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Furunculosis in Dogs and Cats

Herbal nutrition to help address furunculosis, boils and wounds on dogs and cats. 

The immune system is a complex army of cells found through out your pet’s body that provides a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites, toxins, foreign cells and cellular mutations (healthy cells which have mutated into irregular cells). The immune system is tasked with protecting EVERY cell in the animal body. 

A healthy immune system is resilient and powerful and up to the task of supporting normal, balanced function. The immune system is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated.  But even an animal with a highly developed immune system can experience dysfunction or failure. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk for disease to infection and autoimmune disease.   

Boils, also known as furuncle or furunculosis, is a skin infection that forms deep under skin. It starts as a small growth that eventually develops into a tender and hard lump. The lump becomes very painful and fills with pus. Your pet may become lethargic as the infection spreads. The pain will subside when the boil swells to its maximum size, softens and forms a head from where the pus will spurt and drain.

Weakened immunity, along with a bacterial, fungus or a parasitic infection are typically the main causes. Interdigital furunculosis (boils between the toes) can be caused by a bacterial infection. With a boil or furuncle, the pocket becomes filled with bacteria or foreign matter under the skin surface. Cats generally get these localized bacterial skin infections in bite and claw wounds during fights. Even though a bite/wound might not leave any puncture on the skin, it might lead to the development of painful boils underneath the skin surface. Cats and dogs, especially the more active ones, can often fall victim to a number of boils and abscesses. 

Parasitic, bacterial, allergens and demodicosis infections can all cause furnuncles to present. They are not life threatening but can be very painful for your dog or cat. It can usually heal on its own, provided your pet has a healthy immune system, and when pus presents, the pus drains on its own.  

Diet is also a common reason for the eruption of skin boils as poor quality food can create circumstances that allow skin infections to thrive.  A dog and cat that is nourished with a holistic diet (grain free; no corn, wheat, soy, colorants, additives) will likely have a healthy immune system and may avoid boils.

A boil is usually healed in one week time. Some cases take longer when the pus does not drain on its own. Boils that do not drain should be treated by a vet. If you attempt to lance the boil on your own, you may drive the infection deeper into the skin. 

Common reasons for boils/furunculosis/furuncles include: 

Lack of proper hygiene

Demodicosis infection/Demodectic mange

Poor quality diet

Commercial food high in fats, fillers, sugars and chemicals

Thyroid problems 

Parasitic infection

Bacterial infection

Reduced immune system

Persistent constipation

Exposure to various allergens and irritants


Unknown health problem

Diabetes mellitus

Bald patches in the fur

Symptoms of boils:

Shedding or excessive scratching

Scales, bald patches, or a rash

Severe dandruff or dry skin

Greasy/smelly coat even when bathed


Difficulty breathing


Significant change in skin color

Loose skin

Lump or swelling beneath skin

Persistent sore that will not heal

The skin of the lips, abdomen, or rectal area is yellow

Red or purple dots or splotches on his skin

Home remedies can help the speedy healing of the dog’s skin infection. A wash cloth dipped in hot water and applied to the boil will lessen the pain and hasten the “ripening” by drawing the pus close to the surface of the skin. Pet will likely try to lick the wound, so use an Elizabethan collar to prevent licking and spreading a secondary infection. 

Helpful Suggestions:

Start with nutritious, premium food. Avoid feeding big box or grocery store commercial food.

Keep your beg bathed regularly (pet shampoo only) and keep bowls, bedding and litter boxes clean. 

Do not squeeze or lance a boil at home. Keep the affected area clean, do not pick or scrub it. See your vet.

Apply warm compresses on the affected area for five minutes after every few hours. It will soften the tissue and help the boils to rupture and drain.

Mix a teaspoon of salt or boric acid to a cup of hot water. Dab it in a washcloth and apply to the inflamed and infected areas.

Use an immune boosting herb that includes a natural antibiotic.

If the boils do not heal after two days, immediately notify your veterinarian. The infection might easily grow and spread, if neglected.

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Marine and herbal extracts function as natural, first aid tools and as an antiseptic, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-Candidal,  natural plant-based antibiotic, natural plant-based steroid and anti-inflammatory against infection, helping keep wounds clean and dry; may help soothe skin and coat; may help support the natural healing process; may help soothe nerve pain associated with wounds and infections; may help promote healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats; may help to maintain healthy and strong skin, bones, claws, fur and hair follicle health, and may help support healthy cellular and immune response. 

First Aid & Wound Meal Topper for Dogs and Cats* - (learn more) is used holistically to help provide relief against external and internal infections (bacterial, fungal, viral and microbial), wounds, cuts, bites, hot spots, bruises, scrapes, abscess, cellulitis, furuncles, allergic responses and more; as a hemostatic which may help stop bleeding on contact; may help promote collagen production, cellular repair and wound healing up to 30 times faster than without use; may help accelerate wound healing and combat infection; may be used internally or externally for bacterial,fungal and microbial infections as well as for its anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing properties; used holistically for its action on intestinal parasites, which are known to compromise immune health; may help as an adjunctive to help address acute and chronic diseases related to bacteria, germs, fungus and viruses, including retrovirus; cytomegalovirus; E. Coli; Staph; Bacillus subtilis, Coccidiomycosis, Cryptococcosis and DNA and RNA viruses and as a holistic adjunctive for cases of rabies.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abscess, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi and germs; for bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx & throat; for DNA and RNA viruses; used holistically to address respiratory viruses A and B (RSV) and influenza virus A (FLU-A) and para-influenza (PIV); inhibits bacterial and microbial skin fungus infections related to Staphylococcus aurous, S. epidermis and other gram negative bacteria such as enterobacter, citrobacteria, salmonella; helps provide cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD); and may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gums.; Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic, anti-ulcerous and anti-Candidal.

Bionic Body – (learn more) is used holistically for its adaptogenic (read, repair and restore functions) for its immune boosting and anti-inflammatory support; as an antioxidant and for its free radical scavenging (disease preventing) actions; for its nutritive content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize bones, eye, teeth, skin and coat; works to stimulate collagen production, a primary building material of bones; may help prevent dental disease; for its plant actions to help strengthen bones, cartilage, joints, muscles, connective tissues & blood vessels & helps to reduce joint inflammation, while activating a cartilage-protective biochemical, potentially helping to preserve healthy cartilage in aging joint; for its anti-allergen natural plant chemicals which may help to fight off allergies and infections; for its prebiotic and probiotic content to help support native gut flora and healthy digestion.

I Want Liquid Immunity -  (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which are important in disease prevention; used adjunctively for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts and lipomas (often related to poor diet, excessive medication, environmental toxicity as well as aberrant cellular mutations); provides antioxidant protection against free radicals; helps promote cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste; may help address symptoms related to allergies, Lyme disease and other auto immune diseases; provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune  cells; promotes optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength; supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support. Strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-mutagenic.

Turmeric the Magnificent – (learn more) antioxidant properties may help inhibit free radical damage and limit multiple inflammation pathways by helping cool inflammatory response in all body systems; help boost or balance immunity as needed; help support the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response; decongestant and anti-histamine properties may help limit allergen triggers by reducing mast cell histamine response; may help improve digestion by suppressing inflammation in the gut; may help cleanse and detoxify the liver, kidneys and gall bladder; may help address cognitive disease (i.e. Alzheimer') by limiting micro-inflammation in the brain and supporting the neurological, endocrine and cardiovascular link; curcuminoid content may help halt mutations in DNA related to cancer formation, and may help block the production of enzymes that cancer needs to spread; may help prevent heart disease and strokes by inhibiting the build-up of plaque in the arteries, including the arteries that provide the brain with essential oxygen and nutrients; may help address boils.

Conventional Remedies:

In many cases, minor cuts and abrasions can be dealt with at home, while deeper more penetrating wounds may require a trip to the vet or emergency animal hospital.

If you have any doubt regarding the severity of a wound, you should always seek advice from your pet’s veterinarian.

As a rough guide, your pet requires medical treatment if your animal is:

Showing signs of shock

Bleeding excessively, or if the bleeding will not stop

Has a wound deep enough to require stitches

Has a deep puncture wound, especially if in the chest or abdominal regions

Has foreign material in the wound

Wounded as a result of being hit by a car or attacked by a larger animal

Wound does not heal after a few days or shows any sign of bacterial infection




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