Bandage Care

Your pet has had a dressing/bandage placed. It is important to take good care of these. All bandages and dressings must be checked regularly at the surgery to ensure your pet is healing well and to avoid complications. Please make and keep re-examination appointments. Badly kept dressings can make issues worse!

The most important thing is to keep dressings CLEAN AND DRY. If you wish to take your pet outside, bandages covering the feet should be protected by a tough plastic bag (we can provide one on request). This may be secured with elastoplast, ties, elastic bands or sticky tape to prevent it falling off. The nurse will demonstrate how to secure the bag safely. The bag MUST be removed as soon as your pet returns indoors to prevent the foot sweating and the foot becoming wet.

Contact the surgery promptly if you note ANY of the following:

  • Your pet is interfering with its dressing/bandage.
  • The area around the bandage is swollen, red and/or sore.
  • Toes exposed around from the bandage feel cold.
  • You notice a foul smell from the bandage.
  • The dressing gets wet.
  • The dressing a appears to be slipping/rubbing.
  • You notice areas of discharge on the dressing or bleeding from the wounds beneath the dressing.
  • Your pet appears uncomfortable.

If you have any questions or you are worried do not hesitate to contact your local surgery or our head office at Bury Road on 01204 397970.