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Quarkwickel with the dog – fast emergency helper with pain and Co.

When I ask dog owners if they know curd wraps, most of them say “yeah sure”. As a rule, however, they have not thought about the fact that they can also do something good for their dog. Yet the simplest things are usually so close at hand. I love these time-honored “home remedies” that have been tried and tested for their effectiveness and passed down from generation to generation.

The best part is that they are usually very easy to use and you have everything in the house that works for it. Therefore, today I would like to recommend you the curd wrap, which I have already recommended to many dog owners. The curd wrap is a cold wrap and can be used for acute pain therapy in inflammation and swelling. It works most efficiently in the first 24 to 72 hours of inflammation/irritation. I like to use it when dogs suffer from e.g. torn ligaments, a sprain, but also when the back hurts acutely again due to a spondylosis episode. Quark wrap for the dog

How does the curd wrap work on the dog?

In general, cold decreases the speed of the nerve fibers that conduct pain. Therefore, cold has an analgesic effect, especially in acute pain. In addition, cold causes the vessels to contract. This slows down blood circulation and reduces cell metabolism. Thus, it has an anti-inflammatory and decongestant effect.

Quark itself is characterized by one more peculiarity:

One of the main components of curd is casein. When casein acts through the skin, it has an anti-inflammatory effect. Due to the fact that curd has a very high liquid content, this evaporates and thus creates a pleasantly cooling evaporative cold.

When does a curd wrap help your dog?

How to make it right?

It’s really very simple. It is best to take the curd out of the refrigerator a few minutes before use so that it is not too cold. Spread the curd about 0.5 cm on a linen cloth and fold it like a flat parcel. Place the packet on the area you want to treat. Leave the poultice on for 10-15 minutes. If the curd becomes warm and crumbly, you should take off the wrap. Even if the curd is not in direct contact with the skin, it develops its full effect.

TIP: Since the curd absorbs the inflammatory substances, it is important that your dog does not lick the curd after application. If your dog likes to snack on cottage cheese, leave a spoonful for him to snack on.

When is the curd wrap taboo? Curd wrap for dog

There are also conditions for which you should refrain from using a curd wrap. These include:

  • Open wounds
  • Kidney or bladder infection
  • Severe heart disease
  • Arterial circulatory disorders
  • Carcinoma
  • Hypersensitivity to cold
Please stay with your dog during the application

When you treat your dog, you should basically be by his side. Even if you apply a quar wrap, you should always keep it under observation and see if it feels comfortable. Even though it’s unlikely, just in case he overreacts to the curds in any way, you should be able to respond immediately. Your dog must have the chance to escape at any time if the cold is uncomfortable. So please do not fasten the wrap on him. Please also check the area you are treating with the curd poultice at regular intervals.

How often can you use the curd wrap?

If necessary, you can repeat the applications as often as you like. In acute cases, even several times a day without hesitation.

All the love, your Tina

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