Bandage Care in Dogs

The application of a bandage to a dog is a means of protecting the underlying tissues while it is healing. Without a bandage, a wound, injury, or surgical incision can be prone to trauma, such as when a dog licks the wound. This will delay the healing process and increase the risk of infection.

A bandage also protects the surface of the wound from being contaminated with dirt or debris. In some cases, a bandage may be used to cover the spot where topical medication was applied to. A bandage will also come in handy when there is a need for an injured part of the body to be held against another part, such as when the ear is injured and has to be held against the head, or bandaging a broken or injured toe to the foot or to the other toes.


Parts of the Body that can be Protected by Bandages

  • Head
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Tail
  • Lower legs


Parts of a Bandage

Newer types of bandages have 3 layers -- primary, secondary, and tertiary. The primary layer is sterile as it’s the one that makes contact with the wound. It absorbs excess moisture while providing wound protection. The secondary layer of the bandage provides padding and absorbency while immobilizing the limb. The tertiary layer is the outermost part of the bandage.


Are there bandages for dogs?

Yes, there are! Millpledge WRAPZ Chewy No No Cohesive Bandages are simple to use and is practical and cost effective. These bandages contains a flavour that prevents pets from chewing on it. It also uses a great technology that allows the bandage to stick to itself so there is no stickiness or additional tape required, making it a fuss-free and simple bandage to use. However, do note that these bandages should not be use directly on the wound, so read on to find out more about how to bandage your pet correctly!


How to Bandage your Dog Correctly

Before putting a bandage on your dog, be sure to follow these steps:


  1. Make sure the wound is clean and well-disinfected.
  2. Place a sterile and non-stick absorbent pad on the wound.
  3. Wrap a gauze bandage over the wrap, making sure that one-third of the bandage is exposed. Include wrapping any fur on each side of the pad.
  4. Wrap a layer of adhesive bandage or tape over the gauze bandage.
  5. Make sure that the right pressure is maintained by placing and removing 2 fingers as you wrap the bandage with adhesive tape.
  6. To prevent the bandage from slipping and keeping it secure, use sticky tape to anchor the bandage to the dog’s fur. (Applicable for bandages that are not self-sticking)



How to Bandage a Dog’s Torso

For wounds on a dog’s torso, wrap a towel or pillowcase around the torso and use pins to secure the bandage in place. The pins should on the opposite side of the wound. If you’re worried about hurting your dog when using pins, get the Millpledge WRAPZ bandage as it can stick to itself.



How to Bandage a Dog's Back Leg

For wounds of the leg, use a rolled cotton to wrap over the gauze pad. Next, wrap stretch gauze and top with adhesive tape or bandage.





How do you keep a bandage on a dog?

In addition to anchoring the bandage to the dog’s fur with the use of sticky tape, or with bandages that is self-sticking, make sure the bandage is not too tight or too loose.


How long can a bandage stay on a dog?

Your veterinarian is an important source of information regarding this matter, but when the bandage gets dirty, be sure to change them immediately.


What can you put on a dog wound?

Aside from cleaning it with antiseptic, there are over-the-counter topical wound ointments that can help prevent bacterial infection and promote healing. If you have doubts or concerns, don’t hesitate to call your veterinarian.