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Wounds on Dogs and Cats

Wounds on Dogs and Cats

Herbal healing treatments to help care for wounds and to prevent infection in wounds in dogs and cats. 

Nutrition plays a major role in skin and bone health. Healthy skin and bones are a result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune system, tissues and organs in the body to provide skin support, help to maintain the skin’s ability to withstand and repair the effects of topical skin wounds, scars, burns, environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms, bacterial and viral.

Cats and dogs, especially the young and more active ones, can experience a variety of cuts, scrapes, bites and abrasions. As a pet owner, it is stressful when your dog or cat is wounded, even in play, and is important to quickly determine how serious the wound is and whether or not medical attention is necessary.

Most minor cuts and wounds 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 about treatment or the severity of the cut or wound, seek advice from your pet’s veterinarian immediately as minor abrasions can quickly become infected. 

If your pet is injured, stay calm. Small cuts on ears and paws can bleed excessively and may cause owners to panic. Remember that your pet is looking to you to make it better so the calmer you remain, the more at ease they will feel. Keep in mind that your pet may try to bite or scratch due to pain. Stay patient and calm. 

As with any wound, the first step is to stop the bleeding. Apply firm pressure to the area using a clean cotton swab or cotton ball. Keeping pressure on the area for about 5 min is usually enough to stop bleeding. If this is unsuccessful and the bleeding will not stop, then veterinary assistance is likely necessary.

Once the bleeding has stopped, the next step is to clean the wound. Using warm water, and clean cotton swabs or cotton balls, clean the wound from the center outward making sure that you have removed all foreign particles. This may take time and your pet may protest due to pain. Cut and wound cleaning are necessary steps in preventing infection. 

Once wounds have been cleaned, watch for any signs of infection. Infected wounds often swell, become red and sensitive and in some cases will produce discharge. If infection occurs, a trip to the vet may be necessary.

Your pet requires medical treatment if:

Shows any sign of shock

Bleeding excessively

Bleeding will not stop

The wound is deep enough to require stitches

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

There is foreign material in the wound

The wound is the result of being hit by a car or attacked by a larger animal

The wound does not seem to be healing 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)

Herbal remedies have been used for millennia to safely and gently treat wounds and provide care for all types of wounds, to cleanse and soothe minor cuts, scrapes & irritations of all kinds, to reduce inflammation and boost immunity, as an overall skin tonic while also acting as an antiseptic to help guard against infection, to soothe itchy skin and relieve skin allergies and irritations, to relieve itching, scratching, redness and infection,  and to promote healthy skin and shiny, glossy coat health, for skin infections, as a tonic to expel toxins and to support and restore skin and coat health. 

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx & throat; provides 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.

Skin Nirvana – (learn more) functions as a natural antibiotic, antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, immune modular and antioxidant to help repair all types of topical skin wounds, scars, burns, hot spots, allergies, insect bites, environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms, both bacterial and viral, containing a natural antibiotic base capable of fighting skin bacteria related to Escherichia Coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomona Aeruginosa and Propionibacterium acnes.

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) supports the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content; stimulates collagen production which directly affects bone mass, bone strength, cartilage, joints, muscles, connective tissues and blood vessels (important for cases of arthritis) as well as eye and teeth health (important for macular degeneration and dental disease); promotes optimal immune response; promotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat; may help reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats; may work  to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support.

Bionic Body – (learn more) is used holistically for its adaptogenic (read, repair and restore funcions) 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.

Conventional Remedies:

Most superficial wounds and abrasions can be treated at home and should heal fairly quickly provided your pet has a strong immune system, however all animal bites should be treated by your vet as the risk of infection is very high.

 

 

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