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Help Keeping Bandages Dry and Clean!

post #1 of 7
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Hello,

Last week my 5y.o. Luke broke 4 bones in his front paw after a bar stool fell on him (you can blame his brother for that one). They put on a splint and full bandages for his entire arm - http://www.flickr.com/photos/nikescream/3349819174/ - 6 days later he got his bandages wet because his favorite activity is playing with the water bowl/fountain. So yesterday I went back to the vet and they put new bandages...Less than 24 hours later he was able to take the entire thing off. I went back to the vet today and the took more xrays and decided it would be best to sedate him again and realign the bones in order for them to heal correctly. Now he has new bandages and everything and the goal is to keep it clean and dry for at least 3 weeks or so to allow some of the healing to take place. I turned off the water fountain and placed it higher making it more difficult for him to put his paw in the bowl and put less water in the bowl. Are there any other suggestions to keep his bandages dry from both the fountain and the litter box?

post #2 of 7
Aww, poor Luke!

When QT broke her leg she was forced to stay confined in her cage until the bone was mended enough to allow her to walk. Is it possible to do that for Luke? This way you can bring his water and watch him drink without getting his bandages wet.

Sending lots of get well
post #3 of 7
well... all i can think of is baggies or plastic wrap - but he'd probably try to take that off, as well, & ingesting that plastic would lead to a host of other, expensive problems.
post #4 of 7
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Well thankfully I think (hope) I have the water bowl situation solved by raising the bowl on a platform in order to make it more difficult for him to get his leg in there. I also put clean rocks in the bowl so he has to lick between the rocks and reduces the availability of a pool of water.

Neither of the vets suggested crate rest (which didn't even cross my mind until I spent hours reading this forum last night) and I think his current situation works just as well as crate. If I we have more problems though I surely may have to reconsider the crate option!

The one thing I haven't solved is the tip of his cast/bandage seems get to a little wet and dirty after he uses the litter box. I wonder if there is some sort of super duper absorbent litter I can use that might help??

As for using plastic to cover his arm..We tried saran wrap which we thought was an ingenious idea until we were told that it would be just as bas as getting it wet since moisture would build up because of the lack of air circulation which would cause skin problems.

Thanks for the thoughts and suggestions!
post #5 of 7
If you think he'd transition easy to the tidy cats breeze box it might help with the litter issue--no moisture etc

Leslie
post #6 of 7
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If you think he'd transition easy to the tidy cats breeze box it might help with the litter issue--no moisture etc

Leslie
I will give that a try..Thanks for the suggestion!
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I also put holes on the side of the cup in order for it to breath.
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