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A dog had a 9 cm2 hot spot on the head. The dog was to appear in an exhibition and therefore the area was not shaved, but only loose hairs removed. The area was cleansed and SertaSil applied. At check-up eight hours later, healing was clearly in progress showing contraction of the wound edges. The wound was left untouched. 12 and 24 hours later SertaSil was applied to any moist areas after which the wound was left undisturbed. Over the next week, the crust-like surface gradually fell off revealing new skin. After a week, the wound was completely healed.

Responsible: Alf Laebro, vet & partner; and Signe L. Dideriksen, vet, Centrum Small Animal Hospital, Denmark.

Detailed description:

A 9 years and 10 months old Labrador bitch had a hot spot of approximately 9 cm2 (3x3cm) affecting the top of the head reaching to the upper onset of the outer ear. The dog showed clear signs of pain but was otherwise healthy.

The dog was short haired and due for showing of working skills shortly. All loose hairs in the affected area were removed but the area was not shaved. The area was cleansed with hydrogen peroxide, dried with a sterile gauze pad and SertaSil was applied evenly over the entire wound including the wound edges.

After approximately 5 minutes the dog’s breathing calmed down and the dog settled down, indicating a reduction of pain.

At check-up eight hours later, healing was clearly in progress showing contraction of the wound edges. The wound was left untouched. 12 hours later SertaSil was applied to the no longer white or dry areas. This procedure was repeated 12 hours later. From then on the wound was left untouched. Over the next week, the crust-like surface gradually fell off revealing fresh epithelium.

After a week, the wound was completely healed.

Some days later the same procedure was used on a different dog (11 year old Labrador bitch, 6 cm2 moist eczema on left flank). Procedures and healing processes were identical.