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What is vet wrap? :
Vet wrap is a colourful, self-adherent bandaging tape used in veterinary care. It comes in several sizes - 2in (5cm) , 3in (7.5cm) and 4inches (10cm) wide, and in many different colours. It also comes in 2 choices of length, 3m and 4.5m.
Vet wrap is generally used on injuries to limbs, for use when poulticing and to cover and hold dressings in place while a would heals. It can also be used on other areas such as the stomach in smaller animals. It can be used on many animals, from cats and dogs to horses and cows. Vet wrap is strong, but does not inhibit circulation (as long as it is applied correctly) flexible, and does not absorb water, and is lightweight. It helps keep wounds clean and dry while healing.
I am a vet student and love this stuff, when my cat injured his tail last year he had a green and red tail for a while! Due to vet wrap's cohesive properties, it sticks to itself and no the animals skin/hair, so my cat's tail didn't have a big bald patch when his long hair would have had to have been shaved if it was sticky.
Using vet wrap is very simple, just hold the dressing in place, and wrap like a normal bandage, before cutting the end and pressing it against another part of the bandage where it will stick. Another advantage of it not needing any pins/knots to tie, is that it is more difficult for your pet to bite the vet wrap off, and cause themselves damage while their wound is healing.
Price and Availability:
Vet wrap can be purchased from vet clinics, farm feed stores and online pet shops, as well as Amazon. It is very good value at around £3 per roll. There are other brands of similar bandage tape, but vet wrap is the original.
I would rate 6/5 if I could! Great stuff that I will definitely be using a lot in the future.
When you have horses one vital item for your equine first aid kit is a product called vet wrap. It is also known under other various names such as equi wrap but despite which brand you buy from it tends to do exactly the same thing! Vet wrap is mostly used when bandaging, I have generally used it when having to bandage a hoof which has an abcess so I always tend to have a couple of packs spare just in case.
But what is it? 3M Vetwrap is a cohesive bandage making it much easier to help bandage an affected area. It is not just used for equines but also on other animals and is readily used in veterinary practices. It is able to provide the softness of its strength combined with conformability making it especially ideal for equine use. The layers of 3M Vetwrap bond together with provide maximum holding support and it means that they stay put once applied.
3M Vetwrap comes in clear packaging and simply looks like any other bandage wrapped in a packet whether for animal use or human use. You can choose from a variety of colours, I currently have black and turquoise in my collection currently but they sky is the limit as to what colours you can purchase! Once out of the packaging the vetwrap does have a slight sticky feeling although it is a completely dry bandage the cohesiveness does make it a little sticky!
Unfortunately my recent use of the 3M Vetwrap was not on one of my horses but actually on one of my cats! My poor little tabby had to have part of her tail amputated and despite her coming home with a bandaged tail, the bandage applied by the vets came off within a day and in order to keep her wound dry and infection free I bought back a packet of the vetwrap from the yard to re-bandage her tail in lovely bright turquoise!
The 3M Vetwrap is incredibly easy to use, once out of the packet you simply need to find the one end of the vetwrap and carefully peel away, it doesn't come away without a little force due to it being cohesive but once you are unravelling you will find it easy to bandage. When you have the area you need to bandage simply apply the first part of the vetwrap make sure you still have hold of it and then bandage it over as if you would with using a normal bandage.
Because it is a cohesive bandage the great thing is you don't have to worry about using any tape or anything like it, the vetwrap simply sticks. On my cats tail I simply use a medical pad on her tail and wound and then used the vetwrap to keep it secure. It is vital that you don't do it too tight on any animal as apart from it being uncomfortable it will affect the blood circulation and when injured this is vital! Once you have finished applying the 3M Vetwrap simply cut the bandage with scissors (it won't tear) and then that's it, no need for tape or anything else!
I have been using 3M Vetwrap for over 15 years on my horses and I have used it several times on my dogs and now my cat and I have never once had any problems with it. It is incredibly easy to use and it is problem free. It makes bandaging a problem area so much easier when it is cohesive and when you don't have to worry about using anything else. It is incredibly strong and I haven't had any problems with it when using to bandage hooves as it is so strong but equally as flexible. I really can't complain.
This is a definite must have product when you own horses or even smaller animals such as dogs. I never run short as I know how useful and how vital the 3M Vetwraps are. They don't cost the earth either at around £1.99 each, even if you buy a couple and don't use them for a year or so you aren't breaking the bank and they are vital if a horse has an abcess or similar problem. Definitely a recommendation, 5 stars from me (and my cat!).
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Price: From £1.99 depending where you buy
Availability: Online or any good equestrian store