Archer the dog barely made it out alive after flames ravaged the home where he lived. When firefighters arrived to the Alaskan home, the dog was covered in flames. As soon as they tried to pick him up and get him to safety, the petrified pooch ran away. Fearing he would suffer and never be found, Archer was miraculously discovered near the ocean not long after the fire.
The badly burned pooch was rushed to an emergency veterinarian. Due to the remote location, there aren’t many emergency facilities for animals available. Thankfully, a television star heard about Archer’s plight and decided to get involved. Archer was taken seven hours away to the closest vet for emergent care before being transferred to the celebrity vet.
Dr. Michelle Oakley, star of the National Geographic WILD television show took over care once the pup was stabilized.
“His entire head and ears looked like it had been skinned. Like, completely red and raw and burned. Part of his ear came off in one of the bandage changes. So we lost that. The whole side of his flank was burned,” Oakley shared.
Despite her intervention on Archer, it became clear he would need more intensive treatment. Oakley connected with a burn specialist at the University of California, Davis, for input. The pup’s course of action included placing tilapia fish skins on the burns to help the healing process. Tilapia skin helps transfer collagen to the damaged skin, which promotes healing.
With his scaly new appearance, he was dubbed “Archie the Dragonslayer.” Oakley donated her services and the community rallied to raise funds to cover the dog’s medical costs. With all of the love, attention, and fish skin, the dog who barely stood a chance became a resilient survivor.
His tail wagged for every vet visit as a testament to his fighting spirit. Thanks to Archie and his tilapia treatments, Dr. Oakley plans to help other patients in the future.
Way to go, Team Archie! Watch the video below to see how other animals are being helped by fish skin.