Pig skin used to help burned dog recover

GREENFIELD, Wis. (WITI) - 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. Marla Lichtenberger, a MECA veterinarian, said.

After being set on fire and burned over 90 percent of her body in March, the path to recovery has been steady but slow.

"I was getting a little frustrated with the treatment," so Dr. Marla Lichtenberger, the veterinarian treating Beatrice, took a very different turn.

"She contacted me, and I said, 'Sure, let me see if I can help,'" Dr. John Weigelt 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," he said.

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," he said.

"This is cutting edge for sure. Absolutely. It's never been attempted," Dr. Lichtenberger said.

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," she said.

Everybody's kind of watching her and kind of growing with the excitement that she's actually going to pull through on this.


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