Because the screws, nuts, and supports can stick out and catch on things, the long support screws are padded with foam and then wrapped with vet wrap to cushion them. I found that I also had to apply a small piece of foam padding and vet warp to one of the nuts on the top ring because it would cut into Taj's shoulder if he moved the leg at certain angles.
The areas where the pins breach the skin have to be kept as clean as possible. This means that you cannot let your dog lick the pin sites. Currently, we use the large plastic e-collar (aka lamp shade head) that the vet has given us to prevent this. There are some alternatives to the plastic e-collar that I will discuss on future posts!
|Pin Sites Before Cleaning|
|Cleaning with Diluted Chlorhexidine Solution|
|Using Gentle Dabbing to Clean around the Pin Sites and Remove Discharge and Dried Blood|
|Discharge (Blood and or Clear Fluid or a Mix) is Normal|
|Applying Antibiotic Ointment to the Cleaned Pin Sites|
The last step after cleaning is to apply a thin layer of triple antibiotic ointment around all the pin sites. Again, I would use q-tips although it is tricky to navigate and only get a small amount on! Most importantly, do not let your dog lick especially after cleaning the sites!
|Make sure to get around the Entire Pin|
|Successfully Cleaned Pin with Ointment Applied|