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Treating Abscess in Animals with Homeopathy

18th May 2008 by Arrow Durfee Posted in Uncategorized

Cat Bites

This response is partially for Cat, in response to her comments about treating feline leukemia. I have also heard of other successful leukemia treatments with homeopathy on cats. Although I have not treated abscess wounds in dogs I have no reason to assume that the same treatment would not work as that I have outlined for cats.

I haven’t had a lot of experience in treating animals. In general my animals do well and don’t get sick much. But I have had difficulty with abscessing cat bites. My tomcat is a scrapper and over the years he has come home with significant wounds. This article will tell you how to treat them.

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I use only 200c remedies for this but 30c can work too but it may take a little longer with more frequent repitition of dosage. I have had a few cases where the higher potency was needed to complete the cure.You will need:

  • Lachesis
  • Calendula
  • Hepar sulph.
  • Calc. sulph.
  • Pyrogen
  • Silicea

Although you will not need these for all cases keep them in stock as you will need it right when you need it!

My first case of treating abscess was with my tiger cat, Morris. He was a stray that came to live with us, mostly because my 7 year old son, to my dismay, kept bringing cats home.

One day he got closed in my bedroom. When I opened the door the smell in the room almost knocked me flat. It smelled like someone had been making Limburger cheese in there. And there was Morris, asleep on my bed. When I picked him up I found a huge draining abscess on the back of his neck, about the size of a large marble. When I squeezed it foul stuff came out and he screamed at me. Morris also seemed a little odd. Like he was just tired.

This abscess responded well to hepar Sulph. In less than 2 days the drainage was gone. The odor was gone even quicker. I gave him a dose of 200c two times a day. After about 5 days the abscess was fully healed. He did loose hair over the site but it grew back in due course.

Then my white cat Max got into a scrape. Max just disappeared for a while and we knew something was wrong. We found him hiding under the house and it was difficult to get him out. Once inside he peeled off to hide under the bed. When I finally got my hands on him I found a boil on his back that was large and shiny and blue to purple looking. With the hiding and the bluish abscess I gave Lachesis 200c probably a couple of times over a few days.

This remedy did not cure but Max stopped hiding and the blue look went away. I went on to complete the cure with Silicea to open the wound and get it to drain, Calc. Sulph, to treat the infection as well and calendula to promote healing.

Animals are difficult. They can’t tell you what they are experiencing in pain and other symptoms that a homeopath might generally consider when selecting a remedy. When I am unsure I throw what I’ve got at them. I never found this approach to be ineffective. All that stuff about remedies canceling each other out or disrupting the symptom picture is baloney. I give remedies frequently, even in 200c when the situation is acute. Often up to 3 times a day. Over time I have found them to be most effective in this manner. Better to overdose than under dose. You don’t want a space of time where the action of the remedy is not present. Giving “too” much in such acute situations will not alter the events in a negative way what so ever.

From then on Max proved to be my learning patient. At least once a year he would come to me with some awful wound to treat. I have seen all kinds of purulent or bloody drainages, smells, wounds that were tunneling, difficult to drain, close up, then bust out again. No matter what he brought to me I have managed to heal the worst in no more that 4 weeks, most in 1 to 2 weeks.

One time I was in the process of treating Max and having difficulty getting to the cure. I had a trip scheduled to fly out of state, which meant my husband would have to take over. So I decided to take Max to the vet for an antibiotic, as my husband would not have the time, knowhow nor patience to assess and administer homeopathy. He received some high-powered antibiotic, a 10-day course. When I returned 6 days later the abscess was still nasty, I didn’t see any progress at all but decided to complete the antibiotic treatment. It was clear to see that he was in quite a bit of pain after the antibiotic treatment was done. The wound that had been draining was now closed again. I chose Silicea to open the wound. After it was open there was no smell so I added Calc Sulph. He was also getting lethargic so I added Pyrogen. He received a dose of each 3 times a day. One thing I have noticed is that the pain of the wounds goes away within a day or two with the use of homeopathy. Even if the wound persists for a week or more the animal will be comfortable.

Calc sulph. should not be used on a non-draining wound. Make sure the wound is open before using. A Calc. Sulph. wound may not seem painful.

Silicea will open a closed wound to drain. There can be a smell associated and a purulent drainage.

Hepar sulph. has a foul smell, and may smell like strong cheese. Purulent draining wounds that are extremely painful.

Lachesis, is for hiding, fear, lashing out. Purple or blue wounds.

Pyrogen is for abscess in general and systemic sepsis. The animal will appear lethargic, sleeps all the time. Since Pyrogen is make from purulent rotting meat I have started to give it routinely as a prophylactic  during bite cases to prevent systemic infection, similar in principle to vaccination.
Calendula will treat a number on nonspecific symptoms. Promotes general healing. I had heard from a Veterinarian Homeopath that this remedy saved her whole leg from amputation after a brown recluse bite that became very septic.

Over the years I have successfully treated over 15 cases of animal bite without any antibiotic use. All the wounds were nasty, two had fistulas.

The remedies I purchase are from India. They are about $1 for a bottle for a fine granule remedy that can treat at least 50 cases, very economical. It may take 2 to 3 weeks for delivery so it’s not the best choice for an emergency.
You can order remedies here and email them if you want to design your own kit. There is a $30 minimum.(That’s 30 remedies!)
www.natural-living.com/homeopathic.php
e-mail: nlpca@sbcglobal.net

They are excellent remedies and I have used this brand successfully for years. Significant discounts for large orders. They come in tidy boxes with labeled compartments.

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8 Responses to “Treating Abscess in Animals with Homeopathy”

  1. Arrow Durfee Says:

    Arrowwind Says:

    Homeopathy is a medicine for animals and people alike, just as many drugs are used for both species. The above I learned by working with my cats but you can use the same remedies under similar circumstances for people also. In fact, the treating of people is how homeopathy was developed. Applying the remdies to amimals came shortly thereafter. The principles and symtpoms upon which the remedies are selected are the same for human and animal, although it may be harder, or at least has been for me in selecting remedies for my cats because they can’t tell me what they are feeling so your obsevaton skills and intuition perhaps need to be better tuned.

  2. Arrow Durfee Says:

    Arrowwind Says:
    March 27th, 2007 at 1:22 pm
    Here is an article that tells the conventional treatment for cat bites to other cats. You can expect to spend $80 minimum at the vet, and that is if all goes well. Surgery? Anesthesia? Weeks of antibiotics? Humph!……. Ain’t Homeopathy wonderful!

    And here is what is commonly found in cat bites:

    The bacterial species most commonly found in bite wounds include Pasteurella multocida, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas sp, and Streptococcus sp. P. multocida, the root cause of pasteurellosis, is especially prominent in cat bite infections. Other infectious diseases from animal bites include cat-scratch disease, tetanus and rabies.
    Doctors are increasingly aware of the importance of checking animal bite wounds for anaerobic organisms, which are microbes that can live and multiply in the absence of air or oxygen. A study published in 2003 reported that about two-thirds of animal bite wounds contain anaerobes. These organisms can produce such complications as septic arthritis, tenosynovitis, meningitis, and infections of the lymphatic system
    …………………………………………………………..
    Category: Feline

    Feline abscesses
    Cat bite abscess

    AffectedAnimals:
    Cats and other animals can develop an abscess. Unneutered male cats that spend any time outside are the most commonly affected with bite wounds.

    Overview:
    There is a tremendous amount of bacteria in the mouth of a cat, and so when a cat bites another animal, the wound it leaves is very likely to become infected. The holes created in the skin by the teeth tend to seal over quickly, trapping all the injected bacteria underneath. When infection occurs, the wounded cat’s body will send a large number of white blood cells called neutrophils to the bite wound to help kill the bacteria. A painful abscess will form when the bacteria and neutrophils combine together in a pocket of pus that will appear at the wound site or just below it.

    If the abscess is not able to drain to the outside surface of the cat’s skin, the cat can experience a fever, anorexia, and other signs of illness. If left untreated at this stage, the abscess will expand and burrow through the tissues until it ruptures through the overlying skin. Generally, bite wound abscesses can be treated successfully with wound care and antibiotics. A greater worry with fight wounds is that through them, cats can pass on life-threatening diseases — such as the feline immunodeficiency virus, feline leukemia, and rabies.

    Clinical Signs:
    The clinical signs of an abscess vary, but typically there is a swelling or area of matted hair with some discharge coming from it. Cat bite abscesses commonly appear at the base of the tail and on the animal’s back, face, and legs. The area is usually very sensitive and may be warm to the touch. Cats that have significant infection will have a fever of 103.5 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, anorexia, lymphadenopathy, or swollen lymph nodes, and may show signs of depression.

    Symptoms:
    See clinical signs.

    Description:
    When a cat bites another cat, its front canine teeth sink into the skin, depositing harmful bacteria. Because the bite marks are usually small and seal closed quickly, the bacteria will be left buried underneath the skin where they can start an infection.

    The body of a wounded cat will send a large amount of white blood cells called neutrophils to the bite wound to help kill the bacteria. When a pocket of bacteria and neutrophils forms, it is called an abscess. If the abscess is sealed over, then the cat can develop a fever and become very ill. Once the abscess is opened up so that it can drain, though, the cat should begin to feel better.

    A bite wound from a cat can be severe and cause tremendous problems. Life-threatening viruses such as feline leukemia and the feline immunodeficiency virus commonly are transmitted from one cat to another this way.

    Any cat bite should be cleaned thoroughly to prevent infection. An attempt should be made to keep the skin lesions open for several days to allow the wound to heal from inside out. Antibiotics also may be prescribed to eliminate the growth of bacteria.

    If an abscess already has formed, the examining veterinarian will recommend the best course of treatment. Some cases require sedation or anesthesia due to the pain associated with the wound and the type of procedure that needs to be performed. Some abscesses expand so widely that when they rupture, they create a large defect in the skin tissue. These may require some reconstructive surgery once the infection has been eliminated.

    Diagnosis:
    The veterinarian will obtain a thorough history of the cat’s health from the owner, noting whether the animal goes outside often and its vaccination status. A physical examination will reveal an abscess, which is either a firm or soft painful swelling, or an area of matted fur that may have pus oozing from it. The veterinarian may extract a sample of the fluid from the wound and look at it under a microscope to positively diagnose an abscess. Sometimes a culture will be taken to specifically identify the bacteria present and which antibiotics will be effective in killing them.

    Prognosis:
    The prognosis for a fight wound infection that properly is treated is excellent. However, cats that get into frequent fights are at high risk for contracting feline leukemia virus, feline immunodeficiency virus, and rabies, all of which are fatal. There are vaccines that will help prevent FeLV and rabies, but there is currently no vaccine for FIV.

    Transmission or Cause:
    Fight wound infections are caused by a bite wound from another animal — usually, another cat. Unneutered male cats are the most likely to develop an abscess because they tend to roam around outdoors and get into fights to defend their “territory.” There is a tremendous amount of bacteria in the mouth of a cat, so anytime a cat bites a human or another animal, there is a very good chance that the bite will become infected. Cats with bite wounds or an abscess should be taken to a veterinarian; likewise, humans that receive a bite should seek immediate medical attention.

    Treatment:
    The veterinarian will treat a cat bite wound by washing and rinsing it thoroughly with an antibacterial soap. A hydrogen peroxide solution often is used to flush out and kill bacteria deep in the wound. If there is an abscess that already has ruptured and is in the process of draining, the area should be clipped free of hair and cleaned out with an antibacterial soap.

    For more severe abscesses, or abscesses that have not opened up and drained, surgical drainage is needed. This procedure requires sedating the cat and surgically making a cut into the abscess to open it up and allow all the infective pus to drain. Sometimes a temporary piece of material is left in the skin to allow the wound to drain for several days. The owner usually is asked to move the material a little once or twice a day until the drainage stops. The veterinarian usually will give an antibiotic injection and prescribe some for the owner to administer at home.

    Owners should use caution when treating a cat with a bite wound or an abscess. Some cats may try to bite if the area is extremely painful. The veterinarian can assist with any problems that owners may have.
    Severe wounds can leave a residual scar. Reconstructive type surgery may be an option once the wound is free of infection. This would reduce scar formation and speed the healing process.

    Prevention:
    The best prevention is to keep all cats indoors and prevent them from roaming and getting into fights. All cats should be neutered so that they are less likely to roam around in search of a mate; neutering also may make cats less territorial. Building fences can be helpful in preventing cats that persistently leave their homes from getting into fights outside of the property.

  3. Maggie Says:

    How does one get animals to take MMS?

    I have tried but my dogs and cat just will not drink it in their regular water bowl. Also, my pets never drink all their water in one go, therefore, much of the solution is left to go off, ergo, wasted.

    Can the MMS solution be mixed in with their food? I know that they can wolf down soft food and, although contrary to their usual diet, changing that diet periodically and to a slight degree, would be worth it to get the MMS into their bodies, if it would work.

    Please respond asap.

    Wishing healthy pets to all,
    Kind regards
    Maggie

  4. Ray Says:

    Maggie,
    You can feed MMS by including it in your pets regular feed. We usually mix directly with the kibbles as well as mixing in with a meat flavored gravy mix. We use the same technique when providing our older dogs with Glucosamine Chondroitin.

    We have had considerable success using homopathic remedies with several of our sled dogs.

    Ray

  5. Ann Says:

    For free homeopathic advice/prescription for people & animals please see :

    http://animalhomeopathy.aceboard.com

    Kind reg. Ann

  6. mairead murphy Says:

    my 6 yr old cat was very unwell 5 days ago-very lethargic,in obvious discomfort.Vet diagnosed fever-infection-gave i.v antibiotics and anti inflammatories the continued these orally since then.She made a good recovery til today-now has a large soft swelling on her upper leg/shoulder.it seems to have a crusted over wound there,no oozing,v little reddness.Cat in good form-purring when rubbed.She has already lost other front leg and eye due to 2 accidents 5 yrs ago.What homeopathic remedies can i give her to help resolve this infection?

  7. Arrow Durfee Says:

    Just read the article. you should be able to figure it out.

  8. Anupama Mallik Says:

    My Tom cat got bitten when he strayed out of the house a year ago. He came back with a wound on his left hind leg at the joint. The wound looked superficial so we left him to lick it well, but after a week an abscess had formed. Since then he has been taken to three vets with almost a daily visit to clean and cure the wound. He has been on several anti-biotics none of which have helped him for more than a few days. The current vet has got some tests done and found that he has Staphyloccus Aerius also known as MRSA. His kidneys are affected now and he has high creatinin, though his blood sugar and other parameters are all right. He is losing weight and starving himself now. A change in anti-biotics does not work for him now. We have had to give him glucose through a drip. Could you please advise some homeopathy? Do you think it will work now ?