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How To Change Tie-over Bandage On Dogs

Wile E. Wyatt Ray apparently kept removing his bandages after his fistulous tract biopsy. The staff at Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital finally solved the problem of him eating them with two solutions – the double cone of shame treatment, and a tie-over bandage his doctor referred to as a Coyote Bandage.

Double Cone of Shame for Wyatt

Tie-over Bandage Dressing Wound Care

The tie-over bandage is a solution vets often use to protect surgical wounds in difficult locations, such as the incision Wyatt had in his perineum.

The technique involves placing multiple, loose sutures into the healthy skin surrounding the wound. These sutures provide loops to which the bandage is secured. Sterile dressing is applied directly to the wound. This protective layer is then secured in place by lacing umbilical tape through each of the suture loops. The tape is then tied to itself to provide a firmly attached bandage.

Coyote Tie Over Bnadage for Perianal Fistulous Tract

If the bandage is in a location certain to soil quickly, like on Wyatt’s butt, the whole thing can be covered with a dressing retention tape such as Hypafix.

The coyote bandage may or may not be used to dress limb amputation incisions, depending upon their location, but it is likely to be used for post-op care of larger biopsy surgeries or subcutaneuos tumor removal.

Coyote Tie Over Bnadage for Perianal Fistulous Tract

Tips for Changing Tie-over Bandages

Wyatt was surprisingly tolerant of us changing his bandage every day. The following tips may prove helpful should you find yourself having to do the same with your dog.

  • Place all supplies on a paper towel before you begin, in a well lit clean area.
  • Use a muzzle and/or a calming cap to keep him sedate during the procedure.
  • Use adhesive remover prep pads to assist in removal of any tape used. Lift a corner of the tape and run the pad under the adhesive while slowly lifting the tape.
  • Use small sharp scissors to cut lacing between loops. Surgical snips with rounded tips can help prevent injuring or startling your dog if you accidentally poke him.
  • Be careful not to cut the suture loops when removing laced umbilical tape.
  • Use ample gauze/dressing to prevent suture loops from cinching close together, making it difficut to cut lacing without cutting the loops.
  • Use sterile prep pads or iodine wipes to clean around the wound before rebandaging, taking care not to apply anything directly to the incision.
  • Use tweezers to aid in lacing umbilical tape through the suture loops.
  • Place a small piece of gauze over the laced up bandage before applying dressing tape to prevent adhesive from sticking to suture loops upon removal.
  • Wear examination gloves to avoid contamination of open wound or spreading bacteria elsewhere.
  • Provide plenty of praise and treats when you are done!

You Will Need:

  • Latex examination gloves
  • Adhesive remover prep pads
  • Sterile dressing or gauze bandages cut to size
  • Appropriate pre-cut length of umbilical tape
  • Dressing retention adhesive tape cut to size
  • Small scissors
  • Tweezers

If your vet has used a tie-over bandage, and your discharge instructions include changing the dressing, please ask to see a demonstration or review the procedure. This information is not a substitute for medical care or treatment advice provided by a qualified veterinary professional. Always seek the advice of a licensed veterinarian prior to making any medical decisions for your dog or undergoing any treatments or therapies, or if you have questions about your dog’s health.

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4 thoughts on “How To Change Tie-over Bandage On Dogs”

    • Oh good to know! Are you having to change it? I’m so glad he’s happier, poor guy’s been through so much (and you as well). Keep up the healing!

  1. |Hi there,
    We rescued a pup that has a deformed front leg,and probally is facing it to be amputated.I was wondering if we should get him a soft sided kennel or play pen to help keep him safe while he recovers? Any tips or ideas would be super,we want to be prepared.
    We are also looking for a foster to adopt for him once we get him thru this,we are in Victoria BC,Canada…any thoughts to were to look for approaite people who would be interested? Hes a sweet baby,10 weeks now,boxer/pit bull cross.


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