Canine burn sufferer Buddy, receiving care at MSU veterinary faculty, has ‘tall mountain to be climbed’

Contact: Claire Wilson

STARKVILLE, miss. – Buddy, the Tate County dog ​​who was burned in an alleged act of torture, arrived at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine on Monday, April 26th.

The Labrador Retriever mix was treated at clinics in the Southaven area, but ultimately the Tunica Humane Society and their treating veterinarian decided to refer him to the MSU CVM for advanced 24/7 care.

Buddy, a dog who was cremated in Tate County, was pictured prior to being injured. (Photo submitted)


Dr. Elizabeth Swanson (Photo by Tom Thompson)

“Buddy’s vital signs are good, but like any burn patient, this is the reason for a high mountain to climb,” said Dr. Elizabeth Swanson, Associate Professor and Veterinary Surgeon at MSU CVM. “We make sure that he feels comfortable, changes his bandages and copes with any problems that arise. It can take several days for burns to fully manifest. Hence, we are still assessing the full extent of the damage. “

According to Buddy’s care team, he’s in a good mood – he eats, wags his tail, and kisses everyone he can. Buddy is receiving medical attention to control the pain and he is in intensive care 24/7. As with many burn patients, infection control is of the utmost importance and the MSM CVM faculty, staff and students are taking all possible steps to ensure he stays infection free and continues to improve.

Buddy in bandages as he recovers.
Buddy, the northern Mississippi dog that was set on fire this week, is being cared for at Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine by veterinarians and trained students, including Tyler McMurray of Brandon. (Photo by Tom Thompson)

“We have been to wound debridement twice with him and plan to have his first skin graft with fish skin from North Atlantic cod from Iceland courtesy of KerecisVet® on Friday. More procedures will follow,” said Swanson. “The main concern will be to make sure he doesn’t develop an infection. In this situation, things can change quickly and we do everything we can to keep any problems under control and provide the best possible support. “

Updates on Buddy’s history and condition will be posted on the Tunica Humane Society Facebook page.

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