Bandage Care

By Dexter Mercurio, D.V. M.

Your pet has had a recent procedure that requires a splint or bandage. Bandages are put on either to protect a wound or to stabilize a limb.

Bandage Care
Shakti on the way home from the clinic after a follow-up check-up by Doc Dexter. Her e-collar was already removed.  It is important to bring your dog on the scheduled appointment for a recheck. Never miss this appointment, specially for a bandage change. Also, never remove the e-collar unless the vet says so.
Your pet’s bandage needs to be cared for at home. The affected area is usually swollen when the bandage is applied and will have to be adjusted a few days after.

It is important to keep a close eye on your pet and his/her bandage.

What to do:

1. Keep the bandage dry.

2. Check the bandage for any foul smell.

3. Keep your pet on an e-collar (cone) to keep him/her from chewing his/her bandage.

4. Check your pet for any discomfort with the bandage.

5. Give the prescribed medications on time.

What to avoid:

1. Do not neglect the bandage.

2. Do not fail to give the prescribed medication.

3. Do not forget your pet’s appointment for a recheck.

4. Do not remove the e-collar.

5. Do let the bandage get wet.

If the bandage is wet, it needs to be replaced immediately.

If the bandage smells, it also needs to be replaced immediately.

If the pet is in pain, the pet needs to be seen by the vet immediately.

Bandage Care
An e-collar (cone) was put on Shakti, the fourth shih tzu from foreground, to stop her from licking parts of her body where betadine was applied due to hot spot. A dog  with a bandage needs an e-collar more to prevent the dog from licking the bandage which can cause an infection.
It is very important to schedule a  bandage change on the THIRD day from the application, then WEEKLY  thereafter.

About the Author: Dr. Dexter Mercurio, or Doc Dex to patients and owners of pets, is a graduate from the University of the Philippine and the head veterinarian of Vets in Practice in White Plains, Quezon City.

Topics: pet , bandage , guideline , Dexter Mercurio , Vets in Practice , wound
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