Treating an Open Woundby Cheryl Carroll
My cat received a pretty deep scratch from another cat one day. The scratch was on his face, so when he broke out with little hard bumps on his shoulder, neck, and the opposite side of his face, I didn't connect the two. I woke one morning to find that the bumps were gone and in their place were about nine open wounds. He had scratched at the bumps, but at the time I didn't know that. They were perfect deep circles. I thought a brown recluse spider--or maybe even several of them--had bitten him.
Then things got really bad. My first lesson was a very painful lesson for my cat. I did not take immediate action to protect his wounds from his scratching and they were made much worse by him. Then they got infected. The vet told me that a wound from another animal can cause bacteria to enter the body and infection can spread. I wrapped his shoulders the best I could to keep him from scatching, put a cone on his head and started him on antibiotics. I wasn't sure the one scratch had caused all these wounds, but the vet was positive of it.
I changed the bandage daily, but most of the wounds were not healing. Eventually, two of them healed, which gave me hope and kept me working faithfully to heal the others. Each day, I would wet the bandages down and work slowly to remove them and keep him really clean. I went through three different rounds and types of antibiotics. I was also given some cream and I had purchased some wound spray at the feed store.
On the fourth round of antibiotics, I asked if there was anything else I could do for him. Nothing seemed to be working. I was told to try some over the counter antibiotic ointment.
At first I tried a spray, but he didn't like that at all and it didn't seem to help. Then I got the strongest triple antibiotic ointment with pain relief I could find and put it on his bandages and wrapped him. By the very next morning, his wounds had started to heal. A few days later, the smallest wound was completely closed up and within a week, the rest of them had healed. Amazing!
One thing I discovered, at his expense, was that the skin is not very strong when the sore first heals. I took his protective covering off too soon and he scratched one of the wounds open again. We had to start all over. The skin needs at least a few months to get most of its strength back and even then it won't be as tough as before.
After many long hours working on his wounds, I've learned a little about what works and what doesn't. Here are my suggestions, if your animal is going through this: