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keeping it moist. Any natural honey can
be used. When applying any ointment or
honey, its best to apply directly onto the
non-stick pad and not
the wound itself.
If the wound is not large, but is still
bleeding only a little, it will need to be
The 3 layers of the wrap are:
1. A non-adhesive pad cut to fit the size
of the wound
2. A gauze wrapping
Non-stick gauze pads come in a
variety of sizes, and are used as the
first layer when bandaging wounds.
Photo courtesy of Amazon.com.
3. Vet wrap
It is vital that this dressing stay
The second bandage layer is
roll gauze, which comes in
several widths and can be
purchased at any drug store.
Photo by Stacy Pigott
The final layer of a wound bandage is
self-adhesive wrap, which is sometimes
called vet wrap. It can be bought from
your veterinarian or at many tack and
pet stores. Photo by Stacy Pigott
able to slip a finger underneath the wrap, but
Wrap consistently and evenly. If you're unsure
completely dry and clean. If it gets wet,
it should be tight enough to not fall off. Check
of how to do this, have a veterinarian teach
change it at once. It's best to change every
often for any swelling, as this could be a sign that
you. During your bandage changes, monitor for
day or every second day.
the wrap is too tight. Also, check the temperature
infection. Some signs to look for are malodor,
of the area to assure that circulation hasn't been
and yellow or green discharge.
When wrapping the gauze and vet
wrap, be sure to not wrap them so tightly
affected. If it is cooler than other similar body
as to cut off circulation. You should be
parts, then the circulation could be compromised.
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Once bandaging has been completed
correctly, it is imperative that your Greyhound