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GROWING NEW SKIN OVER A WOUND

In December 2011 at almost 12 years of age, Anatolian Shepherd dog "Mimi" was injured in a dog fight. Although serious, her injuries at first appeared likely to heal quickly; however, she chewed on the first digit of her front paw, permanently damaging the blood supply to the first toe, and it had to be amputated. This is an extensive surgery, akin to having your thumb removed all the way up to your wrist.

It was a hard surgery for an old dog, leaving Mimi with not enough skin to cover the open wound and so much pain that she would not eat. Complicating matters were "phantom limb" issues, difficulty walking because the stabilizing toe was missing, and extreme pain which made it necessary to force feed this 100 + pound doe pureed food for weeks until the pain subsided. After numerous attempts to keep Mimi from licking or otherwise disturbing the wound, including the use of an Elizabethan collar, my vet came up with the solution:

Chondroprotec by Neogen Vet (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan). It regrows skin. I repeat: IT REGROWS SKIN IN A VERY VERY SHORT TIME. In less than a month, Mimi's wound was completely covered with new healthy skin. Had I not seen it with my own eyes, I would not have believed it. See the accompanying dated photos.

We changed the dressing daily, applied Chondroprotec over the entire wound and overlapping the edges of good skin, applied a non-stick telfa pad to the wound, and taped the bandage so Mimi could not chew or lick it. Chondroprotec is a prescription medication. A small bottle 10ml/1000 mg costs $70.00. But what a bargain to get new skin to grow so quickly. It is approved for use on dogs, cats, and horses, but I have no qualms about using it on my goats if the need should ever arise. Chondroprotec is used to treat partial and full thickness wounds, secreting and bleeding dermal lesions, first and second degrees burns, pressure ulcers (stages I-IV), surgical incisions, donor sites, and venous stasis ulcers. It is truly a miracle drug.

Suzanne W. Gasparotto, ONION CREEK RANCH, 1-9-13

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