Below are some basic guidelines for treating your horses and farm stock with Schreiner’s Herbal Solution. With this knowledge, we hope that you can proceed with confidence as you take on the responsibility for treating your animals.
A healing environment is created when the wound is clean and the natural flora necessary for cell regeneration are not destroyed through the use of harsh chemicals or antibiotic treatments. We do not recommend using any other topicals in conjunction with Schreiner’s because their chemical nature can actually inhibit the healing process.
NOTE: If the wound is large, deep, or contaminated, antibiotics may be required to fight infection within. Tetanus toxoid or antitoxin injections may be recommended. Please consult with your veterinarian if you have any doubt about treatment.Schreiner’s for Horses • Schreiner’s for Cats
Schreiner’s for Dogs • Schreiner’s for Other Pets
Cleaning Wounds for Horses
Step 1: Clean the wound
After the decision has been made to stitch or not to stitch, treatment of most wounds is the same. To begin, thoroughly clean the wound using cold water.
Step 2: Apply Schreiner’s®
Apply Schreiner’s® liberally to the wound and surrounding area twice daily. Spraying the surrounding area soothes trauma and keeps flies away.
Step 3: Dress wound properly (if necessary)
Wrapping the wound may be necessary, particularly in the early phase of treatment or if there is bleeding. It is critical that the wound be allowed to “breathe.” If you must bandage, use gauze and porous tape, and do not wrap the wound so tight as to prevent adequate circulation. The wrap should be changed regularly.
Step 4: Continue to clean wound every third or fourth day
Thoroughly clean the wound with cold water under pressure (a garden hose with a nozzle attached works great) and remove any new scab. Apply Schreiner’s® twice a day. Continue this treatment until the wound is healed.
Cleaning Wounds for Dogs
Cuts, bruises and scrapes require the same first aid you would use for humans. If the injury is major, call or visit your veterinarian. If it is a minor wound, clip the hair from the edges and gently cleanse the wound with warm, soapy water. Do not use any harsh disinfectants, as you may end up doing more damage than good. Let the area air dry and then apply Schreiner’s. We do not recommend bandaging, as it slows healing and infection can develop within the warm, damp area of the bandage. While people generally prefer to have a wound sewn closed, few wounds actually require sutures. In fact, the wound will heal faster and without scars if they are left exposed, healing from the inside out.
The most common fungal infection on dogs causes “hot spots” angry-looking red spots commonly found on the neck and back. These spots can appear suddenly, especially during summer and fall. They can cause an intense itch or be extremely tender to the touch. They start as a balding spot and spread outward, usually keeping a circular shape. To treat the area, clip the hair away from the entire red area and apply Schreiner’s® Herbal Solution two times a day. Schreiner’s® is anti-fungal and should bring immediate relief.
Mange is also quite common with dogs. Mange mites burrow into the skin and cause intense itching. Symptoms include pustules, scabby areas, thick grayish areas and baldness on the belly, legs, face and back. Because mange is so contagious it is best to isolate the dog from other dogs. Since many other skin conditions look like mange, you cannot be certain until a skin sampling is examined by your veterinarian. To treat with Schreiners, clip the hair away from the infected area and apply Schreiner’s® Herbal Solution two times a day. You can also treat without clipping.
Cleaning Wounds for Cats
Step 1: Clean the wound
After the decision has been made to “stitch or not to stitch,” treatment of most wounds is the same. To begin, thoroughly clean the wound using cold water.
Males, in particular, often exhibit abscesses. Abscesses are frequently the result of fighting wounds such as bites and scratches that puncture, but do not tear, the skin. These wounds become sealed with bacteria under the skin which develop into abscesses. Because the skin of the cat is normally loose, the abscess can spread under skin and fur and go unnoticed until suddenly a large bulge appears. Sometimes the abscess breaks and drains, but more often it will ooze through perforations in the skin and not drain adequately. We recommend having your veterinarian look at this to determine if lancing is necessary and/or if medication is advised. Applying Schreiner’s® to the area will help draw out any infection. Antibiotics should also be administered. Caution: Not all bulges are abscesses. Take care to prevent accidentally lancing a hematoma, causing your cat to bleed excessively.
Stopping the bleeding is the first course of action. This is easily done by applying pressure with a bandage or piece of gauze. If the cat is bleeding severely, a tourniquet should be used. A fresh cut “not more than one day old” may heal best if stitched, but many cuts do not. Cuts that are dirty, over joints or over heavily muscled areas do not heal well when stitched. The outside of the cut should not heal before the inside because bacteria will be sealed in breeding infection. We do not recommend bandaging, as it slows healing and infection can develop within the warm, damp area of the bandage. Apply Schreiner’s® twice a day for best results.
Ear infections are often the result of ear mites burrowing into the ear and creating wounds for bacteria and fungus to enter. A cat with an ear infection may shake its head and scratch its ears with its hind legs. Although this may just indicate an accumulation of wax and dirt in the ear canal, it is important to check. Swab out the ear with a ball of cotton or cotton swab dipped in Schreiner’s® Herbal Solution. If symptoms persist or you see no signs of relief, take the cat to your veterinarian for closer examination.
Cleaning Wounds for Other Pets
From alpaca to zebra
We like to say “from alpaca to zebra” because we have used Schreiner’s® on a multitude of other animals in between (from bunnies to yaks)! And just as you would reach for your own first-aid kit for less than serious wounds, you can pick up a bottle of Schreiner’s® for an immediate solution.
We are always delighted, and sometimes surprised, by the letters and emails (many with pictures) we receive and that is why we include many of these testimonies on-line to help you decide if Schreiner’s® is right for your pet and your situation.
For all practical purposes you would apply Schreiner’s® to the affected area, having washed the site and allowed it to dry. Be careful to avoid the area around the eyes. If it is a serious wound, or if there is severe bleeding, consult your veterinarian immediately. If you are experienced with treating minor wounds or skin care issues, proceed as instructed on the bottle.