The patient was a 6 week old female Boerboel puppy that had been attacked by a Maltese.
Presented one day after insult, with multiple small puncture wounds on the hind limbs and a few on the right front limb, and was treated with antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. The dog was evaluated two days later, but now exhibited severe skin necrosis, sloughing of the skin and even of sub-cutaneous tissue as deep as the muscular layers.
Light therapy was done for 8 minutes, once a day for 5 days, and thereafter once every second day. The patient was kept on concurrent antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, bandage changes and topical dressing, using Intrasite gel, were done every time light therapy was used.
From the second day of light therapy the wounds started to shallow, no more necrosis took place and granulation started to fill the defect. On the hind limbs good wound contraction took place, with minimal scar tissue formation and no further surgery was ever needed in this area. The elbow defect was closed 13 days after surgical debridement. Overall, what seemed as an impossible extent of tissue damage healed much faster than initially predicted. Due to the shortened time period to recovery, less bandages were used than initially expected, saving on costs and the puppy was back to being a puppy in no time.
Good contraction of the wounds, no surgery was ever needed.