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Vet Wrap for Dogs

Vetrap is a medical product that all dog owners should include in their dog's first aid kit. This product, known worldwide, is also the preferred brand for most veterinarians.

Identification

Vetrap is a special bandaging tape made of natural rubber latex. This product, trademarked and manufactured by the 3M Company since 1968, can be purchased in pet stores, vet clinics or online.

Features

Vetrap comes in rolls of different sizes and different colours. Because Vetrap is a self-adhering tape, there is no need for adhesives or special fasteners to secure it.

Benefits

Vetrap will not stick to hair and its elasticity allows it to fit securely in difficult-to-bandage areas without loosening. Thanks to its light and porous material, it allows the skin to breath without absorbing moisture, therefore, preventing harmful bacteria growth.

Use

Vetrap can be used to provide support in case of sprains and fractures, protect wounds and hold sterile dressings in place. It can also be used to inhibit bleeding by applying pressure through proper padding without interfering with circulation.

Warnings

To fit Vetrap correctly without constricting, it should be applied at approximately 50 per cent stretch, leaving the last wrap with no tension, and pressing it firmly into place, according to Doctors Foster and Smith. Also, it is important to not apply Vetrap directly on open wounds.

Also Known As

As a trademarked product of the 3M Company, Vetrap is the official name, but generically it is often called vet wrap.

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About the Author

Adrienne Farricelli has been writing for magazines, books and online publications since 2005. She specializes in canine topics, previously working for the American Animal Hospital Association and receiving certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Her articles have appeared in "USA Today," "The APDT Chronicle of the Dog" and "Every Dog Magazine." She also contributed a chapter in the book " Puppy Socialization - An Insider's Guide to Dog Behavioral Fitness" by Caryl Wolff.