Natural Remedies

Wound That Will Not Heal On My Dog - Please Help

Posted by Mama (Fort Worth) on 12/15/2023

I am asking for help I have a small poodle schnauzer mix that had a cyst on her right backside for years, she managed to bust it almost 2 years ago. I drained it and cleaned it up, but it has never healed. The wound is open. I have taken her to the vet and they want to surgically remove the sack that carried the cyst. We just do not have the money to do that. Is there any other options I have to help at home. She has been wearing the cone for the most part of the day because she will get at it and make it bleed. Thanks in advance.

Replied by Rob

Sugardine – The Survival Medicine You Never Heard Of:

Sugardine is simply a paste of granulated white sugar and betadine solution mixed to a toothpaste or peanut butter consistency, and it is a remarkably safe and effective wound dressing.

Granulated white sugar heals wounds. Sugar has been used in Egypt and many other Middle Eastern countries for generations as a safe way to treat cuts and in some cases burns. Sugar draws water from the wound into a dressing accelerating the healing process, which is prescribed in African folk medicine. The sugar kills bacteria through osmotic action, and attracts the body's "clean-up crew" of macrophages and other infection-fighting elements to the wound site, thus promoting rapid cleansing and healing of the wound.

I read an article about this sugar cure for wounds back in 1985 from a woman who was trying to heal her grandmother's bedsores. The earliest mention of sugar for wound healing that could be found in the medical literature was during World War I in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Sept. 4,1915).

This treatment persisted as an old wives' tale until the mid 1970s when Richard Knutson, MD, began using sugar on hard-to-treat wounds (Southern Medical Journal, Nov. 1981). His formula involved mixing 4 pounds of table sugar with 1 pound of Betadine (iodine) antiseptic ointment (know that you're not allergic to betadine) and 6.5 ounces Betadine solution in a double boiler over low heat. He applied the mixture to a depth of one-fourth inch, changing the dressing and cleaning the wound daily. He treated over 5,000 patients over 15 years.

Ingredients for sugardine:

  • Table Sugar
  • 10% povidone iodine (or the more expensive betadine)


  • Mix one part 10% povidone iodine to two parts white sugar.
  • Adding more or less sugar makes it the consistency of thick honey or peanut butter.
  • Put the sugardine in a container with a tight fitting lid. The mixture will need stirring now and then but it will never go bad.

- It is my understanding that with a large open wound you pack it with sugardine and then bandage it.

Sugardyne can be safely applied to the wound without fear of any bleeding once clots have been given adequate time to form–usually 1 ½ to 2 days. A copious amount (¼ to ½ inch thick layer) of Sugardyne is applied to cover or fill the wound and then covered with dry gauze. Deeper wounds are packed full of Sugardyne to the brim. Dressings are changed once daily. Dressing changes continue until the wound if fully healed. As a rule, no skin graft will be required. Skin will automatically cover the granulation tissue (“proud flesh”) that fills the defect, completely.

Source: How and Why To Use Sugardine


Another fantastic post, Rob! Thank you for writing this up. My son's teacher has a wound that won't heal and has been out from school for weeks now. I'm going to send this to him. And of course, I‘m adding Sugardine to my recipe book.

Replied by nancy

I had a similar injury on my finger that antibiotics could not help. I used Manuka Honey and it worked immediately.

I saw it eat up the wound by the hour. One of the best remedies I have ever tried. Good luck.

Replied by John

Please explore low dose naltrexone for pets. Vets would give you a prescription. It is prepared in a compounding pharmacy. I used to order it from overseas, for myself. There's a post here on EC about LDN.

You can use red light therapy as well. My cat loves it. I wish I could post a photo.

Lastly, acupuncture, to stimulate healing mechanisms.Yes, acupuncture. When I have severe back pain an acupuncturist treats me at home (I pay extra). One time I had mentioned my cat did not pass stool or pee for several days, she put few needles into my cat at no charge The cat urinated in an hour and the next day passed her stool. I was impressed. She, the cat, was also not eating, and started eating the same day.

LDN, red light and acupuncture stimulate body's healing mechanisms so it heals itself, whatever is broken. You body as well as your pet's body knows what is wrong and how to heal it