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3M Vetbond Tissue Adhesive

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3M Vetbond Tissue Adhesive

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Company: 3M

Cyanoacrylate. DANGER! Bonds skin and eyes in seconds. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. Combustible. May irritate eyes, skin, nose and throat.


Avoid eye and skin contact. If eyelids are bonded, do not force open. In case of skin bonding, quickly soak in warm water and avoid excessive force to free bonded area. Keep away from heat and flame. Avoid breathing vapors. Use only with adequate ventilation. Do not swallow. Wash thoroughly after handling.


Eye Contact: DO NOT FORCE EYE OPEN. Immediately flush eyes with large amounts of water for at least 15 minutes. Get immediate medical attention. Skin Contact: Carefully remove contaminated clothing. Immediately flush skin with large amounts of water. DO NOT FORCE SKIN APART. Soak skin in warm soapy water to remove cured product. Get medical attention. Inhalation: Remove person to fresh air. If signs/symptoms develop, get medical attention. If Swallowed: Rinse mouth. Do not induce vomiting. Get medical attention.


3M™ Vetbond™ Tissue Adhesive is an n-butyl cyanoacrylate adhesive used to bond tissue together for veterinary procedures (i.e. cat declaws, lacerations, abrasions, suture/staple line sealing, tooth extractions, oral surgeries, and dewclaw removal) Tissue adhesive is sloughed as healing occurs.


Product can be refrigerated or frozen to extend shelf life before opening. Store bottle upright on a shelf in a cool dry place (away from heat). After opening, DO NOT RETURN PRODUCT TO REFRIGERATOR.

NOTE: A white chalky material may form on the outside of the bottle. This is normal and does not compromise the effectiveness or integrity of the tissue adhesive.


DO NOT USE internally, on infected and/or deep puncture wounds, or below the epidermal layer. DO NOT USE in the presence of soaps, cotton products (gauze, cotton tipped applicators, clothing, towels. etc.), or polyurethane foam.

DO NOT USE if product is past its expiration date, or appears thicker than water at room temperature.

USE ONLY at room temperature. Do not heat.

1. Avoid contact of adhesive with instruments, gloves, and surgical instruments. Polymerized adhesive on instruments can be removed by soaking in acetone.

2. Remove bottle cap by holding the bottle upright in one hand, and twisting the nozzle cap counter-clockwise with the other hand. Place flexible applicator tip on bottle.

3. Vetbond tissue adhesive may be used between stainless steel staples, but adhesive on staples may interfere with staple removal.

4. When finished, remove excess adhesive in tip by holding bottle upright and gently squeezing a single drop onto a paper towel. Wipe bottle tip with paper towel. Replace bottle cap. Expel adhesive from applicator tip by pushing air through it from a standard syringe.

Wound/Surgical Application:

1. Clip hair from site. Wash with anti-bacterial soap, rinse and dry.

2. Apply preoperative prep. Allow the prep solution to dry completely prior to surgery.

3. After the surgical procedure is complete, approximate the edges of the wound/surgical incision.

4. Application site should be free of excess fluids for best adhesion and to avoid an excessive exothermic (heatgenerating) reaction.

5. Apply Vetbond adhesive sparingly to the surface of the site to form a thin layer. Thick applications will crack and lift prematurely.

6. Avoid touching moist surfaces with the applicator tip.

Declaw Application:

1. Prepare surgical site as usual and amputate claws using routine surgical procedure.

2. Remove as much blood as possible from incision site by blotting.

3. Approximate the edges of the wound/surgical site and sparingly apply Vetbond adhesive to cut surfaces of the skin using the plastic applicator tip provided. One drop for each digit should be sufficient. CAUTION: Do not allow Vetbond adhesive to drip into the cavity. Any residual adhesive below the closure site can cause foreign body reactions. Do not glue hair into site.

4. Hold skin edges together for 5-10 seconds.

5. After completing the procedure, check for bleeding and reapply a drop of adhesive to the skin edges if necessary.

Bleeding will normally stop within 5-10 minutes. Sutures or dressings are usually not needed, but a pressure bandage may be applied if warranted.

For Veterinary Use Only

3M Animal Care, 3M Center, Building 223-5N-03, St. Paul, MN 55144-1000 U.S.A.


3M and Vetbond are trademarks of 3M. Used under license in Canada.

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0.1 U.S. FL OZ (3 mL)



CPN: 1138004.2

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