Idea Exchange: Use surgical gowns to support older or nonambulatory pets

Idea Exchange: Use surgical gowns to support older or nonambulatory pets

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Apr 01, 2008
By dvm360.com staff

Use surgical gowns to support older or nonambulatory pets

We needed a way to support dogs that are nonambulatory or very weak in the hindlimbs, so I made slings by rolling up the main torso parts of old surgical gowns and wrapping them in Vetrap (3M). We use the arms of the gowns to hold patients up. These makeshift slings allow us to support a patient while it walks, assist older dogs so they don't slip, help with rehabilitation after orthopedic surgeries, or keep a dog in a standing position for a neurologic exam. We even send these slings home with owners.

Dr. Emily Hoppmann
Columbia, S.C.