Tip of the trade - Bandaging 101

Most people will see a leg wound and straight away assume that it needs to have a bandage on it. This might not always be the case. Below you will find some useful information on what we are actually trying to achieve by putting a bandage on a wound.
  • Prevent the open wound from contamination
  • Remove dead tissue (wound debridement)
  • Maintain a moist wound environment (this will help speed up the healing process for some wounds)
  • Reduce swelling or hemorrhage
  • Prevent weight bearing
  • Immobilize the tissue
Unless you are trying to achieve at least two of these outcomes it may pay to question why you are bandaging the wound or check with your vet to see whether it is necessary.


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