There may be times when your pet’s veterinarian decides your pet needs a pet bandage. These may be to protect a wound, prevent licking or scratching of an area or as part of a fracture stabilisation. Bandages can be placed on almost any part of the body, but are most commonly used on the limbs.
Pet bandages are usually made up of one or more layers of padding and a layer of adhesive material. Other components may include gauze, specific layers to protect wounds or a splint if a fracture is being stabilised. If there is an open wound, sterile gel or honey may be placed in the wound prior to bandaging.
If your pet comes home with a bandage, you will be required to check it daily. Things to check for include:
- Tightness- check the area above and below the bandage for swelling, which could indicate that the bandage is too tight.
- Position- note the position of the bandage when it is first placed and check it daily to ensure it has not slipped. This is important because if the bandage has moved, it may no longer be serving its purpose.
- Condition- keep the bandage clean and dry. Cover it with a plastic bag if the pet is allowed out in wet weather. It is advisable not to bathe your pet if he/she has a bandage unless otherwise instructed by your vet. Bandages may become wet if they come in contact with water, urine or other fluids, or if there is a wound that is discharging through the bandage. If the bandage becomes wet for any reason, it should be changed as soon as possible.
Finally, ensure you follow your vet’s instructions regarding the bandage. Ensure you take your pet in for regular check-ups or bandage changes, as a bandage that is left on for too long unchecked can cause problems ranging from pressure sores to compromised blood supply to the area.
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