Whether it is following a trauma, a bite, or because he has an infectious disease for example, the dog may need to be bandaged. But in some cases it is necessary to give it a bandage. Let’s see how to go about it, but also how to disinfect a wound, knowing however that this does not exempt from making an appointment with the veterinarian as soon as possible.
Cleaning a wound in dogs
Be careful to take all precautions to do not get bitten. Ask a muzzle to the dog before starting treatment may be essential.
We cleans then we disinfected the wound. Cleaning is done with soap and water. Care should be taken to remove all debris and hair that is on the wound. Once the washing is done, dry the area well with a terry towel that is patted without hurting the animal. As for disinfection, it requires the use of a product suitable for dogs, which can be purchased from the veterinarian or in a pharmacy, or even in certain brands which reserve some of their shelves for care products intended for pets. company.
It is strongly recommended to opt preferably for a disinfectant that does not sting and if you have no idea what is suitable, your best bet is to seek advice from a specialist such as a veterinarian or pharmacist.
Be careful not to use any care product because the dog may need a bandage for different reasons: wound following an injury or trauma, but also which may be caused by a skin disease for example. What works in one case may not work in the other. That is why a consultation is necessary.
Make a dog dressing
To be able to make a bandage for your dog, you need a pair of scissors, sterile gauze, of hydrophilic cotton, of sticking plaster and a bandaged sufficiently large and wide. You also need a trimmer because it is highly preferable to shave the hairs all around the wound clean. This will limit the risk of infection.
If an animal health professional has advised you to apply ointment, it is essential to start with this step.
The wound is covered with a large square of gauze so that it protrudes from the affected area by at least 3 centimeters on all sides. A good thickness of cotton is then placed on the gauze which is fixed with adhesive plaster and finally, a bandage is made either around the body, or the paw, or also around the dog’s head depending on the location of the sore. Attention from never put the cotton on the wound because fibers can stick to it and having to remove them may not be easy … It is therefore the gauze that is applied first.
Protect the dog’s bandage
There are several types of bandage supplements or dressing protectors, each with its own specificities. The master therefore chooses the one that is best suited to the case of his little protégé. It’s about :
- Of compression bandage : some splints immobilize an injured or painful limb. They complete a possible dressing. But so that the dog can benefit from all the usefulness of the splints, it is necessary to use 4 of them that one installs around the limb which must be immobilized. In order for it to be comfortable and not to hurt the dog, each splint should be surrounded by a thick layer of cotton. The plaster then comes to fix everything.
- Of circular bandage : it is the one that is placed on the neck of the dog. Its thickness must be constant but also sufficient, and you must be very careful when attaching the strip which must hold well in place without being too tight.
- Of cross or cross bandage : this bandage is placed on a paw, but the toes of the dog should be included in the band as well. This is why it is important to separate the toes of the dog’s toes with pieces of cotton to slip between the toes. In order for the strip to hold well, you have to make a normal turn and a diagonal turn and so on, then use adhesive plaster.
Finally, as it is common for a dog to be tempted totear off his bandage or at least lick it or nibble it, the bandage must stay in place at all costs. To do this, you can either equip your dog with a collar adapted to its size, or offer it a dog clothes which will therefore land on the dressing. It can be a vest, a coat or a sock. Other makeshift solutions exist such as elasticated net which slips on the bandage (at the level of a paw or the body but it is necessary to find a net adapted to the morphology of the dog), or even a kind of gaiter that can be made with a very thick quilted fabric and ties.
But if you really can’t even look at your dog’s wound without looking around, it’s better to ask the vet to take care of cleaning and disinfecting the wound, and making the appropriate dressing himself. ‘imposed. But it will be necessary that the consultations follow one another because a bandage must be changed very frequently and the wound disinfected just as often.