Pet First Aid Instructor Level 3 (VTQ) - Online Blended Part 1

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General Bandaging

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There are some situations where you will need to pop a bandage on a leg or a tail or an ear if there is an injury. So if it is an injury that is bleeding and you need to try and stop the bleeding, you might want to put a bandage on. Or if it is an injury that you... A wound that you would like to cover before you get to the vet just to prevent any further infection or any dirt, or prevent your animal from licking at that wound, then popping a bandage on would be the best thing to do.

The bandage that we tend to use at the vets and that is readily available for everyone to get hold of is cohesive bandage like this. And the really good thing about this is that it does not stick to the fur, so it does not hurt the fur, especially when you're taking it off, it is not difficult to remove. It just sticks to itself. So when you place it on the... Wherever you are going to put it, you just keep wrapping and covering itself, and it will stay put because it is stuck to itself. The most important thing with it is not to put it on too tight. Because it is a stretchy bandage, it is very easy to apply it tightly, and there is a temptation to do that, especially if there is a word that is bleeding because you want to stop that bleeding. However, if you put the bandage on too tight, you will cause swelling around where the bandage is, and it is also really painful for the animal. So, it is really important to just, when you are putting that on, make sure it is not tight.

We always start lower than the injury or the wound that you are trying to cover. So, say, if she had an injury here on her forearm, we would start just below it. And you would start just wrapping that, and what I would suggest you do, there are two ways of making sure that it does not go too tight. You can pull that bandage, so unravel it and take all that elasticity with you there, pull it tight, and then start to apply it looser so that you know you are not just unravelling and attaching it as you go where it is definitely going to be too tight, but you have unravelled it and you are just placing it back on top of itself without pulling all that elasticity in it.

The other way to make sure that it does not go too tight would be to put one on two of your fingers underneath when you're wrapping it around the leg. So you would put your fingers in there, wrap the bandage around, and you can still pull it quite tight in that way because you know that you have got some space in there because you have got your two fingers underneath. And just move your fingers up as you are putting the bandage on.

And when you are finished bandaging, the lovely thing about the cohesive bandage is that you can just tear it very easily. So if you do not have scissors with you, it does not matter because you can just tear it and lay it on top of itself, and it will stick to itself. You just want to check afterwards, you could just pop a finger underneath both ends and make sure that that bandage is not too tight, and that is lovely. That is fine.

If you had a wound that was very close to the foot, I would always suggest including the foot in your bandage. And the reason for that is that if you do not do that and it is close to the foot, the bandage is likely to slip. So, rather than you do all that work and then it just falls off, just make sure you put the whole foot in there in the first place. And I would normally start over the top of the foot, pull that bandage out, place it, and then, once you have gone above and below the foot, just start wrapping around where you have applied it. Also, if it is an injury on the foot, it is always best, if you can, to include all of those nails and digits in there.

Any bandage that you put on is only going to be temporary. It is just to make sure that you have covered or stopped that bleeding before you then get the animal to the vets. So it really does not matter what it looks like, it just needs to be functional, do what it needs to do, cover or stop the bleeding because as soon as you get to the vet, they are going to take that bandage off and do whatever they need to do. And it might be that they then replace the bandage, but it may be that it needs surgery, or whatever it needs. This is just a temporary fix to try and get your animal safely to the vets.