Burned French Bulldog Continues to Heal with Acupuncture Treatments

November 14, 2010

Photo of Buddha Receives Acupuncture to Heal His Burns

Over 10 months ago, one of my favorite patients suffered one of the most horrific traumas I have seen in my 11 years of veterinary practice. Buddha, a brindle, French Bulldog, incurred third degree burns over his neck and chest from an unknown cause.

Buddha’s owner was unwilling to undertake the financial responsibilities involved in treating such severe burns and intended to euthanize Buddha. As I have known Buddha since puppyhood, I couldn’t let him be put to sleep. I knew that he would heal with medical and possibly surgical treatment. Therefore, I had the owner surrender ownership of Buddha. Fortunately, the Rascal and Chloe Fund, Inc. stepped in to finance Buddha’s extensive, long term treatment and placed him in a loving, permanent home.

Initially, Buddha needed to be sedated or anesthetized for bandage changes and debridement (removal) of dead skin. With time, granulation tissue (“new skin”) filled in the gaps and scars formed. As Buddha is an otherwise healthy adult, he has healed consistently and the burned skin gradually appears more normal. Remarkably, Buddha has not needed surgery to close his wounds.

As part of my house call based acupuncture practice, California Pet Acupuncture & Wellness, Inc., I provide dry needle and electroacupuncture treatments to promote Buddha’s healing process. It has been truly amazing to see Buddha’s progress.

During Buddha’s treatment, I document the diminishing appearance of his scar and the surprising appearance of new hair growth. Please view Buddha’s photo gallery (WARNING– some photos are graphic) showing his progress.

Buddha’s ongoing medical care is being funded by the Rascal & Chloe Fund, Inc. and the philanthropic donations good Samaritans make in Buddha’s name. The Rascal & Chloe fund have been incredibly generous with their financial donations, time, and emotional support in taking responsibility for Buddha’s care.

Please consider helping to make an ongoing difference in Buddha and other pet’s lives by making a tax deductible donation to the Rascal & Chloe Fund. Follow the PayPal link on the bottom of their webpage.

Feel free to leave well wishes for Buddha in the comments section below.

Thank you,
Buddha and Dr. Mahaney

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Natalie Webber November 24, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Dear Dr. Mahaney,

I’m sure you’ve been thanked many times online by people all over for your efforts to help Buddha heal from his horrific injuries. He’s a very lucky little dog, indeed, to have had a caring vet such as yourself save him from being euthanized. My hat is off to you, sir, for your kind soul and obvious love for our furry friends!!

This story also emphasizes the importance of ensuring our pets are safe in all situations – especially those that may not be so obviously dangerous. I know I’ll be keeping an extra eye out for my own two babies, Giz (pom-sheltie mix) and Tessa (chihuahau) after reading this story.

I am curious to know if Buddha has been returned to his original owners, or if he will be looking for a new forever home once he has completely recovered.

Please give Buddha a gentle pat and a kiss on the nose from me and my family, as well as our best wishes for a continued speedy recovery!

Kind regards,
N. Webber
Halifax, Canada

Patrick Mahaney November 24, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Thank you for your kind words! Buddha is such a great dog and certainly deserved another chance to live a full, long life.
Buddha is in a permanent foster home, where he is doing great!
I hope that Giz and Tessa avoid similar injury and have an amazing Thanksgiving holiday!
Dr. Patrick Mahaney

TheOldBroad November 25, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Egads! Poor little Buddha! It looks like something was poured onto his back.

Do you have any idea what happened? Are you being tactful in saying “unknown cause”? Surely you have suspicions.

What did you do for pain management while he was healing? Burns are so terribly painful. It’s hard to imagine a burn that size wouldn’t make him whimper in pain throughout the healing process.

Kudos to you for helping and kudos to Buddha for being so brave.

Patrick Mahaney November 26, 2011 at 2:24 PM

There was no known spillage on Buddha, yet we will never know what happened (I really do not). As he was outside, it is speculated that he stood up under a car and touched a heating element.
The important thing is that he has fully recovered and is a great companion.

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