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How To Properly Bandage A Paw

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
4 years ago
Did you know there is a way to properly bandage a paw if your dog were to get hurt? If you do not properly bandage your dog’s paw, a minor injury may quickly become severe.

A safe, clean, properly applied bandage is extremely crucial. This will assist you in preventing your dog’s injury from becoming infected. Properly bandaging your dog’s wound also prevents bleeding and assists with your dog’s pain level.

If you have a dog and do not yet have a first aid kit put together, you should put one together as soon as possible. At minimum, the following items should be included in your first aid kit:

  • Antiseptic
  • Sterile pads
  • Adhesive bandage/tape
  • Gauze

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Follow these step-by-step instructions:

  • Clean and disinfect the wound area
  • Put a nonstick absorbent pad over the wound
  • Wrap a gauze bandage over the nonstick absorbent pad
  • Wrap a layer of adhesive tape over the bandage
  • Roll cotton over the gauze pad followed by stretch gauze
  • Change your dog’s bandage frequently to allow the wound to remain clean and free of bacteria

How to Bandage A Dog’s Paw

There is often confusion regarding how to bandage a dog’s paw in particular. The most common injuries to the paw include cracking or a cut. If your dog’s paw appears to be injured, follow these steps:

  • Check the paw for blood
  • Wash the wound with warm water ensuring there is no debris inside the wound
  • Remove any debris with tweezers
  • Clean the injured area with Betadine solution
  • Apply antiseptic cream to the wounded area
  • Wrap the pad in soft gauze
  • Over the soft gauze, apply a pressure bandage (be sure to leave the toes out). You should be able to fit two fingers underneath the pressure wrap; ensure you do not apply this too tightly.

How Do I Keep My Dog’s Bandage On?

Keeping the bandage on your dog can prove to be quite challenging even if you have followed the steps correctly. To keep the bandage in place, here are a couple of tips:

  • Keep it dry
  • Do not leave your pet unsupervised outdoors
  • Consider placing an Elizabethan collar on your dog to prevent him or her from removing the bandage


Amber Drake, PetFirst Pet Insurance guest blogger, and her lovable pet posing for a picture
Amber L. Drake, a Professional Canine Behaviorist and Adjunct Professor of Biological Science, has extensive experience in the Animal Science Field. She has worked with dogs professionally for over ten years. Her clients range from private pet parents to large canine rescue organizations. In addition to accepting clients on a regular basis, Drake serves as an Adjunct Professor at Jamestown Community College and Kaplan University. Drake has earned a Doctor of Education (ABD), Educational Specialist Post-Masters, Master of Arts in Education and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She has completed coursework at Cornell University for Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, Biochemistry at UC Berkeley, Veterinary Technology at Penn Foster and a number of Continuing Education courses to remain up-to-date in her field

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