Bella the Brave: Treating a Dog's Severe Leg Injury with Medical-Grade Honey

Products: L-Mesitran Soft
Case study performed by: Dr. Gavin, Cradle Vet Bird and Animal Hospital, Ruimsig, South Africa.

Bella, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois, suffered a severe injury on her left front leg, exposing muscle, tendons, blood vessels, and nerves. The wound extended from her elbow to her carpus, making it necessary to consider multiple surgeries and skin grafts.

Method: The wound was thoroughly cleaned, and a thin layer of L-Mesitran Soft was applied before suturing. The lateral side of the limb was covered and sutured with the remaining skin. For the first ten days, the wound dressing was changed daily, along with laser therapy. From day 19, a bipedicle flap surgery was performed, attaching the limb to the trunk for better blood supply. The wound was then progressively liberated in several stages, switching to silver sulfadiazine cream and milking balm for further wound care.

Results: At first, the edges of Bella’s wound got worse, but after cleaning it again on day 7, healthy tissue started to grow. By day 19, the wound had shrunk by 20%. After the special surgery on day 19, Bella’s leg was slowly freed from being attached to her body. By day 37, her leg was completely free. The wound fully healed by day 58, with the new skin closing perfectly.

Bipedicle flap technique: limb position during recovery.

Wound healing progression. A). Day 3. B). Day 5. C). Day 7. D). Day 13. E). Day 16. F). Day 19. G). Bipedicle flap surgery on Day 19. H). Post-op recovery. I). Day 39. J and K). Completely healed at day 58.

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Discussion: Medical-grade honey (MGH) has been shown to improve wound healing, preventing infection and preparing the wound bed effectively. In Bella’s case, L-Mesitran Soft helped prevent infection and supported the formation of healthy granulation tissue. The advanced surgical techniques, combined with MGH, facilitated successful healing.

Conclusion: Medical-grade honey (MGH) dressings, like L-Mesitran Soft, are proving to be a powerful and effective solution for preventing infections and preparing wounds for healing. In Bella’s case, the use of L-Mesitran Soft played a crucial role in her remarkable recovery. This innovative treatment not only sped up the healing process but also ensured a clean, healthy wound bed, ready for advanced surgery. Bella’s successful recovery highlights the incredible potential of MGH products, offering hope and improved outcomes for similar challenging cases.

In our study, we utilized L-Mesitran Soft. Now, we are excited to introduce a new addition to our portfolio tailored for veterinary use: L-Mesitran VET Soft. This product features the same beneficial ingredients and components as our L-Mesitran Soft, but in packaging designed specifically for our veterinary colleagues. L-Mesitran VET Soft is an antibacterial gel containing 40% MGH, supplemented with vitamins C and E, making it ideal for both superficial and deep wounds.