Laser helps nurse neglected dog back to health

March 1, 2012
Bella, an abandoned German shepherd found wandering by herself on the side of a highway in Hampton, VA, was rescued by a kind stranger recently and taken to Deer Park Animal Hospital (Newport News, VA) for medical care.

Bella, an abandoned German shepherd found wandering by herself on the side of a highway in Hampton, VA, was rescued by a kind stranger recently and taken to Deer Park Animal Hospital (Newport News, VA) for medical care. Close to full sepsis (the state of decay) when she was found, Bella had severe infections all over her body, including a large, cystic mass at the base of her tail that seeped continuously. "She hurt all over, yet wagged her tail. This is what severe neglect looks like and it's heartbreaking," says Dr. John Savell, a veterinarian at Deer Park.

Savell used a Luxar surgical CO2 laser set at 10 W continuous-wave to remove the mass. The laser's highly focused infrared beam instantaneously ablates the soft tissue target area and, at the same time, seals capillaries, small blood vessels, lymphatics, and nerve endings, enabling complete removal of the mass with hardly any bleeding, Karen Savell, LVT, told BioOptics World.

The clinic posted photos of Bella on its Facebook page, which led members of the Hampton/Newport News community to support her medical needs. These donations helped pay for her care.

"Bella is doing great! She is very friendly and loves getting petted by everyone," says Karen Savell. In more good news, the woman who rescued her has decided to adopt her, give her a good home, and continue to provide for her ongoing medical needs.

About the Author

Lee Dubay | Managing Editor

Lee Dubay is managing editor for Laser Focus World. She is a seasoned editor and content manager with 20 years of experience in B2B media. She specializes in digital/print content management, as well as website analytics, SEO, and social media engagement best practices. 

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