Dog bandaging is something you have to consider as part of having a pet. You never know when your furry loved one may be injured by another dog, a foreign object or any other number of ways. Just like first aid for people there is a definite possibility you may need it for your pet.
Let’s dive right in.
Dog Bandaging Knowledge and Techniques
Having a dog is a big responsibility. Some even compare taking care of a dog to that of a baby. The only advantage of having dogs compared to having babies is that they won’t grow older and turn into stressful teenagers.
Because dogs are like babies they sometimes also end up in harmful situations. They will sometimes get themselves trapped in a tight place or get hit by something that will injure one of their limbs.
Learn How to approach Dog Bandaging
If your dog gets injured, we should learn how to bandage our dogs to prevent further damage. Here are some basic ways to approach dog bandaging your injured dog.
1. Clean and Dry
When your pet has a bandage, it should always be clean and dry. So it’s pretty important to make sure your pet stays inside most of the time when it has a bandage.
To prevent the dog bandaging from getting wet when the pet goes to pee or poop, a trash bag or plastic covering should cover the bandaged leg. You can use empty bread bags if necessary. When your pet has wet or dirtied up the bandage, it will require changing.
Make sure to check the bandage twice a day to make sure it is still clean and dry. Check also for foul odors or discharge and if there is any, call your veterinarian immediately.
2. Dog Bandaging Still In Place
After bringing home your pet from the veterinarian make sure that the dog bandaging is still in place. Your pet might have been irritated by it and has chewed or tried to scratch it off. Look closely at the position and the location of the bandage when you do check.
Look at the toes of the pet, the dog bandaging might have slipped up making the toes stick out. Also look at the size, if the bandage has become loose. This should be taken into account when a dog has been bandaged in the abdomen or leg area.
This is because one end will be bigger than the other and eventually become narrower. When the bandage telescopes down the limb of the dog it may bunch up and abrade the limb. When that happens, the dog bandaging should be changed as well.
3. Not Too Tight
If the dog bandaging is up on the leg make sure it isn’t too tight. Observe how the toes appear at the bottom of the bandage at least twice a day. This is done to check for sweating, swelling, or pain.
Check for skin chaffing, redness, discharge or swelling before and after the dog bandaging has been applied.
4. Prevent Chewing of the Dog Bandaging
To prevent the pet from chewing the bandage because of the bothersome experience it gives, put on an Elizabethan collar or head cone. If you observe that the pet is chewing or scratching the bandage excessively, ask the vet if there might be a problem.
Back to the Vet for Dog Bandaging
These are the times when you should take your pet back to the veterinarian:
• Swelling above or below the bandage
• Chewing the bandage
• Bandage becomes wet
• Bleeding or discharge above, below or through
• Scheduled bandage changes
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