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Must I remove dog catheter tape? If so, how?
alysoun posted:
My dog went to the vet for a routine dental today, but he is 14 years old and didn't have the best time of it. He was so upset that the vet techs couldn't get the catheter tape off his front paw as they normally would do immediately prior to checkout. (He kept snapping at everyone, so much so that they couldn't even put a muzzle on him.) They sent me home and assured me that my dog would pull the catheter tape off himself - but he is not doing so. How long can I leave it on without concern that it will harm his circulation? If I must remove it, does anyone have any tips for doing so without hurting or upsetting him?
Will Draper, DVM responded:
Alysoun- you should remove the tape. If it is vet wrap (clinging bandage), it should come off pretty easily without issue. If it's "white sticky" tape, I'd first recommend trying to work it off slowly while caressing his crown...comfort him as you do it (and it's even better if you have a second person to help you). He trusts you, so hopefully he'll react better with you than at his vet. You may soften the bandage and adhesive a bit by rubbing some warm water on and around the bandage. You can also rub a bit of alcohol on it to soften it and break down some of the adhesive- however if the bandage has caused any chaffing, this may burn him a bit. This will go even better with a second set of hands. Best of luck...keep us posted please.
Dr. Will
alysoun replied to Will Draper, DVM's response:
Thank you doctor. Turns out the tape was the least of my worries. I had to rush my dog to an emergency specialist vet yesterday and they determined he had contracted aspirant pneumonia apparently from the routine dental. There is a 75 percent chance he will pull thru with a couple days of intensive care. Thanks again for your advice and concern.


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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