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Last Updated: Friday September 18 2009 05:28 GMT

Burnt dog treated with honey

Lady the dog

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A dog that was pulled from a house fire in Cornwall is being treated with honey pads to help heal her wounds.

Lady the alsatian was found under burning ceiling tiles at her owner's home, but was trapped for two hours before she could be rescued.

She is thought to have survived because she found a pocket of air, but suffered serious burns on her back and side.

Now the eight-year-old dog is being treated with special pads coated with manuka honey to help her burns heal.

Her owner, Cyril Bond, said Lady has to have her honey-coated bandages changed several times a week, but the unusual treatment seems to be working.

Vet Amanda Manley, who works at the Cornwall Animal Hospital, said she believed the honey had really helped.

"I'd like to say it's all down to the honey, but to make a proper judgement you need to have a scientific control," she said. "But I'm very impressed and I'd use it again in this situation."

Manuka honey is made by bees that feed on the Manuka bush, which mainly found in New Zealand, and has been used in the past to help humans too.