Pet First Aid

How to Apply Bandages: Useful Information For All Pet Owners

Basic Rules:

  1. Don't Panic!
  2. ALWAYS consider your own safety first, an injured animal may be aggressive so should be restrained by another person or a muzzle fashioned from a bandage/lead/necktie should be applied.
  3. ALWAYS bandage the whole limb, if the wound is high up the limb, the whole limb will need to be bandaged otherwise the tissues below the bandaged area will swell.
  4. NEVER REMOVE A DRESSING. If bleeding continues to soak through your first dressing, a second dressing may be applied over the first one. It is best not to remove the first dressing as any blood clots will be disturbed and the bleeding will start again.
  5. NEVER use dressings with safety pins, clips or elastic bands on them as these can be ingested or cause further damage to the affected area.
  6. NEVER apply cotton wool directly onto the wound as it will stick to the wound.
  7. Although it is recommended to wear gloves, in the event of an emergency it may not be possible.
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This guide should only be used in the event of an emergency. If in doubt, do not attempt any procedure yourself.



If your pet has an embedded foreign body i.e. piece of glass in a cut paw/pad the item should NOT be removed as it will be acting as a plug.


If your pet has acquired a dirty/infected wound i.e. wounds that have lots of gravel or dirt in them, the Woundwash saline (saltwater) solution may be used to flush the area to try to remove some of the contamination before a pressure bandage is applied. Care should be taken that any blood clots that have formed are not disturbed as this will restart the bleeding. Other solutions, i.e. TCP should NOT be used as they can be harmful to the tissues and sting.

Foot/Limb Bandage – Wound Dressing & Padding

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Picture A

Apply a sterile (if possible) non-adherent dressing pad (Zorbopad™) or gauze swab directly onto the wound. This will act to protect the wound and absorb some of the bleeding.

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Picture B

Apply the padding (Orthoband™). This layer will protect and absorb some of the bleeding if necessary. Start at point 1, and roll the padding down the front of the paw, underneath and then up the back of the paw to point 2.

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Picture C

Roll the bandage back down, under and up the front of the paw back to point 1.

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Picture D

Then roll the bandage down to point 3 and begin to wind/spiral the bandage around the limb working from the toes up the limb.

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Picture E

Overlap each layer of bandage by half. You may return down the limb if more padding is needed (i.e. with copious amounts of bleeding). Finish when you think enough padding has been applied (if bandaging a fractured limb, the joint above and below the fracture should be included in the bandage).

Foot/Limb Bandage – Support & Protection

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Picture F

Next, apply the conforming bandage (Knit-fix™). This will act to keep the padding layer in place and provide further support. The bandage should have a snug fit, too loose and it may fall off, too firm and it may cut off the circulation. You should be able to insert a finger into the top of the bandage to ensure it isn’t too tight. Follow the same procedure as above (padding layer).

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Picture G

Next, apply the cohesive bandage such as Wrapz™. This will act to secure the previous layers, provide some durability and water resistance. Follow the same procedure as described above for the padding layer. Wrapz can be easily cross-torn by hand if the whole roll is not needed. No need for scissors.

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Picture H

As with the conforming bandage, the cohesive layer should have a snug fit. Too loose and it may fall off, too firm and it may cut off the circulation! You should be able to insert a finger into the top of the bandage to ensure it isn’t too tight. The end result should look like the above picture.

Padding between the toes is not essential in an emergency first aid bandage.

Ear/Head Wound

  1. Place the dressing pad (Zorbopad™) or gauze swab directly onto the wound (Picture A). Then fold the ears up onto the top of the head, resting them on top of the padding.
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Apply the padding bandage (Orthoband™) in a figure of 8 around the head, until sufficient padding has been applied.

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Apply the conforming bandage (Knit-fix™) in the same figure of 8 motion as before. Do not apply too tightly.

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Then apply the cohesive bandage (Wrapz™) in the same way. Ensure that the bandage is snug enough that it won’t slip off but not too tight as to impair breathing. You should be able to insert two fingers under the edge of the bandage to ensure it isn’t too tight.

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Tail Wound

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Place a wound dressing pad (Zorbopad™) or gauze swab directly onto the wound.

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Using the padding roll (Orthoband™), start at point 1 and roll the bandage down the tail to the tip (point 2) and then up the underside of the tail to point 3.

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Then roll the bandage back down to the tip.

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Wrap the padding in a spiral around the tail working up the tail towards the dog, using a half overlap on each revolution

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Repeat with the conforming bandage (Knit-fix™).

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And again with the cohesive bandage (Wrapz™).

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Tail bandages can easily fall off with over-enthusiastic wagging! Enclose some of the fur in each revolution of the final bandage as you approach the top of the bandage to help secure it in place.

Basic First Aid Contents


Non-adherent wound dressing pad, apply onto the wound to absorb blood and protect the wound.


Sterile Millswabs™

Gauze swabs. Apply onto the wound to absorb blood and provide protection

Millswabs™ 12 Plis. Stérile.
Millswabs sterile


Sterile saline (saltwater) solution for cleaning dirty wounds.

Woundwash Single


Synthetic padding roll (soft padding bandage), first layer bandage



Conforming bandage (white, knitted, stretchy and non-sticky), second layer bandage.

Knit Fix


Cohesive bandage (coloured bandage, sticks to itself but not to the pet), top layer bandage.

Wrapz Mock Ups RED

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