A long-time client of mine has a large, kind and smart labrador retriever. A couple of months ago, the dog suddenly had a grand mal seizure. My client was comforting his unconscious dog when the dog suddenly came to… and bit his owner in the face.
It turns out this sort of aggression can happen with some dogs after a seizure: Their brain essentially re-boots: They are terrified, and their vision and cognitive ability just isn’t “on” yet. So if you ever see a dog have a seizure, tie it up or isolate it! Good to know!
A couple months later, my client had healed remarkably well, but even so, he had some noticeable scars above his eye and his (now healed) split lip. So I offered to treat the scarring with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and our advanced laser.
We took the patient’s own blood, and spun it in a centrifuge to create the platelet-rich plasma, then injected it into his scars. The platelets have proteins in them that help with healing, regenerating tissue, and creating new blood vessels.
With relation to scars, PRP in combination with the laser treatment helps stimulate skin cells (keratinocytes) and connective tissues (fibroblasts), which in turn create new collagen that reduces scar tissue itself.
We topped it all off with some ozone as a topical, and he was out the door.
So all this was a first for me! We’ll see how things progress over time.
The dog was diagnosed with epilepsy, He has only had one mild seizure since being medicated, and he didn’t show any aggressive behavior after that seizure. Yay!