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Researchers say grafting a dog with fish skin may have helped save her life and could help illuminate the benefit of a new method of animal care.
After narrowly escaping a deadly house fire, veterinarians at Michigan State University (MSU) Veterinary Medical Center say Stella, a 1-year-old Rottweiler, was left fighting for her life.
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The family pet was left with second and third-degree burns over 10 percent of her body and was fighting off severe respiratory problems due to smoke inhalation and her eyes were covered in ulcers and scarred do to heat exposure, they say.
As doctors worked to stabilize here by providing her with oxygen and stabilizing burns in her trachea and lungs, a soft tissue team at MSU went to work in trying to repair Stella's skin.
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Ordinarily, skin grafts would require anesthesia, but for Stella, that wasn't an option.
'We had to get creative with her burns because of the significant trauma to Stella's lungs,' said Brea Sandness, a veterinarian and surgical resident at MSU in a statement.
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'She wasn't a great candidate for anesthesia because of her respiratory injuries.'
There was, however, a procedure that Stella could undergo, the veterinarians decided -- a new experimental skin graft using descaled cod skin.
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