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Canine Bandage Change

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Surgeon Andrea Sundholm, DVM, DACVS-SA reviews how to remove and replace a bandage on a dog after surgery.

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Christina Espinas Sedlacek's picture

Do you usually wrap the joint (hock) or is it also appropriate to leave the joint exposed and wrap above? Do you use stirrups at all?

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Thanks for the question Christina! I personally find it easiest to wrap continuously from the foot to above the hock joint. If you have a reason to wrap only close to the stifle for example, it's very challenging to keep the bandages up on the limb without starting down at the foot. I haven't left the hock joint exposed with bandage below and above it - I think I would be worried about swelling, abnormal pressure points and increased mobility.

Yes, I use stirrups! Especially helpful for keeping up bandages that need to go far up on the limb (such as up to the flank or axillary regions). Hopefully that helps!