A kitten who survived the Camp Fire in Butte County is photographed at the VCA Valley Oak Veterinary Center in Chico, where he is receiving treatment by UC Davis veterinarian Jamie Peyton for burns on his paws. (Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

Kitten gets Fish-Skin Mittens to Heal Paws Burned in the California Fires

A handful of lucky pets rescued from Northern California’s Camp Fire last month are healing with the help of a procedure that — until now — had never been done on cats or dogs. Jamie Peyton, a UC Davis veterinarian, had success last year using the unconventional fish skin technique on rescued from fires — so this year, as injured animals poured into the hospital in Chico, she volunteered to give the method a try on household pets.

Future research and studies on these issues will continue to be conducted at the new UC Davis Veterinary Medical Center, a part of the Veterinary Medical Center Big Idea.

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