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Bedsores

Herbal first aid treatments to help support wound care and promote healing in cats and dogs.

Pet supplements that help to treat bedsores in dogs and cats.

Nutrition plays a major role in skin health. Healthy skin is a result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by tissues and organs in the body. Skin health requires nutrients that help to support proper liver, adrenal, immune, and intestinal function and maintain the skin's ability to withstand the effects of environmental exposure to toxins, antigens, and microorganisms.

Caring for an animal with bedsores is a serious issue. A small injury can quickly become infected, lead to long-term injury, disability, or even death. Because an injury or wound is likely to result in pain for your animal, they may appear withdrawn, in pain and may not want you near them.

The two main objectives in wound care are to prevent infection and to stop any bleeding, if applicable. To stop the bleeding, you may try applying pressure to the area, (never use a tourniquet as this stops circulation). To prevent infection, the wound should be cleansed and a fresh clean bandage should be loosely applied. Do not use human band aids as they will stick to your pet’s coat and cause pain and skin and coat loss upon removal.

If the bleeding does not stop within a few minutes, contact your veterinarian. If any wound fills with pus or you notice yellow discharge, take your pet to the vet immediately. Similarly, if your pet shows swelling at the site of the wound, has a fever, or stops eating, seek the attention of your vet.

Please note: If the wound to your animal is severe of if you suspect that they are in great discomfort, or not healing as they should, always seek veterinarian advice!

Organic Remedies - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets)

Herbal and marine treatments have been used for millennia to treat animals, to soothe pain and irritated skin and gently clean bed sores and other open wounds, to soothe inflamed and irritated skin or allergic reactions to triggers, to promote a healthy immune system, to cleanse and soothe minor cuts, scrapes and irritations of all kinds, to help reduce the risk of infection and to treat the presence of bacterial infections.

Skin Nirvana – (learn more) functions as a natural antibiotic, antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, immune modular and antioxidant to help  repair the effects 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.

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).

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, promotes optimal immune responsepromotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat, reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support.

Hepa Protect – (learn more) supports proper liver function, metabolism, bile production and flow, rehabilitates the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder, detoxifies the kidneys and liver, tones and balances the connective tissue of the liver, kidneys and bladder, normalizes liver enzyme levels, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for all types of stones and gravel of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gallbladder, reduces uric acid, for gall bladder inflammation, gall stones and gallbladder infections, for renal colic and renal calculi.

Other suggestions:

Cuts on paws and ears bleed a lot because these areas have a very good blood supply. It is important to stop any bleeding and this is best done by applying firm pressure with a wad of cotton swabs to the bleeding area. Keep the pressure on for at least 5 minutes. If you cannot control the bleeding after applying pressure, seek veterinary attention.

Deep cuts and injuries may need to be stitched to achieve complete healing. Seek veterinary advice in cases of deep or wide cuts

Injuries caused by nails, pieces of wire or anything rusty or dirty may cause tetanus. Consult your vet about tetanus prevention.

Trimming the fur away around the wound will aid healing. The other pets on the block might laugh at your furry friend’s odd hairstyle, but by trimming the hair away the risk of wound infection is lowered

Remember to regularly cut back bushes and hedges in your garden in order to avoid stray branches, which might cause harm to your pet. Always trim back branches that have thorns, and try to keep garden tools stored away – avoid leaving them exposed.

Never leave wire lying around for your pet to get caught up in – make sure your home is safe place for your pets!

Conventional Remedies:

After inspecting and cleaning the wound out, your veterinarian will most likely use a topical wash and/or antibiotic ointment and may also give your pet an injection of antibiotics combined with a short acting steroid for inflammation and to reduce fever. They may also dispense oral antibiotics depending on the severity of the wound. Synthetic steroids do have side effects. Check with your veterinarian for more information. 

Cats and dogs have very elastic skin with a fair amount of fatty tissue between the skin and the underlying muscle. In cats, the problem of bacterial growth is especially bad, because cat skin heals too quickly over a puncture, trapping the bacteria under the skin. Once this occurs, drainage and removal of necrotic (damaged and rotten) tissue is performed.

 

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