3.4 Basic Wound Care
- Start by ensuring that the skin is dry apply wound ointments to a non-adherent dressing such as a Telfa pad.
- A layer of cotton stretch gauze protects and pads the wound. Wrap it snug but not too tight leaving the toes exposed so that you can monitor them for swelling and discolouration. In general, as you bandage a limb, you want to overlap each layer about 50 percent over the previous layer.
- A layer of elastic bandage such as VetWrap or one with an adhesive like LightPlast will help to further secure the bandage and protect it from the environment. Elastic bandage materials can easily constrict, cutting off the circulation so be very careful to not wrap too tight. It can help to first unroll the elastic and allow it to recoil a bit before wrapping it around the limb.
- Keep bandages clean and dry at all times and prevent the pet from licking or chewing at them. Use an e-collar if needed.
- Check the toes regularly for swelling and discolouration.
- Change bandages about every 24 hours until adequately healed.
Here are the 3 best pieces of advice from the emergency vet that could save your pet’s life:
1) DON’T WAIT TOO LONG TO GET HELP!
If you wait too long, it could be too late. This is especially true for concerns such as laboured breathing, pale gums and weakness. You know your pet best, so if you are worried or concerned, “when in doubt, check it out!”
2) PREVENT THE PREVENTABLE
Learn as much as possible about dangers that face your pet, such as household poisons, seemingly harmless objects (such as toys, clothing, garbage and rocks), other animals, and vehicles. Pets are like toddlers and they need a responsible adult/babysitter to protect them from danger. Puppies and kittens need to start their vaccines at 8 WEEKS (and they need boosters too!) to protect them from deadly diseases.
3) BE PREPARED FOR THE WORST CASE SCENARIO
Have a plan in place, know your nearest emergency clinic, have the ASPCA phone number on speed dial. Know basic first aid training and CPR. But MOST IMPORTANTLY, BE FINANCIALLY PREPARED. The cost of medical treatment in an emergency, and the owners’ ability to pay for it, is probably the most important factor that determines whether a pet will receive the medical care it needs. The best way to protect yourself is to have good medical insurance for your pet. Do your research.
**REMEMBER**: WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME TEAM, with the best interest of the patient as everyone’s first priority. Let your vet do what he/she does best, and don’t try to grab the steering wheel and obstruct your vet from doing his/her job. We are all in the same car, we are all headed to the same place, but only one of us has the driver’s license (meaning, only the vet has the medical training and background to “drive the car”).
Please remember to spay/ neuter your pet, and to donate to your local animal shelter- they really need your help!
- ASPCA Animal Poison Control: Hotline: (888) 426-4435
- PREVENTIVE HEALTH IN PUPPIES
- Meet “Oliver”
- IS PET INSURANCE WORTH IT?
- MEDICAL INSURANCE SAVES LIVES
- THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE GETTING A PET
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