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Peau et pelage

15.6 How do I make a temporary bandage?


Every wound requiring a bandage necessarily requires veterinarian attention! Indeed, though protecting the wound with the help of a plaster or bandage is good for hygiene and helps accelerate healing, it nevertheless remains true that a bad technique or the use of inappropriate materials can be counterproductive or even dangerous.

If for any reason you have to cover your companion’s wound, for instance in order to seek urgent attention from a veterinarian, here are some instructions:

  • Clean and disinfect the wound.
  • A bandage is made up of three layers: a contact layer (honey for instance), a layer to absorb (sterile compresses for instance) and finally a contention or protection layer (dry or adhesive strips for instance).
  • In certain cases, if your dog is bleeding a lot for instance, it is recommended to make a compression bandage or even a tourniquet. First, call your veterinarian in order to seek advice. This type of compress cannot be left in place for more than 2 hours. Beyond that, you run the risk of necrosis through ischaemia (death of tissues by lack of oxygen).

  • In the event that your veterinarian sees your dog on a regular basis in order to change its bandages, monitor it at least twice a day. It must remain clean, dry and in place! In order to keep your dog dry, especially during walks under the rain, protect its wound, with a poop bag for instance! Prefer walks on asphalt to sand, earth, mud or grass during healing. If your dog is tempted to lick or remove its bandage, ask your veterinarian for a cone.

  • It is also important to check that a bandage close to the legs isn’t too tight. The effects of inflammation or lack of movement can lead the limbs to become swollen, making the bandage too tight. For this type of operation your veterinarian will always make sure to leave the claws of the 3rd and 4th toes outside the bandage. Check that they remain parallel to each other.

 

 

 

Questions

That you ask yourself about your companion

15.1 Why is it important to clean a wound?


15.2 The different types of wounds


15.3 How and what should I use to clean a wound?


15.4 My dog is injured, do I urgently need to see my veterinarian?


15.5 The healing process


MP LABO recommends

The following products

HONEYDERM

Remedial honey balm


Dermidine Spray

Spray for skin care