It is increasingly common for health specialists to use techniques and remedies that have been used for centuries and that, thanks to more recent studies, have been ginned that are as or more effective than some medications. Nowadays, it is common that, both in medicine and veterinary, natural products are used to treat some conditions and heal and heal wounds, sometimes directly and others, to reinforce drug treatment.
One of the most used is sugar because its properties are ideal for treating skin and tissue injuries. In fact, it has become one of the most used products for this purpose in dogs, cats, and other animals. If you are interested in knowing everything about this natural remedy, read this uncommon article in which we explain how to treat dogs’ wounds with sugar.
Healing properties of sugar in wounds
How does sugar work in wounds? This is the first question that appears when talking about using it to heal and heal injuries. The truth is that a few decades ago, it was discovered what the properties of sucrose to achieve it are. Specifically, although the first records of its use to heal open lesions were in the late 1800s at the University of Strasbourg, Dr. Herszage L. (1980) first mentioned the properties discovered when dealing with this product humans and animals experimentally.
Thus, according to these studies, the properties of sugar or sucrose to heal wounds, both in dogs and in other animals, are the following:
- Absorption capacity or osmosis: this makes it able to absorb moisture or water from the environment. It is possible for the lesion to dry, which greatly facilitates healing and healing. For this reason, it is widely used to treat ulcers, a type of lesion that, on its own, is difficult to heal due to continuous suppuration.
- Antibacterial and antiseptic properties: sucrose is very active against bacteria and other microorganisms. For example, in bacteria, it prevents their reproduction and survival by dehydrating their cytoplasm.
- It acts as a debridement: this product helps to separate the first fibers, filaments, or flanges that make up the surface of the lesions, allowing the wound to ooze well, eliminating all the pus and other waste before starting the healing. If a deep or severe wound is not debrided, either by hand with instruments or with remedies like this, it can infect or aggravate the infection if it already exists, as well as gangrene easily.
- Avoid edema: by avoiding the accumulation of moisture and fluid in the area, sucrose manages to prevent edema, i.e., is anti-edematous.
- Stimulates the immune system: when applied directly to the wound, even when mixed with other products, it helps to stimulate the defenses of the affected area, making healing faster.
- Accelerates healing: for all the above, sugar allows lesions to heal much faster, by promoting tissue formation and epithelialization, even faster than with the application of some creams that produce constant humidity or leaving the lesion in the air.
For all these reasons, the application of sugar in surgical wounds, deep or severe, is becoming more frequent in which there is very little skin to cover the lesion. This must be regenerated entirely, carried out directly by the veterinarians as part of the treatment from the beginning. It is also usual to see that both sugar and honey are used in open wounds since they contain sugars. Their properties are very similar, being food with great antibacterial, antiseptic, and regenerative capacity.
How to make sugar paste to heal wounds in dogs
This natural treatment to heal wounds in dogs can be applied in two ways: the granulated sugar, that is, the commercial table, or else using an over-salted solution of sugar. Its commercial version is applied directly to the lesion after cleaning and disinfecting it; instead, the solution must be prepared first and, in the same way, applied after performing a correct cleaning. It is advised to use one form or another depending on the case, so it is necessary to follow the veterinarian’s instructions if we have to perform the cures at home. To decide which method is better, the specialist will follow criteria such as, for example, whether it is a recent wound or an ulcer or the depth of it.
In the case of having to prepare a sugar paste to treat a wound to a dog, you can follow these steps:
- Heat 200 ml of water, and when it boils, remove it from the heat.
- Add 500 g or 0.5 kg of sugar and stir until it is as dissolved as possible, keeping in mind that it will be an oversaturated solution and, therefore, will not be very dissolved.
- Allow it to cool to room temperature.
- Use it directly in the lesion to be treated.
- It is not convenient to keep it for use in future cures unless it can be stored hermetically.
If the mentioned quantities are considered excessive for single use, in order not to waste the product, the quantity can be adjusted, but always in this proportion. For example, 100 ml of water and 250 g of sugar can be used.
Sugar for wounds, a useful first aid method
Curing and disinfecting wounds with sugar is a good choice among the first aid offered to a wounded dog. However, it is important to know when it is necessary and when other first-aid actions take priority before applying this treatment. For example, it is always necessary to clean and properly disinfect the lesion first, and then this remedy may be applied. It is instrumental when we are far from a veterinary center and, therefore, the injury will take to be attended by a specialist. So, if you need to take care of your injured dog, urgently follow these steps in case it is a skin lesion that does not penetrate the musculature or is shallow:
How to clean and disinfect a wound
- Apply cold or natural clean water on the wound to remove waste.
- Use oxygenated water, applying it directly to the lesion, to cut the bleeding and clean well.
- Apply a little alcohol with the help of sterile gauze or a clean cotton cloth.
- Let it air dry a few seconds or a few minutes.
- Cover with sterile gauze and tape or bandage, without excessive pressure.
How to apply sugar to the wounds of dogs
This treatment, in the case of first aid, must be done between the last two steps of the previous procedure:
- Clean and disinfect the wound well, as explained before.
- Apply powdered or granulated sugar over the entire wound until covered.
- Cover the lesion with gauze or a bandage.
Remember that in the case of a severe injury, with a lot of exposure or fractures, being something urgent since the life of the animal may be in danger, it is a priority to contact a veterinarian by phone and follow his instructions to move the animal correctly. To avoid a worsening, and take it directly to a veterinary center or hospital where they can take care of it.
How to use sugar to heal infected wounds
As a prevention method against infections and to achieve faster healing, specialists choose to apply this treatment directly after the first steps to cure an injury. However, it is also very effective and frequent to treat wounds already infected, as it is a potent antiseptic and bactericide, as we mentioned before.
How to heal and heal wounds infected with sugar
- The first step is to perform a cleaning and disinfection, as well as any other step necessary depending on the severity of the injury, such as, for example, a manual debridement to remove necrotic tissue, to remove the pus present in the wound correctly.
- Apply the supersaturated sugar solution or directly the granulate throughout the lesion until it is completely covered.
- Place a gauze and a compressive bandage if necessary.
- Let the treatment act for several hours and rediscover the wound to clean it again.
- According to each case, the frequency of cleaning and the change of bandage and sugar will vary. Therefore, the specialist’s criteria should be followed; for example, it could be two complete cleanings per day.
It is essential that every time the wound is washed, all the sugar is removed and the pus and any traces of devitalized or dead tissue are well cleaned, and the lesion is left in the air for a short time so that there are ventilation and exudate. Being able to apply this natural product and the bandage again. The veterinarian will have to keep track of the wound throughout the process until it heals completely.