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    We're dealing with a somewhat difficult problem here - how do you remove bandages from your dog without hurting your pet?

    Sadie, as folks probably know, is the dog who just went through surgery for a luxating patella (aka - knees where the kneecap pops out too much). We're having to take bandages off of her on about a daily basis. Her vet recommends taking the bandages off entirely and letting it heal without being covered. Sadie, however, is a bit of a licker, and we don't want her to fuss with the staples holding her incision closed. Plus, her dog bed in her crate has a fleece cover, and I don't want to risk her getting fuzz in the incision from her staples catching on the dog bed, or worse yet, actually catching the dogbed on the staples and being unable to get it loose. So we're keeping the incision covered. Keeping it covered seems to work well for Sadie, EXCEPT for when we need to remove the bandages. They work themselves slightly loose, then you tape it, but the tape only halfway sticks, so that's even MORE stuff stuck to her that you need to remove. Instead, we'd PREFER to remove the old bandages once they get slightly loose, as it seems to take nearly a whole day for that to happen, and then put a new one on.

    The problem is the adhesive on bandages is so strong, it hurts her to take it off of her, as it catches on her fur and pulls.

    I know other folks around here have had to deal with bandages on their critters - what have you found works to help get them off????

    HELP!! Poor Sadie's skin thanks any suggestions!! So far, we've avoided causing her any damage, but it was a close one with the tape we tried yesterday to hold her bandages on. The poor baby was not happy!!

    -Mary
    -------------------------------- Mary with Sadie , Elsie , Peaches & James

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    There's a product called I believe"No Gunk," available at car shops or my Walgreen's that removes the glue from bandaids once they are off. I wonder if it would help you, once the bandage is loose, to get it off. It seems to dissolve that stuff.
    Karen A/Publicist

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    • #3
      Originally posted by MaryH
      We're dealing with a somewhat difficult problem here - how do you remove bandages from your dog without hurting your pet?

      Sadie, as folks probably know, is the dog who just went through surgery for a luxating patella (aka - knees where the kneecap pops out too much). We're having to take bandages off of her on about a daily basis. Her vet recommends taking the bandages off entirely and letting it heal without being covered. Sadie, however, is a bit of a licker, and we don't want her to fuss with the staples holding her incision closed. Plus, her dog bed in her crate has a fleece cover, and I don't want to risk her getting fuzz in the incision from her staples catching on the dog bed, or worse yet, actually catching the dogbed on the staples and being unable to get it loose. So we're keeping the incision covered. Keeping it covered seems to work well for Sadie, EXCEPT for when we need to remove the bandages. They work themselves slightly loose, then you tape it, but the tape only halfway sticks, so that's even MORE stuff stuck to her that you need to remove. Instead, we'd PREFER to remove the old bandages once they get slightly loose, as it seems to take nearly a whole day for that to happen, and then put a new one on.

      The problem is the adhesive on bandages is so strong, it hurts her to take it off of her, as it catches on her fur and pulls.

      I know other folks around here have had to deal with bandages on their critters - what have you found works to help get them off????

      HELP!! Poor Sadie's skin thanks any suggestions!! So far, we've avoided causing her any damage, but it was a close one with the tape we tried yesterday to hold her bandages on. The poor baby was not happy!!

      -Mary
      I've used mineral oil in past to loosen bandages. The minerol oil won't hurt the skin and it helps make the gunk on the tapes soften enough to get them off. Of course if you're going to rebandage the wound then you'll need to make sure to get all the oil off otherwise it won't stick. Now when I worked at the vets office we used ether to lose the tape but that's certainly not a do-able thing at home.
      Marci DeLisle
      Cats/Rescue, Feral and Stray
      Camp Counselor at Camp Happy Cat
      Owner of NW Critter Sitter - "Paws-itively Purr-fect Pet-sitting"
      Owner of Northwind Reiki ~Animal Reiki for the fur-persons in your life!
      www.nwcrittersitter.com

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      • #4
        Is it possible to secure the dressings with something like Vetrap instead of adhesive tape?

        Diane
        and Wilson the sympathetic

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MarciD
          I've used mineral oil in past to loosen bandages. The minerol oil won't hurt the skin and it helps make the gunk on the tapes soften enough to get them off. Of course if you're going to rebandage the wound then you'll need to make sure to get all the oil off otherwise it won't stick. Now when I worked at the vets office we used ether to lose the tape but that's certainly not a do-able thing at home.
          What would you use to get the mineral oil off of the skin, or is just wiping it off likely to work??? I think I could try that without being too worried about her licking the skin afterwards.

          Yeah, all outta ether, so that one's not possible

          Thanks!!
          -Mary
          -------------------------------- Mary with Sadie , Elsie , Peaches & James

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DianeM
            Is it possible to secure the dressings with something like Vetrap instead of adhesive tape?

            Diane
            and Wilson the sympathetic
            Not really, with it being her knee - it'd be hard for me to wrap it well enough to hold for eight hours or more when we're at work this week. Plus, I need to have more of her skin visible, so I can keep an eye on the bruising and swelling, which comes and goes right now (well, the swelling comes and goes, not the bruising). I'd be concerned that wrapping it while it's not swollen will cause problems when it starts to swell. Thankfully, icing it and massaging it is keeping the swelling down for the most part, but I'd be afraid to put anything that might constrict on it.

            Good idea for later, though, when we're not as worried about the swelling.

            -Mary
            -------------------------------- Mary with Sadie , Elsie , Peaches & James

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            • #7
              Originally posted by KarenA
              There's a product called I believe"No Gunk," available at car shops or my Walgreen's that removes the glue from bandaids once they are off. I wonder if it would help you, once the bandage is loose, to get it off. It seems to dissolve that stuff.
              I've got some of that, but I'd worry about her licking it.... I'll have to check the ingredients list if the mineral oil suggestion doesn't work.

              Thanks, though!

              -Mary
              -------------------------------- Mary with Sadie , Elsie , Peaches & James

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              • #8
                Just a thought, but perhaps 3% hydrogen peroxide might work. I know it works to dissolve blood on bandages so they can be removed without tearing the scab. Can't remember if it also works on adhesives or not.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MaryH
                  What would you use to get the mineral oil off of the skin, or is just wiping it off likely to work??? I think I could try that without being too worried about her licking the skin afterwards.

                  Yeah, all outta ether, so that one's not possible

                  Thanks!!
                  -Mary
                  A little mild soap with some water should wash off the mineral oil ... at least anything that couldn't be wiped off. What I like about using the mineral oil is that if they do lick it there's going to be no harm done. And if you don't have mineral oil a little cooking oil will work just fine too. Again, no harm if they do happen to lick it.
                  Marci DeLisle
                  Cats/Rescue, Feral and Stray
                  Camp Counselor at Camp Happy Cat
                  Owner of NW Critter Sitter - "Paws-itively Purr-fect Pet-sitting"
                  Owner of Northwind Reiki ~Animal Reiki for the fur-persons in your life!
                  www.nwcrittersitter.com

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                  • #10
                    HI Mary
                    Did the vet ever say what caused Sadie's knee to go wrong in the first place?
                    Just interested in reading that Tilly had the same op.
                    Julia

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                    • #11
                      Infected anal gland?

                      I'm taking Brams to the vet next Wednesday about a swelling just under his bottom, to one side.
                      My searches on the Internet suggest that it might be an infected anal gland.
                      It doesn't seem to hurt him at all when I touch the area and it feels like some jelly-like blob. The other side of his bottom, in contrast, is firm and flat.
                      I'm a bit concerned that it might need operating on, seeing as I have abandoned his insurance, but maybe the vet will try the usual routine of anti-biotics first.
                      Has anyone any experience of this problem, if it is that?
                      Julia

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Wandle
                        I'm taking Brams to the vet next Wednesday about a swelling just under his bottom, to one side.
                        My searches on the Internet suggest that it might be an infected anal gland.
                        It doesn't seem to hurt him at all when I touch the area and it feels like some jelly-like blob. The other side of his bottom, in contrast, is firm and flat.
                        I'm a bit concerned that it might need operating on, seeing as I have abandoned his insurance, but maybe the vet will try the usual routine of anti-biotics first.
                        Has anyone any experience of this problem, if it is that?
                        Julia
                        I'm not sure. I know we've had fatty tumors on almost all of our older dogs, so I suppose it could be that.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by calicokitty
                          Just a thought, but perhaps 3% hydrogen peroxide might work. I know it works to dissolve blood on bandages so they can be removed without tearing the scab. Can't remember if it also works on adhesives or not.
                          Ooh, that's a thought!! And that would come off cleanly, too.

                          -Mary
                          -------------------------------- Mary with Sadie , Elsie , Peaches & James

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MarciD
                            A little mild soap with some water should wash off the mineral oil ... at least anything that couldn't be wiped off. What I like about using the mineral oil is that if they do lick it there's going to be no harm done. And if you don't have mineral oil a little cooking oil will work just fine too. Again, no harm if they do happen to lick it.
                            When I went to the store today to pick up some mineral oil, I was thinking just that, and guess what I found? Mineral oil laxative, which means no fragrances added!! So it's just mineral oil, that's it! I'm far less worried about using that on her bandages since it's meant to be ingested, at least by humans. A couple of licks while she's figuring out what I was doing is far less likely to cause her problems!

                            -Mary
                            -------------------------------- Mary with Sadie , Elsie , Peaches & James

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MaryH
                              When I went to the store today to pick up some mineral oil, I was thinking just that, and guess what I found? Mineral oil laxative, which means no fragrances added!! So it's just mineral oil, that's it! I'm far less worried about using that on her bandages since it's meant to be ingested, at least by humans. A couple of licks while she's figuring out what I was doing is far less likely to cause her problems!

                              -Mary
                              Yup, that's why I've always used the mineral oil ... it's meant to be ingested in small amounts so isn't going to harm an animal in any way. I use it to clean kitty ear also. Needless to say I always have a jug of it around the house Gail is currently using in small amounts for her kitty, Ootay who has constipation problems. It's a very versatil product to keep on hand.
                              Marci DeLisle
                              Cats/Rescue, Feral and Stray
                              Camp Counselor at Camp Happy Cat
                              Owner of NW Critter Sitter - "Paws-itively Purr-fect Pet-sitting"
                              Owner of Northwind Reiki ~Animal Reiki for the fur-persons in your life!
                              www.nwcrittersitter.com

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