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Foot Bandage on a Dog

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From broken toenails to large lacerations, dog feet see a lot of action. In this video Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), walks you through how to apply a basic foot bandage on a dog.

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Julie Poduch's picture

You make it look so easy! I assume the multi-layer approach also limits the dog's ability to bite/chew off the wrapping, correct?

Tinille McKenzie-Wyatt's picture

What are your thoughts on returning distally after starting distally and working proximally? I have heard mixed thoughts on how returning distally can create more of a tourniquet effect and if you want a 2nd layer to cut it at the proximal end then start re-applying again from distal to proximal....

Megan Brashear's picture

You can get a different answer to this question depending on who you ask... Any bandage can create a tourniquet effect regardless of the direction that you apply the layers. More important is overlap, bunching, pressure points, folds, and overall tension. If your hospital is a distal to proximal only, that's great, but still focus on the issues mentioned above. Great question, and sure to start debate!

Anna Mollame's picture

If you were bandaging for a laceration on the bottom of the paw, would you still wrap the entire paw or would you leave 2 toes like we do with catheters?

Sarah Harris's picture

Hi Anna. Good question. Usually with paw pad lacerations we cover the toes to ensure that we are fully protecting the wound as it heals. If the laceration is closer to the carpus/tarsus you could probably keep the toes out to monitor for swelling.