Now I KNOW dogs get old. I KNOW they get incontinent. As long as they are healthy otherwise and active, I would never put them down for that. This said, I would like some suggestions on keeping the mess to a minimum and other various old dog tips. I think I have done pretty well, but maybe someone else has been in a similiar situation and has a better ideas. I dont claim to know everything for sure!! Anyway. One of our dogs is a VERY old male Westie and the other old dog is a female Cocker Spaniel. I take them out at least eight times a day and make sure they "go". First time 5 am, last time no earlier than 10 pm. I feel more than half my life is spent doing this. Of course "I" was the one that took on the responsibility so take the bad with the good, right? I use belly bands and diapers when I am not taking them outside. However, with the Westie, there are still "pee" accidents in the belly bands and the old female doesnt have much control over her bowels. When she has to go, she has to GO,lol. I think part of it is that she was a breeding dog until the age of 9 when I got her. I imagine much like any one of us when we get real old. These dogs have been to the vet and his only suggestion is to keep giving them the quality of life I have been since there is not much else can be done. And no, I dont expect miracles. I am just lucky to have had them in my life as long as I have so far. I would be happy to have all of our dogs that long.