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Vetbond Tissue Adhesive (Canada)

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Vetbond Tissue Adhesive

This treatment applies to the following species:
Manufacturer: 3M

Active Ingredient(s): Each vial of VETBOND™ Tissue Adhesive contains 3 mL (approx. 0.1 fl. oz.) of product and dispenses approximately 150 drops.

Vetbond Tissue Adhesive Indications

VETBOND™ Tissue Adhesive is an n-butyl cyanoacrylate adhesive which can be used to bond tissue together in a variety of veterinary procedures. It contains a blue dye which allows the user to see where the product has been applied and gauge the amount used.

VETBOND™ Tissue Adhesive is indicated for use by veterinarians in applications including, but not limited to: cat declaws, lacerations and abrasions, sealing surgical incisions, tooth extraction and other oral surgery, and dew claw removal.

Dosage and Administration

General Instructions for Use:

1. Allow the dropper bottle to come to room temperature before using. Cooler adhesive will take longer to polymerize. Do not heat VETBOND™ Tissue Adhesive to bring it to room temperature.

2. Remove the cap and cut off the tip of the applicator to give the drop size needed. Be careful not to squeeze the bottle as this is done because adhesive may squirt out of the top. If a longer tip or finer droplet is needed for accuracy, use a disposable syringe with a 26- or 30-gauge needle.

3. The application site should be free of excess fluids for the best performance of the adhesive. Excessive fluids exert a weakening effect on the bond strength. A saline wash or preparatory solution may be used prior to surgery as long as the surgical site is blotted dry before applying the adhesive.

4. Apply the adhesive sparingly (e.g., 1 drop per digit in a cat declaw procedure) to the site to form a thin film. This enhances the bonding action. Thick applications tend to crack and lift prematurely.

5. Avoid touching the moist surfaces with the applicator tip since this could clog the tip.

6. Although VETBOND™ Tissue Adhesive is a haemostatic, it may not stop the bleeding from large arteries. Further, it is not intended to replace sutures in every case, but may be used to approximate wound edges between sutures and also for bandage-free sutureless cat declaw procedures (see directions in the next section).

7. When the procedures are complete, remove the excess adhesive in vial tip by holding the bottle upright and gently squeezing the single drop of adhesive out of the tip into a paper towel. This will help prevent the tip from clogging.

8. Replace the cap and store the vial away from heat (in a cool, dry location, if possible). Do not return the bottle to the refrigerator.

Recommended Sutureless Cat Declaw Procedure:

1. Anaesthetic Recommendations: For optimum product performance, use an anaesthetic that allows a smooth recovery and a long-acting tranquilizer that keeps the animal relatively sedated during the post-operative period.

2. Preparation of Surgical Sites:

a. Prepare the foreleg for surgery in the routine manner.

b. Soap and water or antiseptics may be used, provided that the surgical sites are blotted dry before VETBOND™ Tissue Adhesive is applied. These agents must not be applied after claws are amputated because they could interfere with the polymerization of the adhesive.

3. Surgical Procedure:

a. Squeeze the limb to remove the venous blood and apply a tourniquet tightly above the elbow and hock joints.

b. Amputate the claws using routine surgical procedure.

c. Treat each wound cavity as follows:

(1) If the incision is quite bloody, remove as much blood as possible by swabbing with a saline-soaked, cotton-tipped applicator.

(2) Hold the wound open and apply VETBOND™ Tissue Adhesive to the cut surface and bone within the cavity - use one (1) drop on each digit. See General Instructions for Use.

Do not glue hair into the site. Preparing the area prior to surgery as described in 2.b. helps to hold the hair down, out of the way. If it is in the way, hair will wick the adhesive.

(3) Immediately after the adhesive application, press the skin edges over the bone with forceps and hold together for 5-10 seconds.

(4) Remove the tourniquet one (1) minute after treating the last cavity. Check for bleeding and re-apply a drop of adhesive if necessary, or apply slight pressure to the limb to stop oozing. Bleeding will usually stop within 5-10 minutes.

(5) Sutures or dressings are generally not needed.

Contraindication(s): Do not use VETBOND™ Tissue Adhesive on infected and/or deep puncture wounds.

VETBOND™ Tissue Adhesive may be used between stainless steel staples, but application of adhesive on staples may interfere with staple removal.

Precaution(s): Store in the refrigerator at 4°C (40°F) to extend the shelf life. Freezing (-18°C/0°F) will maintain shelf life indefinitely.

Allow to warm to room temperature before using. Do not re-refrigerate after opening, but protect from heat. Do not use if the adhesive appears thicker than water at room temperature. Thickened product has partially polymerized and would not be expected to form an acceptable tissue bond.


1. Avoid contact of the adhesive with the skin and eyes. Should accidental contact occur, the area should be wiped immediately with a paper towel. The adhesive may be removed from the skin with dimethylsulphoxide. If the adhesive accidently gets in the eyes, the eyelids should be held open and the eyes flushed thoroughly with water. An ophthalmologist should be consulted. To help avoid such an accident, place a damp towel over the eyes when the material is used on or near the patient's face.

2. Avoid inhaling vapours over long periods of time. The adhesive should be used in a well-ventilated area.

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

4. Avoid unnecessary contact of adhesive and tissue.

Presentation: 3 mL vials.

NAC No.: 11950130

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