We know, the last thing we ever want to do is run another errand and spend lots of money all because our curious cat really tests those nine lives to the extreme on a Thursday afternoon while it finds out just how hot that pot of boiling water really is. But, even if Casper the only-friendly-when-you-have-food Cat burns its paw pretty badly—bad enough that the shrieks of pain result in a concerned text from your neighbors—what does it actually mean for you, Casper, and your vet? What actually qualifies a wound as chronic, and how will this impact Casper in his later years if its’ not handled properly in a timely manner? Don’t worry, that’s why we’re here.
A wound is considered chronic when surgical intervention is necessary, and in most cases is caused by vehicle trauma, animal bites or complications associated with surgery (VetBloom). Generally, wounds will close quickly on their own, but when they don’t, a routine of monitoring and redressing, cleansing and reapplying is necessary for the longevity of the animal as well as its overall well-being. It is always important to consult your veterinarian about the routine for optimal results, but don’t be afraid to ask questions so you know exactly what to do and what you should expect. Most of the time (too often, to be honest) an antibiotic is prescribed to prevent or eradicate bacterial infection of a chronic wound. On average, antibiotics take about 3 days to start working and you HAVE to keep taking them until you’ve run out (please refer to the antibiotic resistance blog post on why it’s detrimental if you do not do this). Nexderma’s Stem Gel and Silvet Spray have actually had comparable results, usually taking 3 days for the untrained eye to notice positive changes while having no known contraindications if treatment stops.
Chronic wounds are also extremely inconvenient for our pets if they are found in a place that moves a lot, like Casper’s paw. The more they move it = the longer time it will heal. Here is a real world example of my grace. One morning I was making a breakfast sandwich and decided to add some avocado (I was feeling adventurous, also, I am a millennial so it’s basically in the job description to put avocados on everything). One thing led to another, and I ended up stabbing myself right between my middle and ring finger on my left hand (yes, right in the finger crotch; tragic) causing a whirlwind of panic and forced adulting (I called my mom). Long story short I had six stitches and it took forever to heal because I am left handed and I use those fingers a lot (for blogging). Imagine Casper consistently staying curious on a faulty paw that will continue to be faulty forever if something isn’t done about it?
Worst-case-scenario if you don’t get Casper to the vet on time, he will lose a foot and 1/4 of his nine lives. Best case scenario, your vet carries Nexderma products and you won’t have to worry about getting a rash from constantly reapplying chemicals to his foot that claim to make him feel better (but, at what cost?). Either way, the best decision is always an educated decision. Always choose in the best interest for everyone after the knowledge is acquired, and everyone, even Casper, will always win