When we need to bandage a patient's tail to prevent further trauma, we use a homemade pop bottle bandage. To make it, we cut
the bottom 2 in off a 20-oz pop bottle, remove the cap and the ring under the cap, thoroughly clean the bottle, and cover
all the cutoff edges with elastic tape (Elastikon—Johnson & Johnson). We slide the patient's tail through the bottle opening
and wrap the elastic tape about 1.5 in up the tail. By bandaging the tail this way, the owner is still able to apply medication
and air can still reach the damaged skin, but the tail is protected from further trauma caused by happy wagging.
Brenda Girard, LVT
Amy Taylor, LVT
St. Clair Shores, Mich.