GRACE - @ 9 years old.
Grace came to us with a severe hot spot on her back. She is a high energy dog, and once she decides to attack a problem, she literally won't stop! She chewed and licked and chewed this spot.
Prior to NT CANINE™ treatment, a vet had prescribed an ointment, which, as many of you have encountered, didn't work at all. This had been used for several weeks with no success. (See photo below on the left)
During this NT CANINE™ treatment, Grace required a cone-collar to prevent her from doing further damage. In Photo 1 below on the left, we can see how the previous sticky ointment treatment matted the surrounding fur so badly that it was now layered into the oozing mess of the scab. The photo on the right is after the hair had been trimmed away, and the hot spot was fully revealed.
This is a close up of the hot spot. The surrounding fur was trimmed away and the area was cleaned. To clean we used warm water only. NOTE: When using NT Canine, this "cleaning process" is only required if there are sticky remnants or other foreign matter. If you do clean the area, be sure to dry the coat completely before using the product. Generally there is no reason to wash again during treatment NOTE 2: We want to keep the area "dry" because the bacteria involved in Hot Spots needs a warm, moist area to thrive. So.... Wash it once, make sure the pet doesn't continue to lick, and in general... keep the area dry!
This is the dusting process. Simply aim and "Dust-On"
This photo was taken about 5 minutes after the first dusting. You can see how this first application of powder has absorbed all the drainage from the affected area. (It turns dark as it absorbs.) In most cases the dark, damp powder will begin to lighten in color as it dries over the wound - a good sign as that means that the product is "ahead of the problem!" .... Meanwhile, if there is no moisture present (and no true scab) this means that you are dealing with a red and angry looking rash (instead of an open wound). In this case, be sure to dust the rash and the surrounding area. You won't see any actual absorption, but be assured the product is working.
Pic 6 - Day 2
DAY 2.... This is the morning of the second day. Because this is a severe case, the area out-fought the 1st-day dusting. It found a small seepage point and began to slowly drain. With a case this bad, it's not unexpected. We used a soft rag, wiped away the drainage, and dusted again.
By mid-afternoon, we noticed the lower half of the scab trying to come off. We normally want to leave the scab completely alone, but in this case the upper half was firmly attached, and the lower half insisted on falling away. Below is what it looked like after we removed the loose area.
PIC 7 - Day 2
We allowed the solid scab to remain in place (the area on the right). It was healing correctly, and there is no reason to pull it off and start from scratch.
We dusted a few more times on Day 2.
Pic 8 - DAY 3
Here by day 3 we now have a good handle on the situation. While the scab has cracked slightly, we simply puffed a bit of powder into any openings to naturally absorb any drainage. This allowed the scab to begin to fully adhere to the tissue. Healing is now occurring from the outer edges inward toward the center. NOTE: At this stage you and/or your pet are going to have an urge to fiddle with the scab. Restraint please! Let's let the body do it's work. This healing process, as we all know, can get itchy. The good news is.. it's the itch of healing, and not infection!
PIC 9 - DAY 4
Now all the inner cracks of the scab are nearly completely closed up. Healing is occurring.
At the end of the day we returned Grace to her owner, armed with a bottle of NT CANINE. Instructions: Dust 1-3 times per day and keep her coat dry. (A swim in the pool now is not a good idea!)
We also asked that the Elizabethan cone remain on. If Grace were to start licking again she would add moisture (saliva) to the area, which will regenerate the bacteria. She would also tear away the scab. Granted the edges will have already healed inward from the edges, but Grace is high-strung and she will lick for hours on end if not prevented. Not good at this juncture.
Pic 10 - DAY 20
Grace was returned to us on day 20 for evaluation.
As you can see, the sore is gone and the hair is growing back nicely. Now it is just a matter of time while the hair grows back fully.
It should be noted that NT CANINE™, nor any other product, will "make" tissue re-grow. What NT CANINE™ does is "allow" tissue to regenerate. Its natural ingredients are strong enough to keep bacteria at bay, but it is non-caustic and won't burn or damage live tissue like so many other products.
The NT CANINE™ concept is to fight hot spots and rashes by giving the body natural re-enforcement - NOT by brutally attacking tissue.
When we sent Grace home, we advised another week of once-daily dusting with NT Canine™. We also recommended occasional dusting thereafter for preventative maintenance
Finally, here is a reminder of where we came from just a few weeks earlier. NOTE: We have used this example of Grace because it is far worse then the typical hot spot. This treatment took 20 days plus a little extra time for complete hair follicle re-growth. Most cases will take only 3-5 days if caught in the early stages.
And here is Grace at DAY 60. All hair is regrown.
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