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Subjective and objective observation of Tilapia skin as auto skin graft dressing in cats

Erwin Erwin
Etriwati Etriwati
Sugito Sugito
Hadi Mulki Satria


Background: The recovery of auto skin graft is a dynamic and complex process that requires a suitable environment for vascularization as nutrition delivery to cells and donor skin reception.
Aims: This research aimed to determine the effect of Tilapia skin dressing on the recovery of auto skin graft treatment
on domestic cats through subjective and objective observation.
Methods: Six male Indonesian local cats aged 1–2 years old weighing 3–4 kg were separated into two groups. The
surgical procedure was performed in a sterile and aseptic environment. The first surgery created wound defects on the
forelimb area 2 × 2 cm in size to whole groups. The wounds were left for 4 days and then treated with the following
treatments; Group I (G-I) was treated with Tilapia skin dressing, and Group II (G-II) was treated with moist dressing
Sofra-tulle®. The dressing of the two groups was replaced every 3 days and evaluated subjectively and objectively.
Results: Subjective observation showed that skin was reddish (day 3), the bleeding test showed bleeding immediately
occurred after incision, and pain response was observed on day 6 post-surgery on both treatment groups showed
significantly differences with 95% confidence level (p < 0.05). Objective observation in the form of NaCl 0.9% absorption and medicine effect on auto skin graft did not show a significant difference between the two treatment groups (p > 0.05).
Conclusion: Auto skin graft treatment by moist dressing showed better healing, but Tilapia skin dressing can be an
alternative choice during auto skin graft treatment.

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