A first aid kit is a must in a home with animals. With a first aid kit, a dog owner can deal with the possible injuries the dog can sustain. Bandages are one of the essential contents of a pet’s first aid kit. Applying bandage is a basic skill that must be learned by a dog owner as these very active animals are prone to accidents that can result to fractures and to wounds.
A bandage has many useful uses for the injured dog. It would be a challenge to prevent the dog from moving thus the injured body part usually sustains another trauma. Immobilization of an injured body part to provide the pet with relief from pain is one of the functions of bandaging. Bandage keeps the wound from getting dirty and because of the pressure exerted on the wound, swelling is controlled as well. This first aid measure will stop the bleeding of wounds and stabilize fractures before the vet can work on the dog’s injuries. Bandage has to be applied correctly otherwise the pet would receive no emergency care and the improperly applied bandage can even worsen the pet’s condition.
Pet owners has to know how to competently use bandage on the injuries of the pet. The pet can be restrained while the bandage is being applied but the concern would be on how to keep the bandage on. The adhesive bandage we humans use would be ineffective for our furry friends. Unknowing of the benefits of this first aid measure, the dog will try everything to remove the bandage. Owners should be aware of this fact thus the bandage has to be well secured.
Dirty wound must not be bandaged to prevent infection. Wound must be cleaned and disinfected before bandage is applied. Cover the thoroughly dried wound with a double strip of gauze. This strip of gauze must be again covered with several layers of bandage and secured with adhesive tape. Dogs would always try to remove the bandage so to hold it in place, the bandage must be secured to the fur with adhesive tape.
Another function of bandaging is to control bleeding. By wrapping the wound with layers of gauze, pressure that stems the bleeding is applied. The first aid giver though must ensure that the bandage is not wrapped too tightly lest it cuts off the circulation. The bandage has to be regularly checked to arrest the development of infection. Swelling and bad odor emanating from the bandaged wound are signs of infection. It is therefore necessary to keep the dog indoors so that the bandaged wound would be kept clean and dry.