Dog with burns injuries receives spray on skin 

 

Sadie, a dog in the US city of New Orleans who was badly burned when her kennel caught fire due to a faulty heat lamp, has received help from human burns specialists to receive a spray on skin to help treat her injuries.

Sadie will be the first dog ever to receive the RECELL treatment, which involves a small piece of the patient’s skin being treated in a small kit in the operating theatre, and in less than 30 minutes, doctors have a spray on solution of the patient’s skin cells.

“We all go into medicine to really, you know to take care of people and to have people have really good outcomes you know and oftentimes animals are extensions of our family,” said one of the medical team, Dr Nicole Kopari. Read more

Music therapy for pets

 

Sound affects animals on a psychological level and can be used to create a more relaxing experience for pets in veterinary hospitals according to veterinary neurologist Dr Susan Wagner from The Ohio State University. 

“Music therapy and sound enrichment are low-cost, easy modalities to enrich the lives of captive animals. Whether it be a short-term stay in a veterinary clinic or shelter, or long-term captivity in a sanctuary or zoo, sound can play a key role in enhancing the welfare of these animals,” she said.

Dr Wagner also explained that for pets at home, hearing calming music for as little as 30 to 60 minutes a day will help reduce the sympathetic overdrive from the nervous system in pets. “We cannot teach our patients to meditate, but we can use music to do a very similar thing,” she said. Read more