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Meet Reggie. He's one of those cats you just have to love. He's a neutered male about three years old. He has a really great, laid back personality. He lives out in the country in a nice little house with several of his employees. They keep the house clean, open the door for him to come and go, and fill his bowel with food every day.
He runs a successful extermination business keeping mice, bird and dog populations under control on his vast estate. Recently it's been getting cold outside and occasionally the staff forgets to open the door when he knocks. But no worries, Reggie discovered that the engine of his butler's car stays warm for several hours after it returns from the cat food store and he has taken to curling up under the hood for a nap on cold days.
Several weeks ago, Reggie's maid had to run to town on an urgent errand (they were shockingly low on catnip!) and started the car without waking him first (it really is hard to get good help these days). Reggie's foot got tangled up with the fan belt and had a good bit of skin removed. Ouch!
His dutiful staff brought him to my veterinary clinic. There really wasn't anything I could do surgically. Fortunately for Reggie there were some other options. As an herbalist, I've treated hundreds of serious wounds. My protocol is to use herbs that accelerate healing and kill bacteria internally while simultaneously using poultices or wound sprays topically. These are the formulas I usually reach for (You can click on the links to see the ingredients...I'm too lazy to type them all out today).
Topical Formula As Poultice Or Wound Spray
I mixed a little of each of the internal formulas with some canned cat food and offered it to Reggie. He smelled the food, looked at me and said. "There must be some sort of misunderstanding. Didn't my staff tell you I only eat things that are delicious?". Yes. I speak cat fluently.
So, there was nothing for it. Internal herbs were not going to be part of this treatment. I figured he'd object to me applying a poultice to his sore foot everyday as well. So, I grabbed a bottle of the poultice tincture and added 1 tsp to about 2 ounces of water in a little 4 oz brown spray bottle. Voila! Wound spray!
I sprayed his foot several times a day. Have a look at the progression of the wound.
Day 1 Day 7
Day 11 Day 22
Reggie never acted as though the spray was uncomfortable, though he did always shake the excess liquid off his foot and onto my face so that I could be healthy too.
All in all, things worked out well for Reggie. He had us instruct his staff to honk the horn in the winter before starting the car. But, other than that, things are pretty much back to normal at the manor.
The take home message from this case is that, even in the absence of internal herbal support, the wound spray made from the Poultice tincture works beautifully. Nice to know for aristocratic cats (or obstinent husbands) that won't eat herbs!