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VIDEO: First Aid for greyhounds (Part 2) – Emergency bandaging

Greyhound Racing Victoria’s second first aid video featuring experienced greyhound vet Dr. Chris Boemo focuses on bandaging.

While there is an On Track Vet (OTV) at every Victorian greyhound race meeting, injuries can occur when there isn’t a vet on hand – such as at home or at a trial track – and this is where having a suitably stocked first aid kit on hand for procedures such as bandaging and splinting is imperative.

Equally as important is knowing how to apply materials within your first aid kit, and in this video Dr. Boemo demonstrates how to bandage a greyhound, which can be extremely beneficial prior to seeking diagnosis from a vet.

“Depending on the severity (of an injury), it might be preferable to treat your dog there and then to avoid too much blood loss,” Dr. Boemo said.

“If there’s a bleed from a major vein where there’s a large amount of blood loss through a laceration, or if there’s a large amount of swelling developing very quickly indicating bleeding under the skin, it’s best to treat that injury fairly quickly.”

“If it’s a small spike wound or a graze it might not be a major issue. But if there’s an arterial bleed or a bleed from a major vein where there’s a large amount of blood loss through a laceration, or if there’s a large amount of swelling developing very quickly indicating bleeding under the skin, it’s best to treat that injury fairly quickly.”

Dr. Boemo demonstrates how tight to apply bandages and explains the benefits of icing certain injuries.

“Icing is beneficial for tears to muscles such as the monkey muscle, triangle muscle or back muscle. It’s best to rest the injured area to prevent blood flow to that area, and icing will assist with that,” he said.

Practising bandaging on a healthy greyhound will help prepare you for certain emergency situations, and taking an injured greyhound to see a vet as soon as is practical, ideally on the same day the injury occurs, is crucial to your dog’s chances of making a full recovery.

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RELATED: First Aid for greyhounds (Part 1) – Essential items you need

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STILL TO COME IN THIS SERIES…
First Aid for greyhounds (Part 3) – Emergency splinting
First Aid for greyhounds (Part 4) – Preventing, detecting and treating Acidosis

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