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Home care of animals with bandages, splints or casts

by Laurence Williams
30 October 2018, at 10:25am

The therapeutic success of bandages, splints and casts is highly influenced by the guardian's compliance in monitoring it and reporting any changes. Blue recommends simplifying guardian’s home care instructions with some key points:

  • Bandages must remain dry at all times. If the pet goes outside during wet weather a plastic bag or glove should be placed over the bandage so the material won’t get damp. The protection should be removed as soon as the pet returns inside.
  • Putting talcum powder where the bandage rubs the skin helps to prevent friction sores.
  • Bandages must be checked twice a day. The guardian should look out for member swellings above the bandage and they should gently pinch the toes to ensure the pet retains sensation.
  • Physical exercise should be restricted to short and supervised leash walks. With very energetic pets it might be necessary to limit their access to one or two rooms.

Some level of discomfort is expected and most pets will attempt to remove the bandage. If they are very persistent, an E-collar is essential to prevent them from destroying the bandage. The guardians should contact their vet if they notice any change in the bandage’s position, shape or odour, if any soiling or secretions accumulation is registered, if sores or skin irritation appear, if the member or toes show swelling or if the discomfort level is excessive or suddenly increases.

Even when the skin is okay, Blue recommends weekly appointments to have the bandage examined and adjusted.

Is splinting or casting the best approach to your clinical case? Which is the best splint for that anatomical area? Send us your questions at info@blueveterinary.com .

Laurence Williams