Bugs’s hot-spots are healing. He wants you to know how much he has appreciated all your knowledgeable and kind comments.
I’m feeling much better now, thank you.
The two principal agents in Bugs’s recovery appear to have been Vetericyn and cortisone cream. If you need to know right away which I recommend, it’s Vetericyn. And they have not paid me to say this.
For those of you who have urged me to try this product, many many thanks.
The cortisone cream was recommended by my vet. I didn’t like the idea and so I first made some salve from natural ingredients. The salve was delightful (it oughta have been, given the cost of the ingredients!). Unfortunately it did not work, or it may even have made Bugs’s condition worse. On the bright side, I now have a terrific hair-care product for myself – coconut oil and chapparal, excellent.
I then just caved and followed my vet’s advice. The cortisone cream helped immediately.
But then I read a post on Layla’s blog by vet Rich Goldstein. Dr. G. warns against the cortisone cream, on grounds it can cause urinary problems. I can confirm that Bugsy was drinking more water while we were using this stuff.
Dr. G. joins you who recommend Vetericyn. And so pronto I found some, not a quarter of a mile away from my house. Hooray, no shipping and I support local small-business in the bargain.
Vetericyn is touted to be benign as far as side effects are concerned, and it is supposed to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties and, in addition, to reduce inflammation, pain, and itching. My observation is, it started working right away. And with no apparent side effects. What a relief. So let the following photo essay serve as a celebration.
For those of you who need more specifics about hot-spot treatment, see more text after the picture-fest.
Cactus I planted twelve years ago.
Sunset. In case you might think it was sunrise.
See the crossed paws? Cute, yes? (Not to mention the healing bald spot.)
Now here are more details about the hot-spots, for those who need to know.
Dr. G.’s post contains a laundry-list of toxic substances with which you might be tempted to treat your animal’s wounds or skin problems. Don’t! Please remember, our animals will lick up whatever we put on them.
Be Very Careful
To my horror, I got “tricked” into using a salve that had zinc oxide. Zinc oxide is on Dr. G.’s sh*t-list.
How this happened was, the salve I used at first (see earlier post) turned out to be too difficult to apply to bleeding wounds. As to that salve I had done my due diligence on the ingredients – but I had a sample tester of another salve. I was using this other salve on myself and I liked it real well. Plus it was creamy and easy to apply. The tester, though, was too small to have an ingredients list. At the time I was scared and worried and I forgot to do due diligence. This is the kind of thing that can happen when we are scared and worried.
All thanks, then, to a friend who casually asked, “Do you know what’s in this?”
Thanks also to the internet, which came up with the answer I did not want to hear.
And one more thing — my vet said Zertac would be useless because the allergen pathways are different for respiratory than for dermatitis.
I recommend having a first-aid kit on hand. Next time Bugsy gets a wound and I get scared and worried, I won’t have to try to remember stuff. I’ll just grab what I already researched. Vetericyn is now in my kit.
I Like My Vet But
She was going for the steroids.
When Bugsy had his skin trouble last time, I did ask her opinion of Vetericyn. She was kind enough to look at their website, but she came back with that “not enough data to confirm or disconfirm” thing. So I let it go. Wish I hadn’t. I know better now.
After all, you and Cesar Millan and Dr. G. recommend Vetericyn.
If You Must Use The Hydrocortisone Cream
Watch out for the fancy versions with an ingredients-list that takes up the whole panel on the box. You need none of that extra stuff. Plus, lurking in the fine print could be zinc oxide or aloe vera (who knew that was possibly bad for cats!!). I went for the cheapest version, which contained only the hydrocortizone plus mineral oil and white petrolatum.
I repeat, though, steroids do not seem good to me and I really disliked seeing Bugs drink so much.
Best Advice : Early Intervention
I am sure that if I had had Vetericyn on hand, and had I applied it the moment Bugsy got his wounds, this crisis would never have blown up to the scale it did.
Let me just say amen to Dr. G.: “Once a hot spot is detected, it’s important to jump on it early so that it doesn’t progress to a painful, infected mess.” Yup. What happened over here.
And plus, I hate to keep harping on money – but this was a very expensive little frolic. Needlessly so, unfortunately. Not to mention the misery poor old Bugsy went through. He was not a happy cat, let me tell you.
He’s better now.