Pet Factsheets

Care of your pet's bandage


Please follow this advice carefully and if you have any concerns contact your veterinary practice as soon as possible for advice from one of the veterinary nurses. Bandages have the potential to cause significant injury if they are left in place when there is a problem.

Can my pet still exercise?

Please restrict dogs to very short lead walks only, no free exercise. Cats should be kept indoors and restricted to one room if possible.

How can the bandage be protected?

When taking pets outside please cover the bandage with a strong plastic bag. Remove the bag immediately upon return indoors. Plastic does not allow the bandage to 'breathe' and problems will occur if left on for too long. Waterproof/breathable covers/boots are available (eg Pawz /Medipaw available online) - these are particularly recommended if your pet will need ongoing bandaging.

What problems can occur?

Problems can occur relatively easily owing to the nature and lifestyle of our pets, they also cannot tell us verbally if there is a problem! Please contact the practice immediately if any of the following should occur:

  • The bandage becomes wet or soiled.
  • The bandage slips.
  • The bandage seems tight.
  • The bandage smells unpleasant.
  • Toes are visibly swollen or cold to the touch.
  • Your pet is excessively licking or chewing the bandage.

What else should I look out for?

Your pet may seem generally unwell, eg lethargic, off food or restless. Your pet may also show signs of pain or discomfort such as suddenly not using the bandaged limb.

Please call the practice immediately if you notice any of the above or if you are concerned that something is just not right. Bandages need to be changed regularly so please ensure that you know when your pet's bandage is due to be changed and make appointments as advised.