An answer for Miss Urban’s 6th period class who asked “What is Hydrotherapy and does it hurt?”

by rroberts19 • Posted in: Rescue

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.


2 Responses to "An answer for Miss Urban’s 6th period class who asked “What is Hydrotherapy and does it hurt?”"

  1. Mary Schenck-Rosssays: January 10, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    I am so grateful to hear Honey is progressing! I am so impressed with how you are caring for her.

    What kind of person would hurt such a sweet and innocent creature? She deserves the treatment she is now receiving.

  2. Jamie Dicksonsays: January 11, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    I’d like to echo Ms. Schenck-Ross’s comment and also say, while I was appalled to hear that someone had done this to her, I’ve been happy to see how many others want the best for her and were willing to donate to her care.

    Get better Honey!