It is a big responsibility to own a dog, even comparable to taking care of a baby. The big advantage i see here is that they are highly unlikely to grow up into stressful teenagers. Since dogs are so much like babies, they often end up in harmful situations. They might get trapped in a tight space or get injured on a limb when hit by something. When this happens, it is essential that you know the skill of bandaging your dog to avoid further damage to the limb. Here are some basics of bandaging your dog.
1. Make sure when bandaging your dog that it is dry and clean. This can be ensured when the pet stays indoors while the bandage is on. To avoid the bandage getting wet, make sure there is a plastic bag or a trash bag covering the bandage when the dog steps out to poop or pee. An empty bread bag can do the trick. Anytime your dog has ended up dirtying or wetting the bandage, it will be better to replace. Make sure you continue checking the bandage twice a day to make sure it is dry and clean. If you notice any discharge or a foul odor, it is time to visit a veterinarian.
2. When bandaging your dog, it is very important to keep checking that it has remained in place. Most pets get irritated by a bandage and will try their best to chew it off! When checking, see if the location of the bandage is same as well. Sometimes, they will simply scratch it off! Bandaging your dog is as important as keeping an eye on the bandage for days making sure it has not slipped. The bandage could also come loose. This is especially relevant when you are bandaging your dog in the leg or abdomen area. One end of the bandage will be bigger and the other eventually keeps getting narrower. If it bunches up, it could graze the limb. Change the bandage if you notice any of these signs.
3. When bandaging your dog in the leg, make sure it is not very tight. Observe the appearance of the toes under the bandage 2 or more times in a day. This will bring to notice any swelling, sweating or pain. Also check for redness, chaffing of the skin or any kind of discharge before and after bandaging your dog.
4. Bandaging your dog will be a bother for the dog and most will try to chew it off, use an Elizabethan collar to avoid it. If there is excessive scratching or chewing, there could be a problem so see a vet.
If you notice any of the following before or after bandaging your dog, you must visit a veterinarian:
o Any signs of swelling below or above the bandage
o Chewed up bandage
o Wet bandage
o Any signs of discharge or bleeding below, above or through the bandage
o Any other scheduled bandage changes