Canine First Aid for Hydrotherapists

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Bandage aftercare

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Bandage Aftercare: Tips for Dog and Cat Owners

Duration of Bandages

Bandages are typically not left on for more than two to three days:

  • Reason: Prolonged bandaging may hide underlying issues like infection or wound breakdown.

Monitoring Bandages

Important steps to monitor your pet's bandage:

  • Comfort: Ensure the bandage is comfortable for your pet; watch for signs of discomfort or pain.
  • Swelling: Check for any swelling above or below the bandage, especially if the foot is included.
  • Dryness: Keep the bandage dry; use waterproof covers during walks and avoid leaving non-breathable materials like plastic on for extended periods.
  • Odour: Watch for any abnormal smells around the bandage, which could indicate infection.

Responding to Concerns

If you notice any issues with the bandage, take prompt action:

  • Pain: If your pet shows signs of pain or discomfort, contact your vet for assessment.
  • Moisture: Inform your vet if the bandage gets wet; they may advise removal to prevent further complications.
  • Odour: Any unusual smells should be reported to your vet to address potential infection.

For any concerns or questions about bandage aftercare, contact your vet for guidance and advice.