Pets: Wound Remedies

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Honey   4  0   

Posted by Meg (Coromandel, New Zealand) on 02/25/2007

[YEA]  I have little faith in vets and I try to find things that work and have some luck - manuka honey is really good as antibiotic internally and externally for animals and they like it. Chamomile teabag soak for any eye problems. These are 2 tried and trusted ones for me.

Hydrogen Peroxide   3  0   

Posted by Linda (Bisbee, Arizona) on 09/06/2009

[YEA]  My ex, myself, and our magnificient and curious miniature australian shepherd were renting in what was "Dog Heaven". Acres and acres fenced to run in and a water reclamation system that included a series of sedimentary ponds, the largest and last full of Koi, pond vegation, and unbeknownst to us, bufos. We lived in the desert and water was scarce so even with fencing we dealt on a regular basis with mule deer (great sport for Roxy), along with vicious and deadly javelina. Needless to say she chased the deer off of the property gleefully, was not so gleefully ripped to pieces by a large javalina male and two females (treated that after throwing myself onto her and into the middle of the javelina's blood lust who would just as well kill a human as a dog (not smart). I got lucky making awful noises and they retreated. I treated this after carrying her into the house by filling and filling deep the gore holes that simply swallowed two bottles of the only thing on hand which was hydrogen peroxide and stuffed the wounds with dressing to put pressure inside hoping to stop the bleeding....yes, I know this is about bufos. The bleeding was totally stopped by morning and slowly she began to heal.

And now, the Bufo toads, One morning I went to drink my morning coffee with her while she took her morning swim, herding the koi from one end of the pond and back, something she did daily and for hours and I noticed a white film covering the enire pond. Then I looked at Roxy and could see her struggling to get on shore. By the time I had her in my arms she was convulsing with eyes rolled back. I checked her gum color for oxygen and they were very gray...all the meanwhile rubbing her everwhere trying to keep her blood flowing. Again, grabbed the only thing on hand which seemed close to appropriate, this time it was a full adult size benedryl pried her mouth open and opened the whole capsule in her mouth rubbing it into her tongue both top and bottom, on her gums thinking that from under the tongue on a human goes straight to the brain. Within just a few minutes her eyes began focusing and I began walking her just like a puppet thinking it might help keep her blood flow going, soon she began to try to walk on her own but needed help. She did show a rapid significant improvement with the benedryl, she weighs 29 to 34 lbs depending on how spoiled she is at the time. I am just sure the benedryl turned the tide. Roxy and I are moving back into this rental which was really paradise and peace for both of us so now I want to know....Exactly just how much benedryl I can give her at the max possible dosage, also does it come in a gel cap (haven't seen any) because in liquid form it would absorb much more quickly into her system.

I will definetely keep large amounts of vinegar for killing the toads and for her to drink and I very much appreaciate both this site and the information from all participants. I will also use the tub and light solution and lower the population. One more problem. It is my understanding that other frogs do not co-habitate with bufos so all of the guppies in differing stages are bufos. Roxy sticks her whole head into to the water trying to bite and catch them. Are they poisonous at this stage? During her second incident she crawled halfway from the pond headed towards the house when I found her. We went through the whole poisoning thing one more time and the benedryl once again brought her up quickly. Now I will use both prevention and cure. Bathub and lights and motor oil. I will make it my mission to lower the bufo toad population which it seems given the choices here will be a steady but doable new defense.

Thank you,
Linda A.
Bisbee, Arizona

Posted by Tamsen (Brothersville, GA) on 12/30/2006

[YEA]  Hydrogen peroxide cured a hole as big as my fist in the belly of my daughter's beloved cat. The cat showed up one day at the back door unable to stand up or hold it's head up, we found a hole in her belly that was opened and was gangreen, you could see her stomach and intestines, i wanted to put the cat down, but daughter refused and said she would nurse her back toThealth, husband said that daughter needed to get infection under control and said to clean it with HP, we used HP up to 5 or more times aday, in the meantime for days I seeked something of a miracle at the vets, drug stores as well as the farmyard stores to help this poor cat, by the way the vet said to put her down also after seeing her, anyways, as days went by the cat got stronger to the point of being able to walk and we noticed that the gangreen had all but disapeared and a few days after that something of a nasty looking mass fell out of her belly , which i believe was the rotten meat, and the hole started to heal all the mean time daughter cleaned the wound several times aday, and now about 4 months later, the wound is healed and she is healthy and living back outside, during the time of healing about 30 days, the cat was confided to the kitchen, we used HP bought right off the shelf in any store the 3% kind w/o diluting it

Posted by Mmm
Spring, Texas
Same thing happened to my goat. I went to the feed store and bought Penicillin and syringes too. Everyday my husband had to push pus out of his wounds but he made it through...

Posted by Candice (Victorville, CA) on 11/12/2006

[YEA]  Hello. I have 10 cats and 3 dogs and at least one of them, are always getting hurt some how. Anyways everytime I use to take my dogs or cats to the doctor for wounds or stitching, he would always tell me to clean it with Hydrogen peroxide. I would just soak a qtip in hydrogen peroxide and then clean the wound. A couple of times the wound, would be so bad that he (the vet) would have to put a dranage tube in, he would then tell me to use a syringe (not the needle ones) filled with peroxide to flush it all out, 3x a day. The dogs really DID NOT like this, but it worked nontheless. I have also used it on stitches and then applied neosporin. My pets would try and lick of the wound even though the peroxide was on it, so I did use an Elizabethan (E-collar) on them but even when they were able to lick it off, they never got sick. Just dont let them lick it continually as this may upset there stomache amongst other things. I just believe that hydrogen peroxide works for animals as it does for people. Good luck! I am not sure if you already have this method on your cures list for pets, but I tried it and it worked. Thanks!

Kerosene, Raw Linseed Oil   1  0   

Posted by Trixie (Hutch, Kansas) on 08/19/2009

[YEA]  Hi all! I just came across this site and have been searching for pet remedies for mange and different types of fungus. I wanted to share with you a remedy that will work for any type of cut, gash, wound, etc. I have used it many times on many different types of animals and iw works wonderfully!. It is half kerosene and half raw linseed oil. Has to be raw. I know it sounds like it would burn, but I have used it on myself, and there is no pain. It will heal any type of major wound, and fast. There is no proud flesh grown, and it is a natural insect repellent, so the flies won't be bothering your animal. If anyone has any questions, feel free to contact me, and I can answer your questions. Like I said, I have used this many, many times. My vet told me to put Amy down, after being nearly ripped apart by a male. She healed completely after using this on her. You can apply it as often as you like, no side effects, and if you miss a day or two, its no big deal. Hope this helps someone out there.

Posted by 3rivers
Tulsa, Oklahoma
2 Posts
I have a question on the kerosene and linseed oil? I have a goat who was attacked by dogs and now she is in the house due to half her back thighs missing most of the meatty area. She acts as though nothing is wrong with her so I am continuing treatment which has been sugar and iodine mixed. I have been packing it and trying to wrap it. But am trying to find a better way as the sugar just melts and it is just about in possible to bandage the area.Will this mixture help with this severe of a wound and will it fill back in after time. I run a rescue and I have a ton of animals. Would this work on any animal? For wounds etc.??
Posted by Mansij
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
Hey Trixie...

We Did Use Kerosene oil on our dog's wound.....

And I have no idea how our little nino is feeling right now... The wound got wayy badd in just a matter of days... Im gonna use both Kerosene oil and Linseed oil tomorrow... I hope it works... I just want him to recover.... Hes in PAIN... and is very tired .

Me and my Parents are praying that he gets well ... because we love him a lot... And hes just a kid...
Pls Reply ASAP if you have any Further Suggestions... Thank You!

Posted by Eliza1
Niagara Falls, Canada
At some point you would think you would use common sense and seek professional help instead of letting this animal suffer. Why would you let them continue to live in such pain? Go to a vet!

Multiple Remedies   0  1   

Posted by Elizabeth (Portland, Oregon, Usa) on 06/08/2010

[NAY]  I have an 8 1/2 year old alapah bull dog/terrier mix. Every year for the past 5 years he's devloped itchy open sores that become infected quickly. Durring this past week he went from not unusually itchy to having the worst open sore yet. This happened upon our return from Southern Oregon where it is terribly flea and tick infested, I checked him over for ticks several times finding none, and bathed him before coming home.

I discovered the sore the day after I got home when I had seen a small amout of blood and poured some 3% peroxide over it. I realized It was larger and he protested like crazy. I shaved the wound and around it, 7 days ago, he has not withstood even washing it with plain water (either cool or luke warm). He will not let me cut the hair back anymore at all. He has only barely tolerated (due to intoxication from marijuana oil in his food today) a pack made of a piece of clean linen with dried goldenseal sprinkled sprinked (maybe 1/8 teaspoon) topped off with 1/4 to 1/2 cups of raw russet grated potatoe. It looks a little better, but even intoxicated he won't stand for it to be placed more than 1/4 of wound at any time or in one setting.

I have tried plain water rinsing, a cool calendula tea rinse,thick cool oatmeal tea rinse, neosporin, and silversulfadiazine. But he just goes nuts and finds a way to rub off what ever I applied, or he has bulldozed his way out of the bath tub (he has never done this before) He has always had a high pain tolerance. And has never not let me do what ever I want to him, (except once after a fight where he got tore up quiet severely). But everything I have tried he acts like I am applying a flesh eating acid or something to the like to his sore.

It is now about 3 1/2 inches in diamiter, and seems to be growing maybe a quarter to a half in a day, with or with out him scratching at. It smells. It drains puss and blood almost continually,It's location is on the back of his neck over the left shoulder.The location prevents me from putting any kind of collar to allow me to cover his back toe nail to prevent him from scrating it any more.

I mostly feed him a homemade food comprising of approxametly 30% muscle meat,30% grain (usually oats, sometimes rice), 20% dark green or orange vegables,10% organ meat, 5% bran, 5% onoins, galic, cayenne pepper, or things like that. That in combitation with some of what ever I eat. He also suppliments his diet with what ever dry food my brother's dog is being feed at the time, when, for instance, I get ill (was outsleeping with flu for 4 days this week)

Please What can I do to give him some kind of relief now, and help him heal long term? What other information can I offer to help you help me help him. Thank You

Sincerely, Elizabeth

Posted by Merryanne
Orange City, Florida, Usa
127 Posts
If he is drinking,,boil some chicken and let him drink that broth,,just give him the meat juice and water to flush his system,,check his food for soy bean contamination
Posted by Rainman
Central, Vt, Usa
18 Posts
First of all.. .onions are known to be toxic to dogs. I think cooked onions are safer. But, your dog doesn't need them, I would eliminate them all together. Grains are another thing a dog does not need and tends to cause more problems (digestion and allergies). I would feed RAW 75% muscle meat, 10% meaty bones, 10% organ meat and if you are dead set on feeding vegetables.. then add them in as the remaining 5%. As it stands now... your dog is missing a big fundamental portion of the required diet: Bioavailable CALCIUM/Phosphorous. Not to mention all of the mineral goodies in Marrow. It's the best thing for their teeth and gum health too.

To the actual reason for posting... and without seeing a picture of it... sounds like your dog is suffering from a staph infection. I would start seeking help asap.

Posted by Jane
Pasadena, California
Hi, this sounds to me like a serious staph infection. I would take your dog to a vet as soon as possible. Don't mess around with home remedies at this point as they may make the condition even worse or spread. I had a dog with a small hot spot that turned into a staph infection. The only thing that worked was antibiotics and ointments from the vet. Don't wait on this, trust me!
Posted by Cat
Naples, Florida
I most definitetly agree with Jane from Pasadena.
Posted by Hawkeye
Richland, Sc
I know staph infections are nothing to mess with, but what would help cool this irritation would be putting some colloidal silver in a spray bottle and spraying it on the wound. Colloidal Silver was used for antibiotic properties before antibiotics came along. It disables the bacteria or virus from being able to replicate. They even sell bandaids with silver impregnated onto it. Apparently they know that it stops germs from multiplying.

Oatmeal Poultice   1  0   

Posted by Heather (Katy, Tx) on 05/21/2011

[YEA]  Here's one we've been using for years. Cheap and usually effective! Soak oatmeal in enough water to make a paste. Probably slightly less than a 50/50 mixture. Spread the paste on problem areas such as heat spots and small cuts, or irritated skin. Let stand for 5-10 minutes, or as long as your dog will let you. Rinse off, but don't scrub! Use water only to rinse, no washcloth or anything. PAT dry. Repeat several times every day until healed. Completely safe if your pet licks it afterward. If you're lucky enough to have a pet that doesn't lick at it - try dabbing straight aloe vera on it as well, afterward.

For anyone who wants to know why it works; oatmeal contains the chemicals avenanthramides and phenols... which are supposed to soothe skin.

Olive Oil With Turmeric   1  0   

Posted by Tehm (Deltona, FL) on 12/25/2006

[YEA]  i got 3 cats and one of them gets hurt more often then the others, i always tried olive oil for my burns and scraches so i thought i would try it out on my cat and it did work always. i also have teeid turmeric (root based herb from india) with olive oil mixed and applied on the injury. It takes some time but it cures very well.

Remedies Needed   1  0   

Posted by Patty (Hadley, Ma.) on 06/14/2014

our jack russell, finney got bitten by wood-chuck or chipmunk, on throat. what to do for cleaning and healing? appreciate any help…

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
654 Posts
Hey Patty!

If this were my dog I would try to clean with hydrogen peroxide and then I would monitor for infection. If the bite area swells up like a golf ball in the next day or two you have an abcess and likely should see the vet. You can feed antimicrobial foods such as garlic and turmeric and support with Echinacea and vitamin C as well.

Posted by Colleen (Denver Colorado) on 08/23/2013

Hi there, any one know if there is a safe pain med for cats - my cat is recovering from huge 2 abscess very close to his butt and am guessing he may be in pain and would like to take the edge off for him if I can. (Almost a Koon abduction - but he fought him off). He won't eat or even drink much so I am forcing fluids and liquid food. He was in hospital for a few days till I could not afford that anymore. (thousands if he was to say until his wound healed. ) Any suggestions appreciated! Thanks!

Posted by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
435 Posts
Colleen, read up on Casotor Oil for Wounds right here on EC.
Posted by Jemira
Ks, Us
5 Posts
Turmeric sprinkled on the food for the pain would work. To clean the wounds I would use GSEt and lavender oil mix. Couple of fingers of distilled water, 2 drops of GSE (grapefruit seed extract), 2 of drops of lavender in a glass, mix, dip cotton ball in and clean wound several times a day.

Posted by Wanda (Richmond, VA) on 07/13/2013

My dog has horrible open wounds on her elbows! Surgery didn't work, stitching dint hold it, staples! Conventional meds have not helped her. Has anyone been able to conquer this?? She's very dependent on her front legs, getting up and down. My whole floor is dog beds for her to have a soft landing and she wears DogLeggs. Just not healing! My vet says nothing more he can do for them so, I'm trying other, wholistic things. Very difficult situation. She's 11.

Posted by Om
Hope BC, Canada
Wanda, could you try lots of turmeric? It has such a fabulous reputation. Of course, everything might turn chrome yellow but what the heck! We have to heal doggie. You might alternate with coconut oil. I have many pets and this is what I have used with good results. Hope this will be useful. Om

Posted by Diane (Riverside, Ca.) on 01/10/2013

I am caring for a feral (wild) female cat that is wounded on the face. I believe she was attacked by either a coyote or dog. Near her eye and above a part of her flesh was torn off. I have tried Nu-Stock but stopped as it wasn't helping her. I am spraying salt water on the wound and light apple cider vinegar and water spray (seems to help) I can't touch her as she will attack me so I am limited to what I can do. In a wire cage I can place medication on the wound using a stick and clean cloth. I have to be careful with her eye though.

Can I use NEOSPORIN on the cat's wound? Or any suggestions will do. I can't afford a vet at this time.

She is improving as the cat no longer has a swollen face. It took me a long time to trap her so she got really bad.

Posted by Jayne (Irving, Texas) on 09/08/2012

Hi, I am so happy to read all of the success with ACV. I have been feeding close to 12 cats 2 x day for a couple of years. No, I am not a cat hoarder. These animals are feral cats. Out of all of this time, I have never touched briefly one of these cats. Also, they do not hang out here. Have of them I have to walk off of the property to feed. I initially bought a trap to trap and have neutered and spayed and returned to the neighborhood but, the HOA has prevented me from doing this. Since they are idiots and will not do the right thing, I feed the cats because they need help.

The one that I am concerned about is the cat king of the neighborhood. He is probably about 3 years old and he is starting to trust me unless I try to pet him. Anyway, yesterday he came inside. He did not feel good at all and had only a slight appetitie. I could tell that he wasn't well so I let him sleep on the floor. I noticed he was licking his nads or at least I thought that was what he was doing until he stood up and blood was just pouring off of him. I called the vet, but I cannot catch the cat. I thought that when he left that he would have died from the blood loss. I was real happy to see him this morning. He is feeling better but I finally was able to see that he has a huge rug wound close to his anus. Actually it is like is the crease where his tail meets his body. There is no hair and it is a very dark red wound looking thing. It looks real painful and I want to help. I just do not know how unless I can mix some ACV in his food. I can put it in the water but cats most of the time are not huge water drinkers. If I spray him when he is walking away, he will not trust me anymore and maybe not come back. Please advise how much I can safely use in his food and what else that I can do that will help him.

Posted by Debbie
Brighton, Uk
20 Posts
I would suggest as you can't catch the cat, you put colloidal silver into his cat food and in the drinking water. (filtered, if possible). Look into, also, giving the cats some DE in their food as they are feral. Helps with fleas and ticks. Diatomaceous Earth. Must be food grade.

Posted by Morgan (Redwood City, California Usa) on 07/07/2012

My Bernese Mountain Dog has an open sore on her stomach. It has been there for over a month. I have cleaned it multiple times with HP, neosporin and Bactine. It never heals. It just keeps scabbing over but still pusses and little white balls will come out. She also has a hole on her tail leading to the bone. This also will not heal. I have taken her to the vet and they just said to clean it and it hasn't worked. Does any one have any sugestions? I am very concerned for her well being. Thank you!

Posted by Gardengirl
Gallatin, Tn
13 Posts
Have you tried castor oil? I rub it on my dogs when they have skin problems.... Heal quickly and they seem to like it. Please use only cold pressed ( mine's from swanson) Hope this helps!!!

Posted by Ms.lily (Hesperia, California, San Bernardino) on 04/23/2011

I need help! My dog was bitten by another dog she's in pain and has a bad wound under her thigh. I dont know what to do, I washed her with soap and water, I cleaned her up with water w/salt. the next day I washed her again and I started using HP to clean her up. But the wound is starting to smell. What can I use? Ive been reading the posts, but still not sure what to use. I need to know what I can give her and what I could apply on the open wounds? Please Help me, I have no money to take her to a vet.

Posted by Melissa
Houston, Tx
unfrtunately you might need to take her to a vet. If the wound is starting to have foul smell, this means it is getting infected and at this point, depending on how deep the wound is, no home remedy may take care of it. Sorry! This happened to my dog last year. Maybe the vet could work out a payment plan?

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