UPDATE 3 – Photo/Video Release – New Technology Being Used to Treat Burned Tampa Dog Thanks to Social Media


TAMPA, Fla. (Mar. 26, 2014) – Dr. Helga Bleyaert, a board-certified veterinary surgeon, Kristin Osborne, an emergency veterinary technician, and Dr. Nick Rappa, a surgery resident, perform laser therapy on Hope at BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital in Tampa on Wednesday.

TAMPA, Fla. – Hope, the badly burned mixed-breed dog being treated at BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Tampa, received a gift courtesy of Companion Therapy Laser on Wednesday.

Dr. Lisa Miller, product manager of Companion Therapy Laser, saw Hope’s story on Facebook and reached out to Hardee Animal Rescue Team and BluePearl Veterinary Partners to offer assistance.

Companion Therapy Laser delivered a therapy laser Wednesday to assist with Hope’s burn treatment. Additionally, Miller provided training to some of BluePearl’s specialists on techniques and applications of the therapy laser.

Laser therapy is relatively new and is used to treat burns and assist with wound healing, in addition to treating arthritis, back pain, joint disorders, neck pain and tendon related injuries.

LightForce Therapy Lasers, Companion’s human medicine counterpart division, are already used by the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Florida Gators, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Rays and the Miami Heat.

BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital in Tampa is one of nine nationally recognized veterinary trauma centers in the U.S.

“We’re always eager to apply new technology to assist in our patients’ treatments and healing processes,” said Dr. Erick Mears, medical director of BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa. “We hope that this will provide an additional edge to the advanced specialty medicine services we already commonly provide as treatment.”

According to HART, Hope was allegedly set on fire by her owner Thursday morning in Arcadia, Fla.

People interested in donating to Hope’s care should make donations directly to HART, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps animals, via their website at

The Arcadia Police Department and the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office are currently investigating.

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs more than 1,700 people including more than 450 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa, Fla.