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Boils in Dogs and Cats / Furunculosis in Dogs and Cats

Boils in Dogs and Cats / Furunculosis in Dogs and Cats

Herbal nutrition to help treat boils, furunculosis 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 fells 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 deep skin infection that forms deep under skin. It usually 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.

Main causes are related to weakened immunity, along with exposure to Staphylococcus aureus or a bacterial, fungus or a parasitic infection. Interdigital furunculosis 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 and allergens in the environment are the most common causes of skin problems. Boils 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 the most common reason for the eruption of skin boils as poor quality food can create circumstances that allow skin infection.  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

Poor quality diet

Thyroid problems 

Reduced immune system

Persistent constipation

Exposure to various allergens and irritants


Unknown health problem

Medical conditions like diabetes mellitus

Commercial food high in sugars and chemicals

Bald patches in the fur

Symptoms of boils / furunculosis include:


Excessive scratching


Bald patches


Hair loss

Greasy or stinky fur even after baths


Difficulty breathing


Significant change in skin color

Loose skin (visible change)

Lump or swelling beneath skin

A sore that won't heal

Yellow lips, abdomen or rectal area

Red or puprle dots or splotches on 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 may act as a drawing agent by drawing the pus close to the surface of the skin. Your dog or cat will likely try to lick the wound, so use an Elizabethan collar to prevent licking and spreading a secondary infection. 

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

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 and anti-inflammatory against infection, keeping wounds clean, soothing the skin and supporting the natural healing process, may help soothe nerve pain associated with wounds and infections; to help promote healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats, to help to maintain healthy and strong skin, bones, claws, fur and hair follicle health, and to help support healthy cellular and immune response. 

I Cell-Ebrate Life (learn more) helps to promote healthy cell and cell membrane support; helps promotes connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection against free radicals, which is important in disease prevention; helps standardize normal cell operation; encourages free radical scavenging of cysts, tumors and lipomas; may help address symptoms related to Lyme disease; 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; may help counteract Staph infections and DNA and RNA viruses.

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.

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.

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 Lyme disease; 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.

Home Remedies:

Start with nutritious, premium, holistic  food free of corn, wheat, soy, inferior meat byproducts, preservatives and chemical colorants or additives, which rules out most big box or grocery store commercial foods.

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 draw and drain the boil. 

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.

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.




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