Granulated sugar and sugar gel in treating canine wounds

Gabriele Maria Callegaro Serafini João Eduardo Wallau Schossler Anne Santos do Amaral Luciana Hermes Dutra Angela Piantá Dibi Priscila Drogemoller Cristiane de Lima Athayde About the authors

Sugar is one of the most widely used products in the treatment of wounds in veterinary medicine. Its main advantage is the hygroscopic effect on tissues and the bacterial death by plasmolysis, making it a bactericidal agent due to the physical effect observed, without leading to bacterial resistance. The aim of this experiment was to compare cicatricial evolution of cutaneous wounds with the topical use of sugar either granulated or as gel. Sixteen canine wounds were treated: eight with granulated sugar (group A) and eight with sugar gel (group G). Treatment time, independent of the group, took at least seven days and a maximum of 14. Concerning applicability, gel sugar showed better adhesion to wounds and subcutaneous filling more effectively that granulated sugar. It is concluded that both granulated and gel sugar were effective in healing skin wounds, the gel being precocious in cicatricial retraction within the first seven days of treatment.

skin wounds healing; sugar forms; bacterial resistance

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