When your pet has surgery, a wound or an injury a bandage may be needed. If one is needed, proper bandage care is vital to your pet’s recovery. In most cases you will need to return with your pet multiple times for bandage checks, changes and eventually removal. Although this can be inconvenient at times, a bandage that stays on too long can cause serious infection and delay of healing. Therefore, it is very important that you follow the veterinarian’s bandage care directions and to keep the bandage clean and dry. If your pet has a bandage on the paw it may be necessary to place a plastic bag over it when the pet goes outside to keep it dry. If it becomes wet for any reason we need to change it as soon as possible to prevent any healing issues. In some cases the pet may need to wear an Elizabethan collar (e-collar) to prevent the pet from chewing or removing the bandage.
If your pet is here at the clinic and needs an IV catheter a pressure bandage will be applied once we remove the catheter. This bandage needs to be removed about 1 hour after the catheter is pulled; if the bandage is still present at pick up, you can remove it once you get your furry friend home to avoid swelling of the paw. If you have any questions about bandages don’t hesitate to give us a call!