Tip of the trade - The basics of bandaging a wound on your dog

Just like you can bandage a horse's wound you can also bandage your dog’s wounds. Although the shape of the part of the body you are bandaging (e.g your dogs leg) will be different to that of a horse, many of the bandaging principles are the same.

Before you apply the bandage you want to ensure that the wound site is clean by disinfecting it and if necessary clipping the surrounding hair/fur.
Next you should look to apply an appropriate treatment to help improve the healing process and kill any bacteria, which has made its way into the wound. Our Skin & Wound Gel is ideal for larger open wounds while our Crème is great if your dealing with a more minor scratch or skin irritation. 
You will then start to apply your bandaging materials to ensure the bandage is on firmly but not too tight, that it is comfortable for your dog and they are able to move around easily.  In order to do so apply the bandage layers using even pressure and ensure there are no wrinkles in either the bandage or padding. 
If you are worried about bandaging too tight then you can always place one of your fingers gently on the area you are wrapping and bandage over the top of it before removing your finger. 

The normal bandaging material used, in sequence, to bandage a wound on your dog is;
• A primary layer – Like a soft paraffin gauze or absorbent pad to cover and protect the wound as well as holding any wound gel or crème in place;
• A secondary layer - cotton wool bandage or Gamgee to provide padding and support while ensuring the bandage is comfortable;
• Tertiary layer – Vetrap or adhesive tape to hold the bandage in place and protect the wound from the environment. 
We hope you have found this interesting and look forward to bringing 


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