Pressure sores, hygromas or decubital ulcers are wounds that are caused when the bony part of the body such as the elbows, hocks or hips rest for an extended amount of time on a hard surface which restricts blood flow to that area resulting in dead tissue and/or calluses. Often this happens to dog who are seriously ill or injured and are confined for long periods of time.
Pressure sores can be seen in any breed of dog but large and giant dogs seem to be more at risk for developing them.
Pressure sores can often be difficult to treat and can lead to infection if they become deep and are not treated properly. The most common form of treatment is to relieve the pressure from the sore and provide the dog with a soft surface to lay on, such as a padded dog bed or blankets. Pressure sores should be kept clean and in some cases may need to have an antibiotic ointment applied. Pressure sores that form on a dog’s elbow or hock may need to be wrapped with a non-stick bandage to prevent infection and provide a cushion.
Leroy developed pressure sores when he was hospitalized for 4 days. They got worse when he came home because he was pushing off his hocks in order to stand to up.
With guidance from our veterinarian we’ve been able to get the pressure sore on his right hock to almost heal with applying triple antibiotic ointment and wrapping the area with vet wrap.
Keeping the pressure sores covered are a pain in the butt because they are located by a joint that bends constantly. Sometimes I get a good wrap to stay in position and sometimes I don’t.
Even though we’ve been doing the same treatment on the pressure sore on the left hock, it is not being as cooperative.
**GROSS ALERT PHOTO BELOW**
The good news is that the vet took a look at both pressure sores last week and neither are infected. The sore on the right hock is almost all callused over and closed up so we’ve been able to stop bandaging it.
The left pressure sore is not getting any better so we are taking a different approach and using a product called the Assisi Loop.
The Assisi Loop™ features tPEMF™ technology, (targeted pulsed electromagnetic field) which uses electrical currents to improve health and healing.
The simple law from physics allows currents to be induced in tissue from outside the body, without anything touching the skin! The magnetic fields can penetrate through bandages, casts and fur!
Are you guys as excited about this as I am?
But I bet you can’t wait to see if it works or not!
I started using the Assisi Loop on Leroy Sunday.
We are doing (3-4) 15 minute session a day since Leroy’s pressure sore is pretty bad and I will be sure to give you updates on how it’s going and I’ll also be explaining a lot more about what conditions the Assisi Loop™ can treat, such as arthritis, inflammation, pain management and post surgical healing.
I also will be talking a lot more about how the Assisi Loop works.
The Loop requires a prescription from your veterinarian which means I just can’t go and give one away.
**Leroy’s veterinarian did NOT initially prescribe the Assisi Loop. I was contacted by Assisi Animal Health to see if I would be interested in reviewing the Loop and then I took the prescription and information to Leroy’s vet and the prescription for the Loop was approved.