Avoid Using This on Your Dog and Cat's Wounds, Hydrogen Peroxide Slows Healing

avoid using hydrogen peroxide on your dog and cat's wounds

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In this article:

  1. How Hydrogen Peroxide Inhibits Wound Healing 
  2. Natural Alternatives to Cleanse Wounds
  3. Natural Paw Soak Recipes for Your Dog and cat
  4. Natural Alternative for Ear Infections
  5. Natural Alternative Treatments for Oral Care
Are you using hydrogen peroxide to clean your dog or cat's wounds? Are you using hydrogen peroxide to treat your dog or cat's paw or skin issues? Ear infections or oral care issues?

Commercially produced hydrogen peroxide (e.g. pharmaceutical and food grade, sold in pharmacies) slows healing. It can also prevent healing. In this article I discuss why I recommend you avoid using hydrogen peroxide on your dog and cat's wounds, paws, other skin issues and ear infections. 
 
To clean and sterilize insect bites, cuts, scrapes and wounds, treat ear infections and oral care issues, use natural alternatives. Examples of natural alternatives are provided in this article.
 

How Hydrogen Peroxide Inhibits Wound Healing

Issue 1 - Lack of Differentiation
 
Commercially produced hydrogen peroxide (e.g. hydrogen peroxide sold in pharmacies) doesn't differentiate between pathogens and healthy cells.
  1. Kills pathogens (e.g. bacteria).
  2. Does not discriminate between bad bacteria and good bacteria.
  3. Kills good bacteria naturally present on the skin. The good bacteria produces enzymes that are necessary to support skin health.
  4. Kills healthy cells that are required to heal wounds.  

Issue 2 - Hydrogen Peroxide Causes ATP Depletion

Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is a molecule that exists in all living organisms on earth. At the cellular level, ATP is the main energy source for your dog and cat's key biological functions including:
  • DNA and RNA synthesis requires ATP
  • Muscle contractions
  • Nerve impulse transmission, including proper functioning of the brain 
  • Protein synthesis
  • ATP stores energy. When energy in a cell is required, ATP breaks down to make the energy available to the cell.  
  • Hydrogen peroxide depletes the level of ATP in cells.
  • Without ATP, your dog and cat's body cannot produce new cells nor repair damaged cells. 
Issue 3 - Connective Tissue Disrupting
 
Hydrogen peroxide reduces the body's ability to produce connective tissue. 
 
Connective tissue helps move nutrients and other important substances between other types of tissues to heal your dog and cat's wounds.

Issue 4 - Hyaluronic Acid Depletion

Hydrogen peroxide reduces the body's natural ability to produce hyaluronic acid.
 
Hyaluronic acid supports your dog and cat's eye, joint and skin health.
 
Issue 5 - Proteoglycan Depletion
 
Proteoglycan are a type of protein that occur naturally in your dog and cat's body.  Proteoglycans help regulate cellular processes. The body requires protoglycans to enable healthy functioning of connective tissue.
 
Hydrogen peroxide reduces the body's ability to produce proteoglycans.
 
Issue 6 - Damaged Molecules and Compounds 
 
When hydrogen peroxide comes into contact with the body's cells it causes the release of damaged molecules and compounds that interfere with healing and blood vessel formation. Healthy blood vessels are necessary to support healing of your dog and cat's wounds.
 
So, what should you use on your dog and cat's wounds instead of hydrogen peroxide?

Natural Alternatives To Cleanse Your Dog and Cat's Wounds

Below, examples of effective natural alternatives to cleanse your dog and cat's wounds:

Calendula 

  • Calendula is a medicinal herb. It a natural antiseptic with antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, healing properties.
  • Learn more about calendula and how to use it in this article.
Colloidal Silver
  • Colloidal Silver is a natural anti-septic, disinfectant with anti-microbial, antibacterial, anti-fungal anti-viral, properties.
  • Learn more about colloidal silver and how to use it in this article.
Iodine
  • Iodine is a natural antiseptic, astringent with antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
  • See recipe #1 Warm Water and Iodine in this article.
 
Natural Paw Soak Recipes for Your Dog and Cat

Calendula Paw Soak
  • Recipe, health benefits and instructions for use in this article
Himalayan Salt Soak 
  • Recipe, health benefits and instructions for use, in this article.
  • Use Himalayan salt soak to soothe inflamed, irritated or infected paws, not for open wounds.
Rooibos Tea Paw Soak or Rinse
  • Recipe, health benefits and instructions for use, in this article.
  • Use rooibos tea soak or rinse for dogs whose paws are inflamed, irritated or infected due to with food or environmental allergies.
Herbal Paw Soak, Spray, Rinse Recipes
  1. Rooibos Tea and Lemon Anti-itch Rinse Recipe
  2. Chamomile and Green Tea Soothing Rinse Recipe
  3. Lemon Balm and Nettle Leaf Refreshing Healing Rinse Recipe 
  4. Peppermint, Fennel and Rose Sensitive Skin Rinse Recipe
  5. Floral Antibacterial, Soothing Rinse Recipe
  6. Calendula, Antibacterial, Healing Rinse Recipe
  7. Marjoram Antimicrobial, Analgesic, Cleansing Rinse Recipe
In this article.
 
More Natural Paw Soak Recipes

Natural Alternative Treatments for Ear Infections in Dogs and Cats
  • Natural treatments for ear infections. 
  • Typical root cause of ear infections.
  • Steps to take to address root cause.
 
Natural Alternative Treatments for Oral Care in Dogs and Cats
  • Natural treatments for oral care
 
 
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Article by Karen Rosenfeld.
 

 

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