How to Care for Your Pet's Bandages

If your pet has bandages as a result of treatment at the vet's, it's important to know how to keep the bandages in best shape until they can be removed.

Steps

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    Follow your vet's instructions above all. The instructions provided here are in addition, not in place of, your vet's own advice. Your vet will advise you when to return for check-ups and any other actions required.
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    If you're responsible for changing the bandage, check that the replacement bandage is not too tight. There should always be enough room for one finger to slip between the bandage and the animal's leg or body. If you're not able to slip a finger in, then the bandage is too tight and you'll need to put it on more loosely.
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    Keep the bandage dry. Depending on the pet, this may mean confining the pet indoors or to a particular place. Don't let your pet outside if it's raining or muddy.
    • If the pet goes outside for toileting, cover the bandage in a plastic bag, such as used bread bags.
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    If you notice a nasty odor emanating from the bandage, it needs to be checked. It may be that the bandage itself is wet or damp. Or, it may mean that the wound or stitches need to be checked by the vet.
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    Stop your pet from chewing, biting or pulling at the bandage. If your pet doesn't stop, then consider using an Elizabethan collar to deter the pulling at it.

Tips

  • Check for pain, heat/cold or swelling under the bandage.
  • Watch for slippage. Either replace it yourself if you notice this or call the vet for advice.

Warnings

  • Unchecked bandages can be dangerous for your pet. Complications such as bacterial infection, lesions, skin wounds and blood poisoning can occur if the wound or stitches are left unchecked.
  • If your pet seems unhappy, irritable, sickly or is showing signs of distress, contact your vet immediately.

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Categories: Pets and Animals