This weekend I got to improvise some bandaging. Life happens. It is a holiday weekend and my vet supplies were down (OK forgot to check and replenish) the local pharmacy had limited options. Gauze bandages were not the best option according to my medical care giver. Rolled cotton bandage was unobtainium. In my case the sanitary pads worked like a charm. I asked the Pharmacist. He just smiled and nodded when asked if they were sterile? He understood the problem and said yes you can improvise. So I did. It's working. Plan to get more in varying sizes and restock the med chest.