General Splint and Bandage Care Instructions
Your pet has a splint or bandage needs to be treated with care and caution in the coming weeks. A splint/bandage is placed to protect and immobilize a limb for healing and/or stabilization. While your pet is bandaged/splinted it is imperative these instructions be followed closely, lack of care and attention to this matter can result in a variety of complications including severe infection and in some cases the loss of a limb
- Keep the Splint/Bandage Clean and Dry: Check the bandage throughout the day to make sure it is not wet or dirty. DO NOT LET THE SPLINT/BANDAGE GET WET!!! If the bandage is wet or has a foul smell you need to contact the clinic immediately to schedule a change, foul odor and discharge are signs of infection. When you bring your pet outside to potty put a plastic bag over the bottom of the splint to protect it from dew, rain, mud, sticker burrs or wet patches on the ground. Remove the plastic bag from the splint when you return indoors, DO NOT leave it on for a prolonged amount of time the splint/bandage does need to breathe.
- Toes: If the bottom of the bandage/splint is open and your pets toes are exposed check them for the following: discharge, foul odor, they should be neither cold nor hot, swelling, redness if any of the above is present contact the clinic as the bandage may have become too tight or an infection may be spreading.
- Slipping: The bandage/splint should remain in the original spot it was placed. Most commonly, slipping of the bandage is caused by too much activity or chewing. Your pet should currently be confined to a kennel or a small room in the home with minimal furniture depending on the veterinarians’ recommendations. If the bandage has slipped it may also be putting too much pressure in one spot resulting in decreased circulation to that area. Please contact the clinic so arrangements may be made to fix this.
- Chafing/Irritation: Monitor the top of the bandaged area for chafing, swelling and irritation. Contact the clinic for further instruction if needed.
- Urine/Fecal Matter: If you believe the bandage has become soiled with urine or fecal matter contact the clinic to schedule a bandage change.
- Chewing/Licking: IS NEVER OKAY! Chewing and licking at the bandage compromises the materials and your pets’ limb. Keep an E-collar on at all times to prevent this from happening. If your pet chews at the bandage material and opens spots in the bandage/splint it can cause tight and loose areas resulting in the instability of the limb compromising the healing process and can lead to uneven pressure, which may result in decreased circulation. If the bandage has been chewed contact the clinic to have it changed. DO NOT try to re-bandage or fix it yourself as this can worsen the effects of the damage. Duct tape is not the answer.
- Odor/Discharge: If there is a foul odor or any discharge coming from the bandaged/splinted area contact the clinic for a re-check.
- Bandage Removal: DO NOT take the splint/bandage off yourself unless specifically instructed to do so by our veterinary staff. If your pet removes the bandage contact the clinic immediately for a re-check.