Vetericyn® - Broad Spectrum Antimicrobial

An Antibacterial, Antiviral and Antifungal Wound and Infection Treatment

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Vetericyn is a non-toxic, broad spectrum antimicrobial. It is available as Vetericyn® VF (Veterinary Formula) and Vetericyn®, the over-the-counter formulation. The VF formula is twice as strong as the OTC formula. Puracyn is a similar product, formulated for use in humans.

Effective Germ Inhibitor

Vetericyn works because it is similar to what are released by the body's own immune system to fight disease-causing organisms. Neutrophils, part of the white blood cell team, release oxychorine compounds to get rid of these invaders. Vetericyn is a similar oxychorine compound, producing a similar effect; according to in-vitro studies by Vetericyn.

Non-toxic and Non-irritating

Commonly used wound cleaners such as hydrogen peroxide damage tissue on a cellular level, and may prolong healing times. (Not recommended for use in cleaning out wounds.) Vetericyn is a strong oxidant - it disrupts the cell structure of the pathogens (germs) and adds oxygen to the wound area, speeding healing times.

Additional questions? Learn more about Vetericyn® from the manufacturer.

Vetericyn VF in Practice

How does Vetericyn VF compare to more traditional wound management treatments? I interviewed Henry (Hank) Cerny DVM, who has been using Vetericyn VF for about five months on a variety of cases.

Q. How long have you been using Vetericyn in your practice?

A. I have been using Vetericyn for approximately 5 months and have used it on dogs and cats in the treatment of various wounds and allergic skin conditions. I am a dental nerd and use it as a wipe down in the patient's mouth prior to dental cleaning, and have used it to flush infected anal sacs with good success.

Q. What are the primary conditions that you use Vetericyn for?

A. The two common topicals I have used in the past are Silvadene for wounds and chlorhexidine-containing products for the management of secondary infections in allergic dermatitis patients. I still use these products and like them. Vetericyn in one more product that helps me "win" against the war of infection.

Silvadene, while a great product, can be messy and there is always the risk of an allergic reaction to the ingredients. I like chlorhexidine, but when I worked at the UNL veterinary diagnostic lab we quit using it to clean the biosafety hoods since we could easily culture Pseudomonas and Bacillus spp 30-60 minutes after disinfecting. I had been looking for a product that was effective, non-irritating and not likely to stain the owner's couch.

Q. Can you give some examples of typical wound/infection healing with Vetericyn?

1) Hot spots - The area was clipped and cleaned using the Vetericyn hydrogel. I have the clients spray the affected skin 2-3 times daily, gently wipe off with a gauze pad and reapply. Based on cytology, I treat the infection(s) with an oral antibiotic / anti-yeast, and give a short course of corticosteroids for the pruritis. I have not used Vetericyn as a sole treatment for hotspots.

2) Otitis externa - A very large dog (115 lbs) who originally presented for a secondary yeast infection (cytology) on a Friday. I sent ear cleaner and Otomax ointment. The owner called the following Tuesday to say that when she cleaned the ears she was now getting a thin ropy brownish material from both ears and the dog was very pruritic (itchy).

On recheck, it was predominately gram negative (sent off for culture and was Proteus mirabilis, resistant to almost everything but Baytril - the owner about passed out at the cost of Baytril or Zeniquin.). The owner wasn't able to clean the sore ears at home so I boarded the dog and cleaned the ears (filled the ear canals with Vetericyn solution, placed a cotton ball in the opening and rubbed vigorously) twice daily, followed by Otomax ointment. Within 4 days , the dog was doing much better and I sent home to continue treatment for the next 2 weeks.

I have treated several cases of yeast and bacterial otitis externa and have found that Vetericyn alone is not very effective as a sole agent and still send either Otomax or Tresaderm to use after cleaning. The nice thing is that Vetericyn does not irritate a sore ear and is safe even if the tympanic membrane is ruptured.

3) Hit by Car - This s not a labeled use of the product. I had a hit by car Belgian Malinois who had a radial ulna compound fracture with gravel, dirt and God knows what else in the wound. After clipping and cleaning, I sprayed the exposed bone down with the Vetericyn solution (also started on Cefazolin). Repaired the fracture and had no complications with infections.

Thank you, Dr. Cerny for sharing your comments and experiences using Vetericyn VF.

Tip: A wound cleanser such as Vetericyn is an essential item for your pet's first aid kit.