Natural Wound Healing: 2 Weeks in…

Mukki came home from surgery with an Elizabethan Collar, which he quickly learned to use as a battering ram on me after he realized that blocking my path wasn’t getting me to remove it! After being unable to sleep Rich removed it at 3:30 am and Mukki took the opportunity to quickly scrape his stitches open on the carpet, sigh!

Our wonderful vet is also a fan of natural wound healing and told em to watch out for heavy bleeding or infection and in the absence of those, just let it heal on it’s own. The itchy madness caused by healing kept Mukki occupied enough to ignore the more sensitive area under his eye, where another tumor was removed. A week after, he did manage to tear the last stitch, his eye filled with blood and he ran to mommy (lucky me) I held a witch hazel soaked facecloth to his eye and cleaned up the blood and stopped the bleeding. For the rest of the day we repeated this a few times, but then it was okay.

Wound Healing

In college, I was constantly in awe of the beauty and logic of our body’s natural processes. I hated memorizing them but learning them was fascinating. The immune system took my breath away! It is well worth the effort to Google “wound healing” and “natural wound healing” -it is very interesting stuff!

Basically, the body responds to a wound by sending in the white blood cells who lay down their lives by gobbling up germs and debris, dead cells and tissue. These bloated cells die and form the scab. The scab keeps outside germs from coming inside. The scab in the wild is often rubbed off, we all know how itchy healing is, same with the dogs! The dog or his buddies will lick the wound and keep it clean, the body will beginning healing -from the inside out and form scar tissue. Eventually the wound closes. In natural wound healing, the skin does not heal over an unhealed area of tissue, which might contain a little infection, as might happen with stitches.

If stitches are applied in a sterile area and with sterile techniques, to an area well, cleaned of any bacterias, the wound will heal faster and quicker and leave virtually no scar tissue since we have taken that step out of the equation.

With dogs as active as a siberian husky, the stitched wound will be aggravated, rubbed and scratched -and very likely introduced to bacterias that can not be reached by tongue or air. These leaves the job to the white blood cells which eventually form puss, swelling and heat. (heat is how our body kills bacteria and viruses) This will need to be lanced, restitched and treated with antibiotics. This can become a long process.

So, I prefer when possible to allow the body to heal itself when ever possible, I choose this with my own body as well.

UPDATE: Wound completely healed in four weeks! No scar! Nothing to see but I did have to cut off a big furry scabby gross snarl…

3 weeks post surgery

3 weeks post surgery

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Mukki’s Special ‘Heal Me Quick’ Stew

Mukki had surgery last week to remove a tumor from his ear and an infected gland under his eye. We haven’t received the histology report yet but we have our finger’s crossed. For now, we need to get that ear healed!

poor Mukki's ear

poor Mukki’s ear

Mukki did not handle the Elizebethan collar well until he figured out it made an excellent battering ram and followed me around demonstrating his prowess! Then he removed his stitches. The vet and I are proponents of natural wound healing -wish basically means a scar but wtf…

one sweet potato

one cubed sweet potato

I made my big boy a nice pot of Heal Me Quick stew!

Heal Me Quick Stew

Heal Me Quick Stew

Mukki is actually licking his bowl, he’s usually a picky eater!

Siberian Husky Rap Song

Siberian Rap Rap

Hanging in the hood
colors black and white
gangsters looking real good
scrapping for a fight…

Big bad boss, my man Mukki
looking sleepy, feeling mellow
go ahead and steal his cookie
gonna end up one sorry fellow

Lurking behind, the Mighty Quinn
he’s got an eye on Mukki’s role
but he’s a viper full of sin
puppy gonna grab that Alpha goal

Queen Tala’s pretty mean
pretty eyes, killer smile, cold heart
you on her turf, crossing her scene
baby, you better run, she gonna fart

Shy and quiet, little lethal Lulu
ice cold. dead cold killer blue eyes
she watching, she watching you you
make that call, write that letter bye bye

This is our crew, this our gang
wearing our colors, walking our walk
outa our way or feel the bang bang
you gonna wish you heard our talk talk

Oh, the thunder!!! The terror!!!

Mukki had no qualms facing down a 8 foot black racer and ripping its head off but a little thunder and he is trying to crawl into my lap! He forced himself between my legs and shivered while I held him! Poor baby, he is so scared! Quinn tries to comfort Mukki by chewing off his whiskers, which is just frigging odd! But, Quinn is odd. Maybe he is desensitizing him… or maybe he is just crazy

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Mukki was found in the mountains, bone thin and covered in ticks. He was on IV for three days and no one thought he’s make it. I’m guessing he lived through some very frightening storms all alone in the wilderness! He is traumatized during these storms. Quinn tries to calm him but he eventually gives up. Quinn stands in out in the pouring rain, grinning like a madman!

Let me outa here!

tala wants out

This is the wonderful, custom wooden boardwalk these spoiled beast have to get into the Gulag out back (100x75ft) because they don’t like getting mud on their precious little feet! And yes, there are stepping stones to the dog house, but only the girls use them… Tala likes to poop on them… sigh!

Actually, the gate is normally not set like this, the run is actually attached to the house and to a doggy door. They have a nice little porch and flagstone patio then the boardwalk… as I said the most spoiled dogs in the world! But, we needed to haul some mulch through their kingdom!

These are the most spoiled dogs in the whole frigging world!!!!!

The Air is On!

I just went out into the screen room and said: “Inside, I’m turning on the air.” The dogs jumped up and ran inside, each to a separate air conditioning vent! Who says huskies can’t be trained LOL

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Somewhere in the vents is a hoard of rabies tags….