How to keep bandages on a dog?

Bandages are usually applied to dogs to protect, treat or support an injured area on their body. However, keeping the bandage on your dog may prove difficult and to help remedy this problem we have outlined some ideas you can try beneath:

One of the most effective way to keep your dog from chewing on his/her bandages is to try an Elizabethan collar. These can be found at your local pet store or from your Vet. Your Vet may also have a special non-slip bandage that stretches and clings to itself and you can ask for their advice on the best option to use.

Your local pet store or Vet may also carry commercial products like bitter apple, but these only work with some dogs. More drastic home remedies include things like Tabasco sauce, but again, this only works with some dogs.

If a pet is able to go outside to attend to his/her toilet needs, a plastic bag or bin liner must be placed over the foot, covering the length of the bandage. Empty bread bags often work well for covering leg bandages.

Some points to note to assist you decide When You Should Call or See Your Vet:

  • If you notice swelling above or below the bandage
  • The bandage is wet (The bandage should always be kept dry and clean).
  • You notice bleeding or discharge above, below or through the bandage
  • For scheduled bandage changes
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