(WIAT) — Veterinarians are using fish skin to help some dogs who were injured in a recent wildfire in California. Olivia suffered severe burns when the Camp Fire burned down her home last month.
She was later transferred to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis. That’s when vets used a relatively new therapy involving Tilapia skin. Doctors say the skin cooled down the burned area and helped Olivia’s skin cells regrow.
Her owners say they can see a huge difference.
Olivia’s owner states,”It was like day and night difference between how she felt. It covered up her burns, nerve endings or something, she just wasn’t hurting the way she was before, she really started healing then.”
The therapy has so far been used on Olivia and four other dogs.