Hydrotherapy means the use of warm water, both during immersion in a tub, and in showers with running water. Hydrotherapy as a mode of treatment for burns has the following purposes:
- to enhance desloughing and to clean the wound surface
- to drain pus and to help debride dead tissue
- to alter microbial flora
- to enhance healthy tissue formation and healing
- to facilitate physical therapy
- to comfort and psychologically uplift the patient
In Honey’s case, we typically put her in a tub and use a faucet with a hose attachment to gently apply water to the affected areas , especially her back and front paw where there is a lot of damage. Her two most damaged paws are kept bandaged during the day, so this gives them a chance to air out, get cleaned up and promotes tissue growth. We give her a mild sedative so that she is as comfortable as possible. We run the water on all of these areas for a few minutes and to make them as clean as possible. When we are done we apply Silver Sulfadine, which is a medication used to treat and prevent infections associated with burns. We then reapply clean bandages and she is good to go until the next day when we repeat the process.