A honey poultice saved a small dog’s life: Lucy’s story
By Brett Kent / For the Enterprise - Welcome back to the Beehive. In the last column, I mentioned that our honey was used to save a little dog’s life. I am going to tell you folks a story about how honey can help and did help, save a little dog-named Lucy. Last fall my father passed away from Alzheimer’s. Lucy was my parent’s dog. Lucy is an eight-year-old poodle. Lucy meant the world to my parents, especially to my dad, even in his last days. So, Brenda and I were happy to take Lucy in to our family and add her to the chaos created by our two other dogs. We have Nicky, a Papillon, and Dakota, a Golden Retriever. Both Nicky and Dakota are female dogs. The weird thing is that Nicky, the little lap dog, is the boss in the dog hierarchy in our house. Nicky is a year older than Dakota and she used to drag Dakota across the floor when she was a little golden retriever. So even though Dakota is bigger than Nicky now, she just lets her be the boss. I tell you this to help explain some of the dynamics of the relationships between the dogs. I just know, very soon, as you keep reading, you will be asking, “Why did this happen?” Then you will say, “I’m never going over the Kent’s house again. “Well, I’m for sure not going to get out of the car and deal with those crazy dogs.” Let me say, before you get carried away, our dogs are very nice, and it is safe to come see us. This story should be told to the dog whisperer. Maybe then, we could get the answers to so many questions. Ok, so now we add Lucy to the mix. Everything seemed to be going fine, until one day I let Lucy and Dakota outside. A few minutes later, I heard Lucy cry out. I ran to the door and Lucy was running towards the house. Dakota was running towards Lucy. It was obvious that Lucy had been injured. She was cut from just behind her shoulder on one side all the way over her back to just behind her shoulder on the other side. She was bleeding very badly, as her skin was sagging away from her body. I picked her up and looked at Dakota as I was running for the house. Dakota didn’t have any blood on her and perhaps she was coming to Lucy’s rescue when she cried. I didn’t have time to investigate, so I jumped in the car and drove to the Ark Animal Hospital. While driving, I called Brenda and held on to a little cubby dog that was bleeding all over everything. Good thing I didn’t run into any cops. (Lol) I ran into the Ark and it was all hands on deck. Dr. Mia Long and Dr. Stacy Melzer immediately went into surgery with Lucy. The surgery was successful and in about six weeks Lucy had her drain tubes removed, her stitches were out and her hair was beginning to grow back. So, we were left wondering what in the heck had happened. We checked the yard looking for any jagged wire. We couldn’t count out Dakota, but she was cleaner than OJ after the attack. Some people thought maybe an eagle had attempted to grab Lucy, but that she was too plump and the eagle had let her go, to get airborne. So, all seemed OK and life at the Kent household went on with the three amigos. Sorry, did I mention this was a long story? Then about Christmas time, my son Ryan and his girl friend Mariah and I returned home to find Lucy in the house, cut wide open again, with blood everywhere. Little Nicky was covered with blood and Dakota was as clean as a whistle. Now I didn’t have time to point out the obvious, but at this point, I am ruling out the eagle theory. I called the after-hours number at the Ark, and Dr. Melzer and a couple of her staff raced to meet us at the animal hospital. Lucy was back in surgery. Dr. Melzer was very concerned and told us that Lucy might not make it this time. She had huge areas of hide that had been torn off and she had a broken rib and bruised lungs, etc. When the surgery was complete, Lucy was stitched up but had had two gaping wounds that didn’t have any skin to cover them. Finally, this is where the honey comes in. Dr. Melzer used our honey, being that it is unpasteurized, to help grow the skin back on Lucy. She would soak bandages with the honey and pack them in the wounds. The idea is that honey has properties that not only promote beginning skin tissue, it also has properties that act like hydrogen peroxide and help keep the wound free of bacteria. There is also some other scientific mumbo jumbo. All I really know, is that after a week in the hospital with Dr Melzer and her top notch staff, and a month of Brenda and I changing the honey bandages daily, little Lucy is as good as new. I have included a picture of Lucy’s wounds to show you folks how bad things were. I have also included a picture of Lucy all healed up, to show you how great Lucy looks now. Her hair is growing back and Lucy is doing great. Oh, did I mention that Lucy asked for a transfer? She is now living with my brother in the cities. He has two dogs, too, but they are smaller and Lucy has a better chance down there. Thank you, you folks take care.