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post #1 of 9 Old 11-14-2010, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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How to keep bandage on upper leg

Hi all

Comanche got seriously injured earlier this week. We had to get a vet from 2 yrs away to come perform surgery on him.

Well she gave us elastikon to help keep a gauze pad up at the top of the wound, however, we are now out of that and she wont be back for two days. We have been unable to locate anyone in the area who can get it for me before Tuesday (today is Sunday).

Anyone know what we can use that would adhere as well as elastikon?

Or ideas as to how to keep the bandage up there? Its right where his leg meets the under side of the chest.

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post #2 of 9 Old 11-14-2010, 09:10 AM
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If you have a feed store/horse supply place around, you can use vet wrap type tape. It's elastic and holds very's usually 4" wide, though, so you may need to cut it if you need something narrow.

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post #3 of 9 Old 11-14-2010, 09:27 AM
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If you're out of range of a horse supply store, they do make a similar product for humans that you can get at Walmart. You could also try an Ace bandage but the self adhesive bandage would work better. Its going to be more expensive than vet wrap but it will work just the same.

Hope Comanche heals quickly

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post #4 of 9 Old 11-15-2010, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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*graphics pics added*

So you can see what I mean, its this area up here that the vet wrap wont stay on because it slides down with any little movement.


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Maybe pantyhose? Cut a hole at the bottom where the foot normally goes and slide it on with some gauze or something underneath it. I haven't ever tried it though, so I'm not sure how it'll work.

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post #6 of 9 Old 11-15-2010, 03:56 PM
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Ooo ouch. :( I read about someone who used old panty hose to hold a wrap in place, but don't know if this is too high up for that.....Good luck, hope it all heals well!

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post #7 of 9 Old 11-15-2010, 03:58 PM
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I believe you can order elastikon from KV vet supply.

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I am sure they offer over night shipping.

I would guess you can probably buy it at any human drug store also.

Until then, put a wrap on the lower portion of the leg, that will help keep the bandage on the upper part of the leg.
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Is it possible for you to make a square of vet wrap and gauze and then just use some medical tape (that does not have too strong of an adhesive) to hold it in place? The medical tape would just stick to the hair I'm assuming but I don't know if it would actually work. I would want to keep that covered and clean though, that's a nasty cut!
Sorry to hear about that :/

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post #9 of 9 Old 11-15-2010, 08:50 PM
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Duct tape? Put some on either side of the wound, then gauze, then duct tape over the gauze and onto the first layer of duct tape. Then you can leave the first layer on and just replace the gauze and top layer of duct tape as you need to and won't be pulling his hair every time. That's what I would try.
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