How to make a waterproof bandage for a dog's foot

Updated March 23, 2017

When a dog’s paw is injured and bleeding, it is important for an owner to take actions to prevent the dog from scratching or chewing on the paw, as well as to protect the paw from further injury. A dog’s paw needs protection against water when an injury occurs to prevent infections, especially when the dog is outdoors.

Inspect the dog’s paw. If there is something stuck in the paw, such as a splinter or a piece of glass, consider the size of the material. For large pieces of glass, take the dog to the vet immediately. The paws can bleed heavily, so large problems should always be handled by a vet. For small items, like a splinter, grab a pair of tweezers and remove the item. If there is no item in the paw, but it is bleeding, tweezers are not necessary.

Wash the paw. Rinse it with plain water. Add some antiseptic to a cloth and gently clean the wound. This will help prevent infections in the paw.

Wrap the paw with cotton gauze. The cotton gauze helps stop the bleeding. Cover the whole paw and the area above the paw. Ensure the paw is completely covered and then tape the edge of the gauze with medical tap.

Bind a self-adhesive or plain bandage around the cotton gauze. This helps protect the cotton gauze and the foot. If using a plain bandage, tape it to hold it.

Wrap the bandage with duct tape or put a plastic bag over the paw and tape it closed. Duct tape or a plastic bag is used to waterproof the dressing when the dog is outdoors or in a wet environment.

Change the dressing every two to three days to keep the wound clean and to check for infection. If an infection starts, take your dog to the vet.

Things You'll Need

  • Tweezers (optional)
  • Antiseptic
  • Cloth
  • Cotton gauze
  • Medical tape
  • Self-adhesive bandage or regular bandage
  • Duct tape or plastic bag
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