|Immerse Vet-Lite in warm water (70°C - 160°F) to soften it.|
|Use pliers to remove Vet-Lite from water.|
|Allow the water to drain from the Vet-Lite rolls or sheets.|
|To relieve pressure points, smooth rough areas, or adjust as necessary; if required, apply a moderate heat source across the relevant area using a circular motion. When the material has softened, the cast may be adjusted as necessary.|
|To remove the cast, standard cast room instruments may be used: serrated edge plaster shears or electric cast saw with standard blade.|
Casts for pets
|Recommended number of layer: 1 layer for a cat; 2 to 4 layers for a dog.|
|Stick an adhesive ribbon on the distal part of the limb and let an extra 10 cm hanging down.|
|Apply the stockinette avoiding any crease and exceeding the length of the cast. Wrap with foam padding with 50% overlap. Two - three layers will be sufficient. Extra layers should protect any sensitive prominence.|
The limb should
be wrapped including the metacarpals and phalanges.
Only distal phalanges 3 and 4 will remain uncovered. The limb will be immobilised in a physiological position (slight elbow and carpus flexion and slight pronation).
|Apply Vet-Lite starting at the distal side of the limb. Working time: 3-4 minutes. Weight bearing time: 20 minutes (further reduced by applying cold water on the cast). The flexibility of the mesh structure allows for moulding over all and difficult areas. Continue to wrap using 50% overlap throughout.|
|Whilst Vet-Lite is still soft, roll the proximal remaining stockinette and foam back together with 0.5 cm (0.2 in) of Vet-Lite to form the edge.The extra 10 cm of adhesive ribbon and remaining stockinette will be folded over and attached above the cast and fastened by an wrapping adhesive ribbon.|
|Use a stirrup to prevent any digital damage : a steel bar of 2-3 mm for a cat, a 6 mm aluminium bar for medium dogs, a 9 mm aluminium bar for large dogs. The stirrup will be firmly fixed with a layer of Vet-Lite. Some rubber (garden hose) placed on the stirrup will avoid any slip.|
|The Veterinarian should pay attention that no swelling occurs to the uncovered phalanges.|
|Stick an adhesive ribbon on the distal part of the limb and let an extra 10cm hanging down.|
Apply the stockinette
avoiding any crease. Cover with foam padding with 50% overlap.
Two - three layers will be sufficient. Extra layers should protect any bony prominences.
|Cut Vet-Lite sheets in a triangle following the curve of the limb. Use 2 or 3 layers depending on the size of the animal.|
|The sheets should be cut a little longer than the finished splint; this will allow to fold over the Vet-Lite sheet for a rounded border.|
|Make a strengthening corner ribbon on the splint main axis and apply the splint on the anterior face of the limb.|
The extra 10 cm of adhesive ribbon will be folded over and attached above the cast.
Secure the splint with a Velpo wrapping.