Integrative Medicine

WILDFIRES: Bear Treated with Fish Skins

August 10, 2018
State wildlife officers and a UC Davis veterinarian have again used fish skins and other novel forms of pain management to treat a wild animal: a bear cub injured in the Carr Fire.

Young Bear Rescued in Carr Fire Undergoes Unique Paw Therapy

August 09, 2018
A young black bear whose paws were burned raw in the Carr Fire is recuperating with special care from a wildlife veterinary team. On Monday, an eight-member team including Dr. Deana Clifford and Dr. Jamie Peyton of the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital spent nearly six hours preparing for the operation and sewing tilapia skin onto the bear's four paws. One benefit of the fish skin — which doesn't smell fishy — is that it contains collagen that aids in healing.