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How to Keep Bandages on a Dog

The Curragh Veterinary Supplies range provides premium quality bandages and dressings for your pet.

Keeping even the highest quality companion animal bandages in place is always a challenge.
Dirt, wet, movement, licking and chewing….especially licking and chewing… provide stern tests for the best bandages and bandaging techniques.

Improve the chances of your bandage staying in place by following the practical guidelines below. To really stack the odds in your favour make sure to always use Curragh No Chew PetWRAP.

Are you wondering how to keep bandages on a dog? If your canine companion has an injury that requires a bandage, you will likely learn very quickly that keeping the protective covering on your dog’s wound is quite challenging.
Canine Bandage Challenges
When a dog has any type of wound – from a small cut to stitches or a sore from a lick granuloma – it’s essential to keep the area clean, disinfected and covered with a bandage. Bandaging a dog’s wound is not the same as covering an injury on a person. Even if your dog only has a small wound, you can’t just place an adhesive bandage over the affected spot and expect that it will allow the wound to heal properly.
Since dogs are covered in fur, an adhesive bandage won’t adhere closely enough to the injured spot to keep it dry or prevent it from being exposed to bacteria. Even if you shave the area around the injury, a simple adhesive bandage covering will not be sufficient. The covering will likely fall off – or get chewed off – within a few seconds of being applied.

Tips on How to Keep Bandages on a Dog
Use Proper Bandage Supplies
The first step on how to keep bandages on a dog is to make certain that you are using the right type of materials to cover the wound. Bandaging a canine requires the use of a flat, non-stick pad that has absorbent properties, gauze strips, a roll of elastic bandage material (also known as “vet wrap”) and adhesive tape.
The items you need to properly bandage a wound or injury on a dog can be purchased from any pet supply store. They may also be available at your veterinarian’s office or from drug stores and mass merchandise stores that carry wound care items in either the pharmacy or pet care department.

Applying the Bandage
When bandaging your dog’s wound, thoroughly clean the affected area. Apply any disinfecting medication recommended by your veterinarian. Place the absorbent non-stick pad over the area. Wind gauze strips around the affected area in a few layers, making sure that it is firmly applied while being certain that it is not too loose or too tight. Use adhesive tape that overlaps the gauze material so it doesn’t stick to your dog’s fur. Follow the same procedure with the elastic bandage, again making sure that it isn’t too loose or tight.
If the gauze or the elastic bandage is too loose, the bandage will fall off. If either is too tight, this can cause circulation problems as well as discomfort or itching, all of which will lead to your dog working very quickly to chew the covering off. Be sure that you can fit – but just barely – the tips of two of your fingers under each layer of the bandage material to ensure that it is applied with the proper amount of tension.

Keeping the Bandage On
Keeping a bandage on a dog can be quite challenging, even if it is applied properly. While making sure that you use the right types of bandage material and application techniques is an important step in keeping the affected area covered, it’s not realistic to expect a bandage to stay on a dog for a long period of time. When your pet has a wound or injury, you need to be prepared to clean the area and reapply a protective covering on a regular basis.
There are things you can do to try to help keep the bandage on for as long as possible. Here are a few tips about how to keep bandages on a dog.

• Use Curragh Veterinary Supplies No Chew PetWRAP bandages.
• Make sure the injured area is dry before applying bandage materials.
• Keep your dog indoors most of the time when wearing a bandage.
• Take your pet out to use the bathroom on a leash rather than allowing him to run out in the yard unsupervised.
• Take care to keep the bandage dry by covering it with a plastic bag of some type when it is necessary to take your dog outside.
Keeping bandages on your pet is no easy task, but it’s well worth the effort to make sure your pet heals properly.