BANDAGE CARE AT HOME
Bandages are currently used in veterinary medicine for a number of reasons. They both protect wounds from the external environment and can promote healing of the underlying wound. They can also be used to provide support for an injury.
However, bandages can occasionally cause problems. Below is some advice on how you can minimise the risk of bandage problems occurring at home.
• Keep the bandage dry. If it becomes wet, it can start to constrict and affect the blood supply. Also, the skin underneath the bandage can become necrotic if it remains wet.
• If your pet has a bandage on its foot and goes outside, you will need to put a waterproof covering on top of the bandage to protect it. Do not use an elastic band to keep the cover in place although it is safe to use elastoplast. It is important that the waterproof covering is removed once your pet is back indoors to prevent the underlying skin becoming “sweaty”.
• Please keep the bandage clean.
• Please make sure that your pet does not chew the bandage. This may mean using an Elizabethan style collar.
• If your pets’ toes are visible, check them daily to make sure that they are not cold, swollen or painful.
• If your pet appears to be in discomfort with the bandage, please let us know as soon as possible.
• If the bandage slips, please let us know as soon as possible.
PLEASE CONTACT THE SURGERY IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS