Medical-Grade Honey Helps Horse Wounds Heal
But the secret to better equine wound healing might have been with us all along, thanks to bees.
Previous studies have already shown the benefits of honey in experimental wound healing. But researchers recently learned that medical-grade honey (MGH, which has been sterilized by gamma irradiation to eliminate any naturally occurring viable bacteria or spores) appears to facilitate significantly improved healing rates in naturally sustained wounds.
When field practitioners applied MGH to horses’ wounds prior to suturing, the defects were more likely to have complete wound healing within two weeks, before suture removal, than horses that didn’t receive MGH, said Gal Kelmer, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, ECVS, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, in Beit Dagan,
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