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How to Apply a Bandage to Your Dog

Tips on How to Bandage Your Dog

You and your dog are far from help (perhaps camping or hiking), and your dog hurts himself. Would you know how to stabilize him until you could reach a veterinarian? This article provides some guidance in case of such an emergency, but it does not replace the skill and expertise of your veterinarian. If possible, it is better to let a trained expert treat your dog than yourself.

How to Apply a Head Bandages to Dogs

The most common reason a head wrap is applied is to stop bleeding from the ears.

After the bandage is applied, frequently check the animal for facial swelling or difficulty breathing. If either is detected, remove the bandage immediately.

How to Apply a Leg Bandages to Dogs

Leg bandages are typically applied to help temporarily stabilize a fracture or to help reduce bleeding from a wound.

After the bandage is applied, frequently check the toes for swelling or coldness. If either is detected, remove the bandage.

How to Apply a Splints to a Dog

Splints are used to add extra support to fractures of the bones below the elbow. Be very careful if you apply a splint to the rear leg. Due to the natural position of the rear legs, bandaging these bones in a straight alignment can be detrimental. Splints are best used only in the front legs.

Bandages and splints do not help fractures of the humerus (upper arm bone) or femur (thigh bone). They can even cause more damage. If you suspect that your pet has a fractured upper thigh bone or upper arm bone, do not use a bandage or splint. Try to keep your dog as quiet and confined as possible and contact your veterinarian.