How to bandage an injured paw


How to bandage an injured paw

If you are applying a bandage onto your pet it is vitally important that you do not put it on too tight.

Never bandage or try to splint a limb that you think is broken as you will make things worse.  Always phone the Vet and adhere to their advice.

If you are bandaging the lower limb, you should cover the foot. But you must ensure that you check the paw regularly to ensure that it is not swelling. If you have any concerns you must call the Vet.

If you are applying a bandage at home, it should be checked by a Vet as soon as possible. Never leave a bandage on for longer than 24 hours unless applied by a Vet.

Avoid the bandage getting wet as this will make it tighter and can lead to the wound becoming infected. Avoid taking your dog out in wet conditions. Your Vet will often be able to provide used IV fluid bags to try and protect the bandage from getting wet.

More detailed information can be found in our Dog First Aid course

First Aid for Pets provides this information for guidance and it is not in any way a substitute for veterinary advice. The author does not accept any liability or responsibility for any inaccuracies or for any mistreatment or misdiagnosis of any person or animal, however caused. It is strongly advised that you attend a practical First Aid for Pets course to understand what to do in a medical emergency.

Remember to visit our other websites: First Aid for Life and Online First Aid

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