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Home Care of Splints and Bandages

Splints, casts, and bandages are designed to protect and immobilize injured body parts and prevent self-mutilation from licking or chewing. A splint or cast actually bears the animal's weight.

Your pet cannot understand the function of a splint, cast, or bandage, and may attempt to get the device off in any way possible. It may shake, bite, pull, and push on the splint to try to remove it. Fortunately, most pets eventually accept such appliances.

Follow these steps to help preserve the splint, cast, or bandage:

Check your pet carefully three times a day:

Notify your veterinarian if any of the following occur: