Dog caught in steel trap gets laser therapy to heal wounds

Posted at 6:04 PM, Mar 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-02 18:04:23-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A dog who got his leg caught in a steel trap last month is on the mend after getting laser therapy.

At first glance, he's you typical, spunky Staffordshire Terrier. Chuck's friendly disposition lends no clue as to what he's been through.

In February, he was found wandering in a Grand Rapids neighborhood, trying to gnaw his way out of a trap.

James Kelley, a veterinarian at Kelley's Animal Clinic said chuck, who is named after the street he was found on, had damage from the trap that wasn't limited to his leg.

"He's fractured several of his teeth trying to get it off," Kelley said.

While Kelley initially thought chuck would need to be put down, he's made a lot of progress thanks to a the cold laser therapy.

"He's shown a terrific amount of healing," Kelley said. "Matter of fact, there's only one spot at the top that's not healed yet."

The laser therapy helps heal the damaged tissue. Chuck gets the treatment daily, in addition to water therapy, that helps clean the wound and keep the bacteria at bay.

Kelley said Chuck will make a full recovery.

With each wag of the tail and sloppy kiss, Chuck shows Kelley and the staff at the clinical his gratitude. All he needs now is a good home to give his love to.

"He can do everything a normal dog can do," Kelley said. "He can run, he can jump, he goes outside to the bathroom."

If you want to adopt or foster Chuck call the clinic at 616-453-7422.