Pets: Wound Remedies

| Modified: Aug 31, 2020
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Injuries such as open wounds can often happen to pets while out of our sight for only a moment and in the blink of an eye. Perhaps it occurred during a fight with another animal, as a result of becoming entangled in thick brush and branches, maybe the animal came into contact with some dangerous debris, became caught on a torn piece of fencing or possibly was in an accident of some sort. Many times we may not even be able to determine the cause of our pet's injury, but regardless of the contributing factors the challenge is always the same.

Treating an open wound on an animal is always a difficult task, especially when you can't tell your pet to leave the area alone and keep the bandage in tact. How many of us have spent endless amounts of time applying treatment to a wound and strategically placing and wrapping a bandage so that it could be kept in place, only to have the animal remove it within seconds leaving the wound completely exposed? Likely many of us have been in this situation.

An effective solution to this problem is an all-natural product called Dy's Liquid Bandage. It was originally produced for the purposes of treating horse injuries, wounds, saddle sores and rain rot etc, however, it is also widely used on dogs and cats to treat a variety of minor or more serious wounds and injuries. The product contains a combination of soothing herbs in an olive oil and beeswax formula. The beeswax works to cover the wound with a waterproof barrier, which in addition to repelling flies also allows air to penetrate and aid in healing the wound. The olive oil and medicinal herbs absorb easily into the skin and treat the injury from the inside out.

Activated Charcoal

Posted by A Beaudry (Spring Hill, Fl) on 08/30/2020
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Absolutely LOVE this site. So much appreciate all of the postings from which I've saved many thousands of dollars in veterinary fees. In addition to farm animals, I have 8 dogs and 7 cats so I'm always turning to this site for help with natural remedies.

Some time ago, one of my Guinea Hens was seriously injured and developed Gangrene in the wound on her leg. I like to try to save my animals rather than put them down, so I found the recipe on Earth Clinic for the Activated Charcoal Poultice and used it. She recovered from the Gangrene and although she had a limp, she lived a good life. I've since used it for other wounds on my animals to successfully prevent Gangrene. Activated Charcoal is a staple I would never be without. Hope this helps someone else to save the life of their pet or farm animal.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Posted by June (San Pedro, Calif) on 04/10/2009
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I have a terrier mix that obsess's about anything on his body. Not sure what irritated his belly but it was red with a few bumps. One being about half inch across. Red and crusty looking. Probably from his obsessive licking. Soooo seeing how Apple cider vinegar works on so much. I diluted water one third to two third's ACV wiped it for 2 days, first day dried it up, second day not red at all. Third day, just flecking off dead skin from wound. I love this stuff. I am taking it internally, and just today added it to my dogs water. Great stuff.

Posted by Joanna (Glendale, AZ) on 02/19/2007
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Jack, my beagle mix, had some bug bites(fur was sticking up) on his head last week and itched them to an open sore. I found this site, read up upon ACV and within 2 days his sores and bites went completely away. Now he has a little scab on it. I was just amazed how this remedy worked. Now I'm trying it on my beagle/dach. mix, Bailey. She's gets these ear rashes/infections often, I'm hoping ACV will work miracles for her too. Thanks again!!

Cayenne Pepper

Posted by Chowiam (Playas De Rosarito, Baja Mexico) on 10/22/2009
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My indoor cat managed to badly cut a vein on her hind leg. The veterinary office does not open until 10:00 am and the accident happened at 8:30 am. I applied cayenne pepper and the bleeding slowed then stopped.When I went to see the vet, at first she said the injury could not be too serious because it wasnt bleeding. When the wound was washed then the bleeding started again. My cat required four stitches. What works for humans also works for your pets.

Coconut Oil

Posted by Cat Scabs (Prescott, Mi 48756) on 01/01/2018
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I rubbed cocoanut oil into my cats cut fur to heal outbreak of scabs on her back and tail and it totally cleared up all scabs .. don't know if it was because she licked it off or just healed the scabs..

Colloidal Silver

Posted by Julie (Hancock Park, IL) on 01/02/2009
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Colloidial Silver is an awesome remedy for virtually any bacterial infection; internal or external. I have cured my dog's eye and ear irritations (and my pink eye) with a couple drops, the results were immediate. It comes in drops or spray and I have both. I spray my dog's cuts, sores, rashes and teeth because it does not sting. Antibiotics are inferior to Colloidial Silver, which was commonly used before antibiotics were popularized. It is found at health food and Meijer stores and is inexpensive for its many possible uses. Research it; you'll be glad you did.

Posted by Alisa (Wheatland , Wyoming) on 07/20/2007
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I make my own colloidal silver for my critters. I just want to rell you my little guy's troubles. He's a 5yr old ferret name Chewy. He just had his gallbadder & some of his liver removed on7-17-07 and when I got him home first thing I did was spray colloidal silver on his belly.and today I looked at it and wow its almost cleared up, back to his real color. Also Chewy has the best vet in this world! and this helped me to trust and love! thak you.

Replied by Janice
Olathe, KS

Please tell me how you make Colloidal Silver?

Replied by Amanda
Conklin, Ny

My kitty has a hole on his upper left chest area by the leg... It's like bb size and puffy around the area... A lite colored fluid is leaking out of it... No blood.. Was wondering how to make colloidal silver and if you think this would help him... Thanks so much, amanda

Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
2109 posts

Amanda, the CS would probably do best orally to beat any infection your kitty might incur from the wound. As for making CS there are a number of videos on YouTube detailing different methods. Some aren't so good and some completely and purposely misleading, like the guy making CS with tap water. Hydrogen Peroxide would work well on the wound itself.

Posted by Joyce (Victoria, Canada) on 06/20/2007
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My cat had a huge piece of fur and skin ripped off by something which I think was a racoon. It left 2 puncture wounds. I immediately put colloidal silver (our regular family remedy for killing bacteria etc.). However, he keeps rubbing it and taking the scab off when it gets dry and he cleans himself. I cut away the fur that was getting in the way and used a collar but that aggravated both him and the sore. It became infected and still the CSilver worked. I clean it several times a day and am watching him closer and using collar only a bit. I was really worried I would have to put him down as I can't afford vet bills. So far it is amazing how quickly the CSilver works if we can keep ahead of his scratching by keeping it clean. If I use polysporin or a cream he cleans even harder. I found this really helpful site and wanted to share my experience.

General Feedback

Posted by Mary (Burlington, MA, USA) on 02/18/2009

I am desperately seeking a remedy for a skin staph infection in my 17 year old westie. She has had mange (dermodectic) which was cured within 3 days by Teds' cure of borax & hydrogen peroxide. I am now facing a skin staph infection which is making her loose her fur along her entire back in patches. The skin was scraped & there were no mites. It seems to be spreading & the vet has her on an antibiotic. I am not sure that it is working. I have also given her a medicated bath but the shampoo that the vet sold me has a lot of chemicals in it along with salacitic acid. I'm not sure if there may be A BETTER antisceptic solution for this. If anyone has any suggestions I would be so grateful for some feedback. Thanks in advance.

Replied by Karen
West Palm Beach, Florida

Please look at the diet! Think seriously about a raw meat and bone diet. You can learn everything about this at Seriously! My dog has been eating this diet (frozen patties thawed and mixed with yogurt or cottage cheese, some boiled chicken and french cut green beans (just a little)) for 11 years. People compliment her beatiful coat. Your baby's skin is most likely a reaction to dry food diet. TRY this... you will see results almost immediately and within two weeks, the condition will be clear.

Posted by Colleen (Houston, Texas) on 01/01/2009

Has anyone had an experience with blisters on their dogs muzzle area? They are all around the area he eats. My daughter said it may be from the plastic bowls that I feed him in. They look painful and he is very depressed. Some have blood in them and are big. Thank you for any help you can give. I will try alternative before going to the vet.

Replied by Jane
Pasadena, CA

Did he get ahold of a battery or something toxic in your garden like fertilizer? If he chewed on a battery, this could happen (have a friend who's puppy almost died after chewing on one).. Sounds like something that touched that area burned him, which makes me think of a fertilizer. What brand of food are you feeding him? Possible that it's an ingredient in the food causing an allergic reaction. Preservative or something. Good idea to get a vet's opinion on that I would think.

Grapefruit Seed Extract, Lavender Oil

Posted by Jemira (Overland Park, Ks, Us) on 06/01/2013
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In January of this year the cat that lives under my garage (he came with the house I bought it seems) was bitten in the face by what looked to be a large dog by the size of the holes. I cleaned him up and left him alone as animals heal pretty well usually. I kept an eye on him but the wounds were not getting better and by February I took him to a vet. Shots and a hundred dollars later we were out the door with instructions on what to do.

6 weeks pass. Wounds are looking worse and had gone necrotic despite the fact I had followed the vets instructions to the letter. He smelled like rotting meat. Almost in tears as he is the sweetest cat - never once fought, scratched or tried to bite me while cleaning his face - I thought I would have to put him down. As I sat there with him in my lap I thought about what I knew. Side note, western meds make me sick and if there is a side effect I will 95% of the time have it so it's natural or nothing for my health for the most part. I remembered reading about a man that healed his fathers necrotic diabetic foot wound with grapefruit seed extract (GSE), a woman that had kept her cats safe from a virus that killed a lot of cats in her area by putting a drop of GSE in their water and a man that cured his horse of colic using GSE in it's water. Kills mold, staph and mrsa. OK, so GSE was a go. Needed more though. Then I thought about all the uses of lavender essential oil.

So I went in the house, put about 2 fingers of distilled water in a small glass cup, 2 drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract, 2-3 shakes of Lavender essential oil out of the bottle and mixed it up. Went back to cat on porch and cleaned the wounds well. Like I said, he smelled like rotting meat, all hair on that side of his face had fallen out, skin was mottled - the wounds just would not heal with what the vet was having me do. Went to bed sure I would find him worse in the morning. Well, first thing in the morning I went out to see him as always. It was a miracle. Skin was not mottled, it looked pink and healthy! I was onto something. I started cleaning his face 3x everyday using the mix. For his food I gave him a bowl of fresh water with one drop of GSE added to it, his normal hard food and then in the evenings I would give him wet food with one drop of GSE in it.

4 weeks later it is 99% healed. Huge holes filled in, fur is growing back (as of week 3) and the swelling gone. My only sorrow comes from the fact I wish I had used my brain sooner and trusted what I know to heal instead of what the vet said. She is a very good vet but I could have saved the cat months of pain and oozing wounds.

Replied by Om Sairam
Hope, Bc, Canada

To Jemira. Glad you were able to help the poor thing. I had a cat brought to me years ago with deep tooth bites on each side of the spine. Vet's pills, etc. Did nothing. Then I remembered turmeric, packed the powder deep into the wounds. The next day she came from under the bed. The wounds had begun to close in, no sign of infection and she was healed in record time. Cost nothing. Best regards. Om

Replied by Jemira
Overland Park, Ks, Us

Turmeric is one thing I have yet to try (for anything) but you are the 4th person in a week that has told me about it. (grin) The world must be hinting at me to try it out. Think I will get some tomorrow. Thank you Om!

Green Tea, Calendula Ointment, Silicea

Posted by Susan (USA) on 07/21/2007
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This remedy combo was passed on to Earth Clinic from Jane of Los Angeles (a friend's friend). Her dog had surgery to remove a cyst from a spider bite (they think) and the area with stitches was not healing after 1 week.


1. Brew green tea. Let cool. Put some on a cotton ball and wipe off the wound area. Let dry.

2. Put on a thin layer of calendula gel or cream. Do this twice a day.

3. Get silicea 30c. Put 5 little pellets in a juice glass. Add a little distilled water. Stir vigorously for 30 secs. Won't dissolve pellets. Take a teaspoon of the liquid and give it to the dog orally on an empty stomach. Best time to give it -- distilled water with dinner. An hour later give the silicea and take up food bowl so they don't eat after taking the silicea.

Do the silicea remedy just once. Should see the wound close up in a day or two.

Heal Naturally

Posted by Tim (Hillsboro, OH) on 02/10/2007
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Living on a Farm with many different animal's chickens, dogs, donkeys, cows and horses we have discovered LET THE ANIMALS HEAL ITSELF. There immune system is not damaged like ours. It's amazing to watch cuts and bites and scrapes heal themselves without our help. (Makes you wonder what animals did before we came along) With the more severe cuts we use Hydrogen Peroxide and 7% Iodine. Works great -- haven't lost an animal yet.

Replied by Sweetamers2373
Wildomar, Ca

Hey! So 1 of our chickens got bit by a dog and her whole rt. side has a HUGE chunk taken out of her :( We can see her tissues and insides completely. What should we do ? She is in alot of pain.. Please help us! Thank you!


Posted by Chelsofly (Usa) on 11/27/2015
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I had a cat that had a massive open wound under its chin which had gotten infected. I was taught by an holistic animal vet to pack the wound with raw honey. It worked like a dream. It was a sticky mess and she would lick her fur ... which aids in the healing also. I was also told that if I did not have Honey, that plain Sugar (yes I did say plain Sugar! ) can be used to pack the open wounds and it will work the same way. I have used the remedy on my kids and dogs also and am a believer! Also taking Turmeric internally....

Posted by Bealadie (Fremont, NC) on 05/17/2009
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I read about how great honey was in healing wounds/cuts in animals and it's true! Our dog seems to get hurt weekly, and anytime he has an open wound, we clean it with HP, put honey on a gauge bandage and then wrap it. After a few changes, it heals great! Thanks for the tip!