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How to Bandage and Use ACV on Cat?

Posted by P on 08/18/2007

Hello Ted, I have been reading through the website Earth Clinic and have found much useful information, thank you for all your suggestions. While I have found plenty of information about the benefits of ACV, I am looking for some specific suggestions about how to administer. My cat has scratched a large wound (about the size of a quarter) in the side of his face and seems to have very irritated sking all around his head (constant scratching and loss of hair). The wound heals and then he will re open it again. I have been washing it with salt water but am at a loss for what else to do - how do you bandage a wound on their face? Can I use the ACV for this? Is there something else? Please advise. Thank you, P

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

I would use lightly applied a well shaken milk of magnesia (without the aluminum) with a couple of drops of iodine solution. To prepare that (not a perfect one, but at least for starters), I would prepare 2 tablespoons of milk of magnesia, and use iodine solution as the antiseptic such as 5 drops, well mixed, and apply this to the wounds.

To cover the wounds and prevent further problems if it it need be I would use vaseline to protect them to prevent airborne bacteria from such infection. Bandages applied only in case of a bad wounds which would cover a large part of the face by applying to wound to the back of the cat's head, but I would prefer to keep it simple and apply just the solution first, and if it's not working due to additional infection, then I would redo it and apply the vaseline as an added protection. At least that's how I would do it. The cat should eat fish as their body cannot synthesize certain amino acids such as taurine and some dietary foods for cat is therefore necessary so that they can heal.

The Milk of Magnesia - Iodine solution should be applied at least twice a day or as necessary so that whatever bacteria infection is dead giving a chance for some healing to commence. The drinking water in one liter should have some baking soda (never baking powder) about 1/2 teaspoon per one liter of water so the alkalizing solution will also further the healing process.

It's not a perfect solution but it is the best one I can come up with whenever there's unhealable skin infection, at least on my dog anyway due to certain infectious wounds, quite often it is the staphylococcus.

Hope this helps!