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How to bandage your dogs paw

It is important that a paw bandage is placed correctly so that it stays in place and that no skin irritation occurs. A bandage that is too loose can easily fall off, while a bandage that is too tight can irritate the dog and impair wound healing

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First aid - paw bandage on dog

  • Wash the wound and apply a sterile compress closest to the wound.
  • Place cotton strings between the toes to avoid moisture and irritation.
  • Put cotton around the entire paw and a bit up the leg.
  • Wrap the gauze or similar back and forth on the top and bottom of the paw and along the leg. Secure the gauze with plaster tape.
  • Wrap one turn of adhesive support bandage until the bandage is covered. If you use elastic bandages, they must not be tightened.

Remember to

  • Change the bandage daily or as instructed by your veterinarian.
  • Put a paw guard or a plastic bag over the bandage in damp weather. Remove the protection as soon as the dog comes indoors.
  • If the dog shows irritation with the bandage, it indicates that something is wrong. Then remove the bandage to inspect the paw and wound. Look out for chafing, redness of the skin or moisture between the toes. Feel free to let the dog air the paw under your supervision before applying a new bandage. If you suspect an ulcer, ask your vet to check the skin.

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