Brian Gresko: Let’s Work Together To Improve Animal Health

By Brian Gresko

You probably have never heard of Cargill WoundCare, but chances are you have experienced the benefits of the business. Cargill WoundCare provides the most clinically proven wound care products on the market. The team is committed to partnering with veterinarians to bring new and innovative solutions to our patients and we know that this comes at no cost to the pet’s owner.

Yet with around 15 percent of humans getting wounds on their feet and an estimated 10 percent of pets walking around with wounds every day, why don’t we have a common sense, clinically proven vaccine that treats animal wounds? I imagine it is something like the one for human patients that we would all agree wouldn’t be a good idea. The same goes for our pets!

Unfortunately, studies on pet health have only reached near or spot-zero findings with regards to treating animal wounds. Veterinarians focus on not only the wound but the health of the entire body and preventable injury, such as diabetes or respiratory problems. Veterinarians are trained to recognize and manage the pet’s medical issues. But what happens to pets with infections in their feet? And where do we direct prevention? Don’t ask! I need to focus on the betterment of my own patient first before I can help with the wellness of other species.

It is truly frustrating and worrisome to us that we don’t have a standardized vaccine that has been shown to be safe, effective and easy to administer in the hopes of developing a healthier body and more effective living environment for the pet.

Cargill WoundCare has the following solutions to help prevent injuries in our pets. These wound and skin repairs and treatments are highly effective and safe. They may also help reduce re-admission to an emergency animal hospital.

Diploidectomy is a common outpatient procedure that targets foot and lower extremity wounds that are gangrenous.

Improves animal health by releasing degradable tendons that help promote healing and encourages better movement by assisting with joint movement and function

Immediately clean, disinfect, and dry wounds

Lumenical surgery is a wound healing procedure that provides lymph nodes (a drainage system located near the knee) in order to aid in disease control and prevention, including immunity promotion

Treatment uses a laser that stimulates healing and decreases collagen loss by restoring microvessels and mature vessels

Pros and Cons of Cargill WoundCare (Infographic)

Cargill WoundCare was developed by Dr. Leon Roth for human use and its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and respiratory properties have been used to treat diabetic ulcers for more than 30 years. They’ve been making IV fever treatment available to pets, people and other animals for over 50 years. So why don’t we have the Cargill WoundCare vaccine for dogs, cats and horses? We have this in human medicine right now.

Vaccinations are proven to be one of the most effective ways to prevent disease and protect the lives of your family. In addition to the health benefit, vaccinations often offer an additional, incalculable benefit by preventing costly emergency medical expenses when a dog or cat comes down with a severe illness.

Sufficient proof that a vaccine is safe and effective is one of the greatest myths to be believed in medicine. These tests are performed every year on nearly all livestock animals. Even watery warts can be tested by dropping a liquid down a cat’s throat to see if the warts turn blue when injected.

If you can stomach the cost, make sure you are reading the fine print on your prescription. Vet drugs can cost a lot of money!

Good behavior is a prerequisite for participating in a treatment. This is the same with every surgical procedure or medication. If you are caught even one time with poor behavior, you will most likely receive a disciplinary warning from your doctor or veterinarian. If you do a poor job, you could be eliminated from the treatment program altogether. With products and treatments available to help manage and prevent or control chronic and non-chronic disease, it’s the caregivers that stand to lose out.

Working as a vet tech for a large practice can be rewarding, but it’s still tough to get paid when your patients’ bills exceed all of your earnings. Instead of buying an extra meal with your dinner money, look into an insurance program like Grand Insurance. The benefits include monthly payments that protect your wallet and your pet.

Veterinarians and pet owners all over the country are struggling with this. We need to develop clinical research and policies that protect our pets and our owners.

Veterinarians are highly educated people who understand the human body

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