If you are a parent of a dog or cat, you are probably going to come across a situation in life when you have to bandage your pet. Pets are so agile and curious that they get themselves injured some or the other time and before taking them to your vet, it becomes necessary to apply a bandage at home.
Therefore, it’s essential for you to know how to bandage your dog. Also your duty doesn’t end with applying the bandage. You also have to be on a watch on whether the bandage is working properly and more importantly it’s in place. Here are some tips.
When your dog gets any sort of wound, such as a small cut or stitches or a painful granuloma, it becomes important to keep the site clean, free from infection and covered with a bandage.
However, there is much of a difference between bandaging a dog’s wound and that of a person. Even though his wound is a small one, it’s not enough to place an adhesive bandage over it and expect that the wound will be healed.
Because dogs are furry, an adhesive bandage won’t stick properly to the injured spot so as to prevent it from getting wet or exposed to pathogens. Even though you shave the skin around the wound, a regular adhesive bandage won’t be enough, as it will most probably fall off, just within a few seconds of application.
Tips on How to Prevent Bandages on Dogs from Falling Off
Using Proper Bandage Supplies
According to licensed Pymble vet – Gordon Vet Hospital, an experts providing veterinary care, the first measure you can take to keep bandages on your dog is to use the correct type of materials to cover the wound.
Bandaging a dog needs using gauze strips, a flat, non-stick pad having absorbent properties, an adhesive tape and a roll of elastic bandage material called ‘vet wrap’. You can get these in any pet supply store or your vet’s clinic or drug stores.
Applying the Bandage Properly
First clean the wound thoroughly. Apply a disinfecting medication prescribed by your vet. Now place the non-stick absorbent pad on the wound. Now wrap the area with gauze strips in a few layers, making certain that it is firmly applied and it is neither too tight nor too loose.
Now use the adhesive tape overlapping the gauze material so that it won’t stick to his fur. Do the same course of actions again with the elastic bandage ensuring that it isn’t too tight or too loose.
If the gauze or elastic bandage is too tight, it can give rise to circulation problems, itching and discomfort, leading your dog to quickly trying to chew or tear the bandage off. If it’s too loose, it will fall off. A simple trick to check if the bandage has been applied with proper tension is to see if you can just barely fit tips of your two fingers under each layer of the bandage.
Keeping the Bandage in Place
This is a quite challenging task, even if you apply it properly. It’s also not practical to expect the bandage to stay on the dog for long. When there is an injury to your dog, you have to be prepared for cleaning the site and reapply a protective bandage regularly.You also have tocontact West Lindfield vet like Gordon Vet Hospital to get an advice.
Following are a few tips for you to ensure that the bandage stays on for the longest period possible.
- Ensure the wound area is completely dry before applying bandage materials.
- Don’t allow your dog out while he is wearing a bandage.
- Cover the bandaged area with a plastic bag to keep it dry when it’s necessary to take him out.
- Consider putting an Elizabethan collar on your dog to stop him from chewing the bandage off. However, consult your vet about this.