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.
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.