Bandage Information

  • Your pet has had a dressing applied today. Please be aware that this is clearly a foreign object to your pet and he/she may find this odd to start with. The strange sensation is likely to disappear very rapidly and we would expect that he/she will be able to use the affected limb comfortably and often without any lameness being observed very quickly, dependent, of course on the reason for the dressing.
  • If the dressing has been applied under a general anaesthetic or sedation it is likely to be more acceptable as your pet will have woken up with it on and it will probably feel reassuringly comfortable.
  • Professionally applied dressings include padding applied to avoid rubbing and discomfort to avoid pressure sores. It is very important that your pet’s normal exercise is restricted while the dressing is in place as exercise will obviously be detrimental to the original fit of the dressing.
  • It is extremely important that the dressing stays completely dry. We can supply a tough plastic bag to place over the dressing when your dog has to go outdoors for toileting. Cats with dressings must be kept indoors.
  • Sometimes a degree of slippage or movement of the dressing on the limb is inevitable and unavoidable. Should this happen, the dressing may become uncomfortable suddenly. Your pet will let you know by limping more than normal or by starting to bite at the dressing, whereas previously it had appeared not to bother him/her.
  • Do not ignore this behaviour.
  • It is vitally important that if you suspect the dressing is not fitting as it did when first placed, that it be removed as soon as possible.
  • It is ideal that we remove and replace the dressing to assess the reason for the discomfort.
  • Please ring our emergency service if this happens out of hours for advice.
  • If you have to remove the dressing or it comes off please attempt to cover the foot with a sock or other loose dressing until such time as you are able to see a veterinary surgeon.
  • Do not use elastic bands to hold socks or dressings in place. Elastic bands or anything tied too tightly can cut off the circulation causing permanent serious damage to tissues.
  • If you have a pet, which is liable to chew a dressing even though it is not ill fitting, he/she may be fitted with an Elizabethan collar to avoid interference with the dressing.
  • Please do not hesitate to ring us for advice

Please remember ill-fitting dressings can cause serious damage.

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