Hydrogen peroxide
A 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide is commonly used as a wound antiseptic.

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is such a strong oxidiser it is highly reactive.

Due to its weak disinfectant and antiseptic properties, hydrogen peroxide as a 3% solution was often used to treat cat fight abscesses. However, it has fallen out of favour because it is thought to slow healing by affecting tissue growth through several possible factors.

Only a very minute concentration of H2O2 can induce healing, and only if not repeatedly applied.

Surgical use can lead to gas embolism formation.

View your activity >

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of


related content

Although “off-licence”, immunotherapy is well worth considering in our pruritic feline friends. Of course we … more

3 mins

David Cameron has praised a pioneering vet for “undoubtedly changing the fate of scores of vulnerable animals”.

6 mins

We recently had an elderly cat that presented with typical signs of hyperthyroidism. However, as is sometimes the case, total T4 proved stubbornly normal on two estimations a couple of weeks apart.

1 mins

It is harder to correlate the grade of a heart murmur with the severity of the underlying heart problem in cats than it is in dogs. Some quite loud murmurs may occur with relatively small defects.

2 mins

For dogs weighing less than 15kg, cranial cruciate disease can be managed conservatively – weight loss … more

1 mins

Most effective are the chlorhexidine based rinses. Chlorhexidine gluconate is an antiseptic which reduces inflammation … more

1 mins