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If your pet has been sent home after treatment at the vet with a bandage or cast, follow your vet's advice and make sure that the injury site is kept clean and dry.

If dressings, splints or casts are damaged, get wet, get infected or move out of position,  the chance of successful recovery is reduced and the injury may well get worse.

When a cat is injured it can be a lot harder, keeping them in crate and providing a litter tray can help to reduce the risks, if they do have to go outside special plastic or rubber boots can help to keep dressings dry or you could use a plastic bag, however if a plastic bag is left on for more than 60 minutes, moisture will build up and the dressing will get wet and the risk of infection increases.

  • Keep dogs under your control, if the vet agrees that some exercise is advisable, take them out on a lead
  • If not keep activity to a minimum, keep them indoors and monitor them carefully
  • If you have other pet's try to keep them occupied away from the patient
  • Follow the vet's instructions if drugs are prescribed
  • Dressings need to be changed regularly under the instruction and advice of your vet
  • Don't remove a dressing applied by a vet unless they tell you to do so
  • If your pet tries to chew and pull at the dressing ask your pet for advice about collars
  • Check that the dressing remains in place if you have any concerns seek veterinary advice

Things you should look out for include: 

  • Heat or warmth in the affected area
  • Wetness on the dressing which could indicate chewing but also that there is a discharge 
  • Bleeding through the dressing
  • Excessive pain or discomfort
  • The dressing appears to be too tight or too loose
  • Slipping or movement of the dressing
  • Monitor their food and water intake for any changes
  • Check the skin either side of the dressing for colour and texture
  • Swelling on or after the injury site
  • Check for chafing at the edges, sometimes some talk or Vaseline may stop this
  • Any changes in their health or behaviour
  • General signs of illness, depression or lack of appetite
  • Any smells around the dressing.

If you notice any of these or you have any concerns, call your vet.