Veterinarian Testimonial . . .
Matthew S. Zimmer, DVM, Angola, IN, wrote the following in an email
message, describing his use of emu oil in his animal treatment
I started applying the benefits of emu oil to veterinary medicine
approximately one year ago. An emu breeder informed me of the human
application, i.e., moisturizer, anti-inflammatory and transport
carrier for medicine. Considering these human applications it seemed
reasonable to apply those benefits to the animal population.
Originally I considered the human application for anti-inflammatory
properties and transport media and felt there would be applications
to management of horse wounds, especially lower leg wounds. Although
anecdotal, when used in combination with other drugs. I found
accelerated wound healing and decreased tendency toward production
of proud flesh. Depending on the type of wound, I often combined emu
oil with DMSO or dexamethasone, or gentamicin for use in the
management of wounds.
On distal leg wounds where there is decreased muscle, therefore
decreased circulation and increased tendency for production of proud
flesh, I found that when emu oil was combined with dexamethasone and
an antibiotic, usually gentocin, the animal was much less likely to
develop proud flesh. Management of non-suturable wounds with twice
daily application of emu oil and bandage changes markedly reduced
this same phenomenon. Epithiliazation of these wounds treated with
emu oil preparation was faster and less scarring was noted. Likewise
dehiscence of sutured wounds was less in emu oil treated equine
Although I have not yet used emu oil in lame or arthritic horses, I
am interested in combining the oil with NSAID (non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs) to control stiffness and pain in those
affected joints. Based on claims of anti-inflammatory actions and
transport carrier claims it seems logical to apply these uses to
this area of equine medicine.
I have combined preparations using emu oil in bovine medicine also.
A frequent winter lesion seen in dairy cattle is frosted teat ends.
The teat end freezes and skin around the teat sloughs. The emu oil
has accelerated healing in these lesions and made it possible to
continue milking in cow through the healing process. In this type of
lesion emu oil is used alone for reasons of milk residues. This is
an area where even bacteriostatic claims apply as well as those
previously mentioned. Similarly, in bovine practice ringworm lesions
in calves is seen commonly. When the oil was combined with fulvacin,
an anti-fungal medication, these lesions resolved and at a faster
rate than when using other conventional techniques., i.e. bleach,
iodine preparations, etc.
Even in small animal practice I have found application for emu oil
in wound management. One important area in which I have found
application is cast sore lesions. When the cast area is worn by a
small animal the cast often gets wet or causes pressure on bony
prominent areas. Dermatitis or cast sores develop. When the cast is
removed there are wounds which have to be managed. Emu oil
combinations have accelerated the healing process markedly. These
oil applications used in my mixed animal veterinary practice are
anecdotal. However, I frequently photograph lesions to determine the
progress of healing, especially in wounds which will require long
term care. I have slides (photos) for many emu oil treated patients.
I have been satisfied with the effects the oil provides and I will
continue to use its preparations in my practice as well as to look
for new applications of emu oil benefits.