The patient was an ex-champion racing greyhound, Yankee, from Hall Green stadium.
Yankee suffered a severe bite wound to his front leg (through the muscle tissue to the bone) which ended his racing career. The trainer continued to keep Yankee and sought help from local vets in the hope that the wound would heal but after repeated infections and no healing, Yankee was passed on to the Hall Green Branch of the Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT) after one year. With little hope that the wound would heal, over another 2 years and ongoing veterinary care, the RGT funded 2 skin grafts which both failed in closing the wound completely. Many courses of antibiotics were prescribed as Yankee suffered continual infections and was clearly in a lot of discomfort during this time.
In July 2009, Yankees new owners, members of the Hall Green RGT contacted us to try a new honey wound gel, Melladerm Plus, to help clean Yankee’s wound and to fight the infection. All slough and necrotic tissue was cleared in a week by the Melladerm Plus and we then recommended a course of Photizo treatment as Yankee’s ability to heal was severely compromised. The light therapy treatment could be given at home quickly and safely every day when the dressing was changed.
Yankee’s new owners found the Photizo extremely easy to use and commented that in addition to the wound healing, Yankee appeared a lot more comfortable from the moment they started Photizo treatment. He was less agitated and stopped gnawing at the wound. This suggested that he was also benefiting from the pain relief effect which would also give the wound a better chance to heal. They are positive that Yankee’s leg would not have healed without the Photizo!
Wound finally closed after 3 months of Photizo treatment!