Cuts & Bandaging - VetPet Box

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Cuts & Bandaging
In the event that you must apply a bandage to your pet, know that it can be tricky and that you must use the proper materials appropriately. There is both a skill and an art to proper bandaging technique!
  • Things to keep in mind:
    • Some bandages need to be changed daily
    • Most pets require an e-collar to prevent removing the bandage
    • A wet bandage is a serious problem
      • It can constrict, causing the area to lose blood flow
        • Always check the area below the bandage (usually the toes) for swelling, which could indicate that the bandage is too tight. Immediately remove the bandage if you are suspicious of swelling.
      • It can cause and trap infection
      • If the bandage is in an area that can become wet when a pet walks, you can BRIEFLY put a plastic grocery bag over the bandage while the pet goes out to potty in order to protect the bandage
    • Never bandage the neck or head
    • All wounds should be evaluated by a veterinarian to determine whether antibiotics, pain medication, sutures and other treatments are indicated.  Also, keep in mind that not all wounds need bandaging. Some may require staying open to dry out and heal. This is one of the MANY reasons your veterinarian needs to evaluate your pet!
    • Click here to see a demonstration of proper light bandage placement and as a guide for use of the VetPet Box Bandage Kit