Rottweiler Stella from Lansing, Michigan, survived the fire, receiving second and third degree burns. 10% of the body was damaged: ears, nose, head, back, sides. In this state, the dog entered the emergency department of the veterinary-medical center of the University of Michigan, writes the site eurekalert.org.
In addition to external burns, the dog breathed hot smoke, damaging the lungs. For two weeks the animal fought for its life.
“Stella’s will to life was astounding; she didn’t stop fighting for a minute, ”says Rose Wal, the vet. “Her resilience and strength impressed everyone who worked with her.”
However, due to health problems Stella was unable to give general anesthesia for the operation. Then the doctors decided to transplant her cod skin, created by the biotechnology company Kerecis. This skin has been used for several years to replace burnt skin in humans.
Since cod skin contains omega-3 acids, it promotes rapid tissue regeneration.
"We were able to impose Stella’s skin with minimal sedation, which not only allowed us to heal the dog without undue stress for her lungs, but also accelerated the healing of her burns."
The dog is recovering, and veterinarians plan to share the experience of treating Stella at the congress of the Society of Veterinary Surgery, which will help in saving other animals.
“The Stella case is inspiring, and her grafts can be a new and very effective treatment tool in the veterinary profession,” said veterinarian and surgeon Brea Sandness. “She’s a living example that the fire inside her burned more than the fire that wounded her.”