Bandage and Cast Care

Your pet has had a soft dressing/cast applied today following his/her surgery. The success of the surgery performed on your pet may depend on good care of this dressing; much of this care will need to be given by you at home.

Bandage materials are expensive and bandaging is a skilled, time consuming job, which sometimes requires your pet to be sedated. A charge will be made for bandage changes.

Good bandage care:

  • Always apply a plastic bag with a sock or boot over the top when your dog goes outside. You can secure this cover at the top with some string/sellotape or a loose elastic band. Always remove extra covers when your pet is back inside otherwise the foot will sweat, which can lead to serious infections. Cats will need to be kept inside whilst their dressing is in place. Please only allow your pet the recommended amount and type of exercise as instructed by your vet.
  • Check the dressing daily for any signs of swelling or chafing at the edges of the bandage. A small amount of talcum powder or Vaseline may help to stop chafing. Consult the surgery if you are worried.
  • Do not allow your pet to chew or damage the dressing; this can lead to further problems such as sores and extra redresses and can even make the dressing non-functional meaning that the limb is not receiving the support it needs to heal. Please contact us without delay if you notice any damage/chewing of the dressing. We can provide you with an Elizabethan collar to prevent this problem occurring.

Contact the surgery promptly if you notice any of the following signs:

  • A foul smell coming from the bandage
  • Slipping off the bandage from its original position
  • General signs of illness lethargy, depression or lack of appetite

Please come in when recommended for your pet’s dressing changes. Delayed changes can lead to extra problems such as sores, which can seriously complicate the healing processes.

Remember- if you are worried at any stage contact the surgery for our advice – 01273 737924