On Tuesday 11/22/2011 I had a client to train from 9-10 am. When I came home the photo to the left is what i walked in to. At first I had no idea what had happened to my black Lab Kho. At first I thought she had some sort of fight with my other dog Jade. But that would never happen, nor did it look like a wound.
As you can see from the photo there were oozing red bumps all over her snout. I began looking on the Internet and bumped into Two Little Bursons blog. After seeing this blog I was 100 % sure that Kho had been bitten by a similar poisonous spider, possibly even a Hobo or Brown Recluse.
After an entire day of researching, I came up with a plan. This plan did NOT include taking Kho to the vet. This is a decision that each individual dog owner must make. My choice was to go the natural and holistic route. Many forums mentioned that the vet would only provide an antibiotic and a steroidal treatment to help inflammation. None of these treatments do anything to address the spread of venom.
For the first day I cleaned the wound every 2-3 hours with peroxide.
I also decided to change her diet up. The diet was to be geared for maximum immune system support coupled with natural antibiotics.
The diet consisted of the following:
Immune System Boosting Foods
- garlic cloves
- sweet potatoes
- coconut water
Natural Antibiotic Foods
- garlic cloves
- raw honey (not regular processed honey)
In addition the the diet changes I made the choice to include certain supplements and herbs in the treatment. Alot of this stuff I had on hand so I was lucky.
Immune System Support
- vitamin C – I used the Nutrabio brand because it was pure and powdered. This made it easy to add to food and enabled me to make it into a topical paste.
- zinc – again i went with Nutrabio due to purity
- vitamin E
- fish oil
- green tea or green tea extract
– I also made the decision to add in 25mg of Benadryl twice per day to help with itching and inflammation. This was safe as Kho weighs 85 pounds. Contact your vet or conduct your own research on limitations. I was told not to exceed the dogs weight in mgs.
By day two the size of the wound had grown considerably. This was expected though. The venom spreads in every direction from the bite site. In the process it destroys the skin and tissue. This was the day that Kho also experienced diarrhea and was in a very sluggish mood.
I stayed on top of the cleanings and keep feeding her and made sure she was properly hydrated. She never lost her appetite, so that was a plus.
I spent this entire day tracking down a list of other herbs and supplements to use in the treatment. As stated earlier, the main task to to suck and draw the venom out of the bite and wound area. This is the most important task and the task that most vets don’t address. Screw modern medicine.
For the first day, I would apply a thin layer of A-D oinment to the area after cleanings. This was good to fight infection, but once again did nothing to pull the venom out and to stop its spread.
I decided that I would add topical pastes to the bite site every 2-3 hours. I rotated between two pastes. The first paste was just pure baking soda. I put it in a bowl and added just enough water to create a paste. Baking soda helps to dry and clean the wound. It also helps to draw the venom out. Other sources also claimed that it helps to cancel out the acidity of a brown recluse venom.
The second paste consisted of the following:
- activated charcoal
- plantain extract
- vitamin c
All the these ingredients I found at Vitamin Shoppee. I used the Nutrabio vitamin C though. If you dont have powdered vitamin C, I would suggest a liquid version in order to make the paste.
Basically I placed all these ingredients in a bowl and added just enough water to make a paste. Some of these supplements came in capsule form so I had to empty them.
I alternated the two pastes every 2-3 hours with her cleaning. BE SURE TO GET A DOG COLLAR CONE. Without a cone your dog will try to wipe off the pastes. It is crucial to keep them on the wound as long as possible in order to dry it out.