Archive for November 16, 2008

Buy it From a Pet Store

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November 16, 2008 at 7:54 pm 4 comments

Sweet Relief

Hat tip to Dolittler for this excellent video on the use of honey to treat wounds from the Ontario Veterinary College

Honey has been used as a topical wound dressing for thousands of years. It helps control infections and helps create a healthy surface for healing.  Despite this, it is not commonly used as a wound dressing in human or veterinary medicine. According to a study published by Ontario Veterinary College, Honey’s beneficial properties include reducing inflammatory edema, accelerated sloughing of dead tissue, stimulation of macrophage migration, providing a high-quality cellular energy source and maintaining a moist wound environment. Some of these effects occur because honey contains glucose-oxidase enzymes. These enzymes constantly form hydrogen peroxide from the sugar in the honey. Peroxide acts more effectively on wounds in the smaller concentrated doses provided by medicinal honey than it does when applied in the common liquid form because it is constantly being renewed. And, unlike liquid hydrogen peroxide, the peroxide produced by the enzymes in honey doesn’t damage living skin cells.

The glucose-oxidase enzymes are destroyed in pasteurized honey (like the honey you typically buy in a store.) Common unpasteurized honeys may contain harmful bacteria. Honeys derived from unique floral sources in Australia and New Zealand (Leptospermum spp) have enhanced antibacterial activity, and these honeys have been approved to be marketed as therapeutic honeys (Medihoney and Active Manuka honey).

November 16, 2008 at 5:12 pm 1 comment

Because A Dog’s Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste


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