How to Bandage a Dog's Back Leg

By Mary Lougee

Canine bandages can protect a dog's back leg after surgery or a wound to prevent dirt or debris from entering the area and causing an infection. Bandages also prevent dogs from licking the areas and causing tissue trauma while delaying healing.

Place a nonstick gauze pad on your dog's upper leg wound. If your veterinarian provided you with antibiotic cream for the wound, squeeze the tube to place a ribbon of the cream on the wound. Place the nonstick gauze pad on top.

Place the loose end of rolled gauze about 1 inch below the bottom of the nonstick pad and hold it in place with one hand. Wrap the gauze in a spiral motion around your dog's leg going upward. Overlap each layer into the center of the previous layer until you get about 1 inch above the nonstick pad. Do not pull the rolled gauze tight around the leg.

Wind veterinarian wrap on top of the rolled gauze layer in the same manner as you applied the rolled gauze to cover the entire gauze layer.

Tape a plastic shopping bag over the bandages when your dog goes outside to prevent his bandages from getting wet. Remove the plastic bag as soon as you return inside so your dog doesn't chew at it and swallow or suffocate from the bag.

Check your dog's bandages twice a day to ensure they don't smell, and are not too tight and making his toes swell or turn red.

If your dog is chewing at the bandages, he can benefit from wearing an Elizabethan collar to restrict his mouth from removing bandages.

Don't use human bandages on a dog. They stick to his hair, do not adhere to his skin and are easy for a dog to remove. Take your pooch back to the vet if he is chewing on the bandage, the bandage is wet or soiled with feces or dirt, smells or contains blood and discharges, or if his leg is swelling above or below the bandage.