Large animal wounds

Wound bandaging

In most cases, we apply a half or full limb bandage, rather than a wound bandaid. With bandaids, swelling tends to develop above and below the bandage, creating traumatic areas at the edges of the bandage.

In early wounds (pregranulation tissue), occlusive bandages can be used to stimulate granulation tissue production. Once granulation tissue is present, the bandage should be non-occlusive.

The bandage layers are

  • nonstick pad – Adaptic, Telfa
  • padding- sheet cotton or premade bandages
  • compressive layer- brown gauze, vetwrap
  • tape (optional) to hold it in place


Wrap Right,Horse & Rider,53(12), 40-43.- Great pics and what to avoid



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