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Robert Jones Bandage

Stanley E. Kim, BVSc, MS, DACVS University of Florida


November 2013
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Application of a traditional Robert Jones bandage can simply provide transient support of injuries distal to the elbow and stifle in dogs and cats. This bandage is commonly used for initial treatment of antebrachial and crural fractures and for fractures, instability, and luxations of the distal extremities.

When the bandage is applied correctly, compression is evenly distributed to underlying tissues. The compression and the bulk of the bandage address pain by providing early stability to the traumatized area.1,2 This bandage is also beneficial for minimizing or preventing local tissue edema and hemorrhage.1,2 The bandage should be maintained until definitive repair can be performed.

Related Article: Surgical Repair of Open Fractures

Although closed reduction of fractures is not necessary before application of the Robert Jones bandage, limb alignment should be as close to normal as possible.

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What You Will Need

  • White adhesive tape (1-inch wide)
  • Tongue depressor
  • 12-inch roll of cotton (for medium to large dogs) or 3–4 rolls of 2- to 4-inch cast padding (for cats and small dogs)
  • 2–3 rolls of 3- to 6-inch roll gauze
  • 1–2 rolls of self-adherent elasticized wrap
  • Bandage scissors
  • 2-inch adherent elastic tape (optional)
  • Clean disposable surgical gown sleeve (optional)

STANLEY E. KIM, BVSc, MS, DACVS, is assistant professor of small animal surgery at University of Florida, where he previously completed his residency in small animal surgery. His primary research interests are orthopedic biomechanics. Dr. Kim earned his veterinary degree from University of Sydney, Australia, and completed his internship at University of Guelph, Canada. 


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