Doctor Helps to Heal Burned and Abused Dog
Updated: Wednesday, April 30 2014, 11:46 PM CDT
A veterinarian and a medical doctor have turned to part of a pig's anatomy to help a dog recover from severe burns.
"She's amazing," said the dog's owner Dr. Marla Lichtenberger who is also a veterinarian at the Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals.
Lying on the table, getting prepared for surgery, Beatrice awaits the next step on a long road.
"It's just at that stage where it's not healing well. The granulation tissue is coming in but it just needs that one more step of covering over it," Dr. Lichtenberger said.
AFTER BEING SET ON FIRE AND BURNED OVER 90% OF HER BODY IN MARCH, THE PATH TO RECOVERY HAS BEEN STEADY, BUT SLOW.
"I was getting a little frustrated with the treatment," Dr. Lichtenberger said.
So the veterinarian took a very different turn.
"She contacted me and I said sure. Let me see if I can help," said
Dr. John Weigelt is a medical doctor with Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin.
"I've used pig skin once before on an animal before autografting. But I've never used it on a dog," Dr. Weigelt explained.
That changed Monday when he applied pigskin to her burns.
"If the pigskin sticks and covers it and gives her some chance to heal underneath it, that we have a pretty good chance that she'll heal this wound almost completely. This is cutting edge for sure. Absolutely. It's never been attempted," Dr. Weigelt explained.
If this is successful, a new path will have been created to possibly help dogs like Beatrice in the future.
"Right now I am actually, a lot more hopeful than I was 2 weeks ago," Dr. Weiglet said.
"Everybody's kind of watching her and kind of growing with the excitement that she's actually going to pull through on this," said Beatrice's owner, Dr. Lichtenberger.