Decubitus Ulcer Cream: Effective Treatment for Decubitus Ulcers in Dogs and Cats

Decubitus ulcer cream is used in veterinary medicine to treat and / or prevent the formation of decubitus ulcers in animal patients.

What Are Decubitus Ulcers?

Decubitus ulcers, also known as pressure sores, form when the animal’s skin has been subjected to ischemia (lack of blood), which is due to pressure caused by lying prone for a long period of time on a surface or from external objects. If the ulcer does not heal within six months, it is considered a chronic ulcer.

This type of ulcer is commonly found in unconscious patients in intensive care, patients that have suffered spinal injuries, or those with poor motor and sensory function. Elderly animals are also at increased risk of decubitus ulcers.

Signs and Symptoms of Decubitus Ulcers

Early in the development of a decubitus ulcer, the skin will appear to have patches of redness and the animal may exhibit increased blood pressure, as well as bouts of shivering and sweating.

Decubitus Ulcer Creams and Prevention

Decubitus ulcer creams are used in veterinary medicine to help treat and prevent these painful sores from developing. The creams are made up of omental lipids, which have been used for treating ischemic areas for nearly a century to great effect. The omental lipids are typically formulated along with a cleanser and barrier cream to make for a topical cleaning, prevention and treatment option.

Decubitus ulcers can also be prevented by turning the animal patient at regular intervals. Typically, the prone patient is turned every three hours, during which their skin is inspected and cleaned. Such preventive practices help restore blood flow to any parts of the body that may be under continual pressure.

Author: Giano Panzarella