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How To Properly Bandage A Paw

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
3 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.

As always, if you do not feel comfortable treating your pet at home for this type of injury, it is always best to contact your veterinary. Pet Insurance can help cover the costs of accidents like these so you don’t have to worry about the cost and can focus on getting your pet care.

How do you bandage a dog’s paw:

If an injury occurs to your dog’s paw, it’s important that you know what to do. Here are seven simple steps to bandage your dog’s paw.

  1. Assess the injury to the paw
  2. Wash the wound with warm water ensuring there is no debris inside the wound
  3. Remove any debris
  4. Clean the injured area with Betadine solution
  5. Apply antiseptic cream to the wounded area
  6. Wrap the pad in soft gauze
  7. 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.

What to do if your dog cuts their leg:

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 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

How to be prepared for paw injuries:

Since your dog constantly exposes his paws and pads to the elements, just by walking around, injuries to paws and pads happen quite often. Aside from cuts, some common injuries include punctures, abrasions, burns, frostbite, and irritation from chemicals found on the ground. If you notice signs of a potential paw injury, such as bleeding, limping and excessive licking, it’s best to take a closer look. If your pet does have an injury to their paw, some minor injuries can be easily treated at home, but others require the veterinarian to assess and treat.

How to prevent paw injuries:

While there is no way to completely alleviate the risk of paw injuries, the best way to prevent injuries is just to be aware. Before you allow your dog to enter an area, especially one that is new or different, inspect the areas. If you discover anything that could potentially be hazardous, like debris or chemical spills, remove them or relocate your dog to another area. In the summer, try to keep your dog from walking on extremely hot surfaces like blacktop or concrete. If possible, steer your dog toward grassy areas, which are cooler and safer  to walk on. And when taking your dog out for a walk, watch the ground in front of your dog to avoid any dangerous surprises.

What should be in a pet first aid kit?

You should always keep a pet first aid kit handy, wherever you are spending time with your dog. The most important must-haves for your pet first aid kit are:

  • muzzle, leash and collar
  • antiseptic
  • sterile pads
  • adhesive bandages or tape
  • rolls of cotton and gauze
  • peroxide

Of course if you find yourself without a pet first aid kit and an accident occurs, a well-stocked “human” first aid kit will usually suffice.

Does my pet need to go to the vet for a paw injury?

Often paw injuries are minor and can be treated at home and heal without issue. However, your dog’s paws are difficult-to-heal areas of his body. That’s why even less-severe injuries could require a visit to the vet’s office. Many paw pad injuries require proper cleaning and bandaging—and some may need more intensive care. Your vet will also tell you how to properly care for the treated injury at home during the time it takes the paw to heal. In instances like this, we always defer to whatever makes the pet parent more comfortable with advisement from your personal veterinarian.


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