Leg bandages are typically applied to help temporarily stabilize a fracture or to help reduce bleeding from a wound. First, any wound should be covered. A bandage is placed using cotton and stretch gauze. If a fracture is present, be extremely careful to keep the leg as still as possible. The pet may bite as a reflex to the pain. Bandages used as temporary support for fractures must include the joint above and below the fracture. The bandage should be thick and taut but not tight. After the bandage is applied, frequently check the toes for swelling or coldness. If either is detected, remove the bandage. Make sure you consult your veterinarian for additional care.
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