for frog-like scooters
▼ 4) Clark’s BumPad for frog-like scooters

The BumPad pattern is for a 17 lbs dachshund with 14″ low-rise waist, 3″ inside thigh to thigh.

Directions explain how to adjust to fit your dog.

Because this is a wrap garment, it is not critical to be totally exact in reproducing the red pattern outline as there is great flexibility in fit with the overlapping tabs.


Approx 1.5 hours from cutting to finished project (does not include time to adjust pattern)


• 1/2  yard of soft, synthetic fabric that will take the wear & tear of scooting and be as friction free as possible. Suggested: a medium weight rip stop nylon, flag cloth
• 2 pieces of 8″ x 8″ lofty synthetic fleece to use as a cushion.
• Thread, baby diaper safety pin

If your dog has the same issues, this pattern solves them:

  • My dog was getting burns on his rear end from scooting on the floor and area rugs.
  • Horrified at the sound of his boney butt bumping on the floor as he scooted with speed.
  • Baby diapers just didn’t fit right and slid off.
  • Bad idea of a dog sitting in poop-laden diapers.
  • With this BumPad I can express for urine or poop without need to  remove the garment.

Download PDF with illustrated directions and a pattern    BumPad-directions-pattern   If you do not sew, consider getting a recommendation from you local fabric shop for a sewist for hire.

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