JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Two dogs who were burned in a Flagler County wildfire last month have undergone hyperbaric treatment at St. Francis Animal Hospital in Jacksonville.
Ashley, a coonhound, and Harley, a Great Dane, were badly injured in the 35-acre fire, which started March 24 west of Bunnell. Their families weren't home at the time, and both dogs became trapped when the flames took over their fenced-in yards.
The dogs suffered second- and third-degree burns. They received treatment from Flagler Animal Hospital and Flagler Humane Society for more than seven days before they were airlifted Monday to St. Francis Animal Hospital.
"Both had extensive burns over the bulk of their bodies. One of them has a lesion on his face. The other has lesions on his rump and his tail end," said Dr. Susan Shelton, a veterinarian at St. Francis.
After the initial treatments, Harley was standing and showing appreciation, just a day after not being able to stand for any substantial length of time.
Each dog will require five more treatments.
In a hyperbaric chamber, the air pressure is raised to three times higher than normal air pressure. The oxygen helps reduce inflammation, speeds up wound healing and treats smoke inhalation.
"The hyperbaric chamber provides the oxygen they need to help them make the healing process faster and make them comfortable in the meanwhile," Shelton said.
Anyone who would like to help the pets can call 904-674-7223 or visit the "Ways to Help" page on St. Francis Animal Hospital's website.
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