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kayden

Wound slow healing

My cat had his tail amputated a few months ago. He has had several problems with it and ended up having 2 almost 3 surgeries on it. Recently, his stitches (metal because he ripped out the cloth ones before) and all the skin surrounding them fell of the end of his tail. We paniced because underneath was reddish pink flesh but our vet said it had just healed under the stitches and was ok. Now we just had to watch him very closely to make sure he couldn't get at it and open it up again. It's been a litle over a week, and most of the wound has grown skin over it, but there is a middle section about the size of a dime that is not growing skin. Is there anything we can do to help this last middle section heal faster?

4/3/08

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stuart easby stuart easby

Aloe Vera the fresher the better. See question I posted on aloe vera. I trust he has a collar on to prevent him licking the stump. At what level is the tail amputated.

4/3/08

kayden

Thank you! Can I just use Aloe Vera gel like you would use for a sun burn? Yes, he has had a collar on through the whole thing so a little over 2 months. He hates it. The tail is amputated close to his butt. There is about 1 inch of stump. We bandage it whenever we are not there to watch him so it doesn't get to air out as much as we'd like. About 5 hours a day because we both work full time. Should we apply the aloe vera before we bandage it or when we unwrap it? Thanks!

4/3/08

stuart stuart

Apply the aloe vera fresh from the leaf as described under Aloe Vera post and leave open as long as possible. lways use non adherent dressing if you must bandage it at all. Try gentle cool hair dryer very carefully at first (cheap and safe) or try a laser (expensive and dangerous).
Good luck.

5/3/08

kayden

I am having trouble findin the pervious post about aloe vera. I put gauze over the wound before wrapping the tail. Should I use the hair dryer after applying the aloe or anytime I unwrap it to dry it out? The rest of the wound healed so quickly I don't know why this last part is going so slow. We are leaving on a trip Saturday and I'd love for the whole wound t be covered in skin before we leave him with my parents. Thank you very much for your help.

5/3/08

stuart stuart

The aloe vera post is in the horse section. Do not use gauze as it will always pull the new skin off every time you change the dressing. Preferably do not cover it at all. If you really really really have to then use a mellolin dressing shiny side to the wound. Use the hair dryer whenever you can as often as you can and for as long as you can. It must never feel hot to the back of your hand placed near the wound. Use the hair dryer just as you would when drying your hair to avoid any burning.
Signing off now its tea time.

5/3/08

kayden

Thank you very much! I will try all your suggestions! I really appreciate your help!

5/3/08

stuart stuart

Fingers crossed.

6/3/08

stuart stuart

Just one further though re your reference to sun burn. I should think that when used for sun burn and certainly for prevention of sun burn the aloe vera will be only one of the ingredients of the application. Do use pure aloe vera on the healing wound and the sun cream on any residual hairless/pink flesh in the summer.

6/3/08

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