How To Care For Your Pet’s Bandages?

April 4, 2019 Learning Center

Your pet has been discharged with a bandage and you will have been given instructions as to when you should return to us to have the dressing checked. Even though every effort has been made to ensure the bandage is comfortable and will not cause any problems, complications with dressings will sometimes occur.

The below steps gives you guidance on how to care for the bandage, and what signs to look out for if complications do arise.

1. Keep it dry
It is extremely important the bandage is kept dry. A wet bandage can cause infection and rubs on the underlying skin, which will delay healing and cause discomfort. Bandages should always have a waterproof cover when outside such as a double plastic bag, and wet areas avoided. The waterproof cover should be removed when the pet is indoors to allow air to the bandage.

2. Prevent chewing
Your pet should be prevented from chewing the bandage. Some pets will require a buster collar for this. However irritation with the dressing, particularly over the foot area, can be a sign of complications.

3. Rest your pet
Rest your pet to minimize the movement at the dressing site. Otherwise, it will be prone to slippage and skin rubs.

4. Check for slippage
Bandages can slip down or move. This can especially be a problem with leg bandages, leading to skin rubs and abrasions.

5. Check for swelling
If the toes are showing check they are not swollen, painful, cold or discoloured. Also check the limb above the dressing.

6. Check for smell or discharge
This could indicate serious skin problems or infection beneath the dressing. Also if the bandage becomes wet or dirty it will start to smell.

7. Monitor your pets demanour
If your pet becomes lethargic, painful, loses its appetite or generally is miserable, this could indicate a problem with the bandage.

Check the bandage at least twice daily and if you notice any of the above problems please contact as soon as possible. Always return to the surgery for a check up as advised by the veterinary surgeon for precaution and ease of mind.

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