Care of Bandages

Bandages are used to cover wounds, provide support or prevent further damage to an area. They need to be changed at regular intervals depending on each case. We will make an appointment for you to revisit the surgery when this is necessary. In some cases, your pet may need to be sedated to allow us to change the bandage.

It is very important that bandages are kept dry, or the skin underneath may become sore. Try to avoid taking your pet out in the rain. Cats must be kept indoors – you will need to provide a litter tray.

If walking on wet ground is unavoidable, protect the bandage with a plastic bag. We have heavy plastic bags at Reception. Do not leave a plastic bag on all the time however, as this will cause sweating beneath the bandage.

Discourage your pet from licking or chewing at the bandage. A light cover, such as a sock, will often be enough to discourage licking. In some cases, an Elizabethan collar may be required. If your pet persists in trying to chew the bandage then contact the surgery for advice – it may be that the bandage is uncomfortable for your pet.

Do not remove a bandage yourself without first contacting us for advice. Removing a bandage may leave a delicate wound unprotected.

If the bandage becomes wet or damaged, if it slips or starts to smell, then please arrange an appointment as soon as possible for a bandage change.

If you are concerned about your pet’s well being in any way then please telephone us for advice.