When your pet is discharged with a bandage, please keep the following information in mind. The bandage has a very important function to fulfill and therefore needs proper care in order to accomplish that function.
The function of bandages:
- Prevent swelling
- Relieve pain
- Decrease/stop bleeding
- Immobilise the limb in the case of a fracture
- Keep wounds clean
It is important to keep the bandage clean and dry at all times. If any of the following signs are noticed you need to return to the clinic before the discussed time:
- Swelling of the toes or any other area protruding beneath the bandage.
- Any foul odours coming from the bandage
- If moisture is coming through from inside the bandage due to underlying wounds.
- If the animal suffers any discomfort due to the bandage.
- If the bandage has shifted from its original position
- If the bandage becomes wet (rain, urine, pool of water, etc.)
- If the animal has chewed the bandage to a severe extent
Please keep in mind that in the case of a fracture the bandage does not give the animal permission to freely move around as much as they like. The healing process is much quicker and more successful when they are kept as quiet as possible. Usually the bandage is re-evaluated after A WEEK and changed after TWO WEEKS.
In the case of wounds the bandage will be changed after 2 or 3 days and as healing progresses the interval of changing will increase. This will be discussed after each changing.
If rainy or wet outside a plastic bag can be pulled over the bandage to keep it dry while the pet goes out to urinate or defecate. Be sure to remove the bag once the pet is back inside.
If they chew on it without cause a Buster Collar (cone) can help to prevent that.
Written by Sr Mari Stofberg