Wow, Honey

Wow, honey! But first…

Ten years or so ago, I had two dogs that weren’t entirely compatible. One night in a moment of extreme incompatibility, Ollie (Dog #1) sliced open Lena’s (Dog #2) snout. It was a very clean cut and even though it was late at night I knew there was a 24-hour vet in the city where I could take her.

Then one of my friends suggested using crazy glue. “All the hospitals use it!”

So crazy glue it was and the cut healed perfectly.

Fast forward to about ten days ago when I noticed our new dog Fanny licking at her back paw after a hike. She had sliced her paw open good and deep.

Now is the time I should mention my aversion to vets. In a similar vein as auto mechanics, I feel hopeless to disagree under the weight of their diagnoses due to ignorance.

But Fanny’s cut was seriously deep.

So I did what any modern iconoclast would do. I went to YouTube.

And the video at the top was the first one that came up.

Honey, if you don’t know is some magical stuff. When the open the tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs after 2000 years, they find honey that is still edible.

Here is a quote from a National Institute of Health study:

The healing property of honey is due to the fact that it offers antibacterial activity, maintains a moist wound condition, and its high viscosity helps to provide a protective barrier to prevent infection. Its immunomodulatory property is relevant to wound repair too.

While it was recommended that I use Manuka honey I made do with plain raw and five days after I applied the honey wrap, which necessitated a cone of shame to keep her from going at it, the wound had closed. The picture above is after 7 days. Yesterday we could barely find the scar when we searched her paw.

As an addendum, I appreciated the fact that I don’t obsessively document my life with photographs but I wish I would have gotten a pic of the initial wound.

One Minute Anatomy: The Rotator Cuff
Ida’s Sad Ankle


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