If you’re a dog guardian, you may be aware that arthritis becomes a problem for many of our canine companions as they mature. In fact, 20% or one in five dogs over a year of age will develop degenerative joint disease (DJD). Moreover, the number jumps to four out of five for certain large breeds – 80% is a big number. But don’t worry – there is a new way to repair animal joints, you can even call it at natural arthritis treatment.
The gradual, persistent degeneration of cartilage characteristic of osteoarthritis (OA) can affect one or multiple joints and causes decreased mobility, and often, debilitating pain.
Geriatric dogs typically develop arthritis in the hip, knee, or elbow. In dogs with hip or elbow dysplasia, joint degeneration can occur as early as one to two years of age.
Traditional veterinary treatment of canine arthritis and degenerative joint disease has typically included supplements, anti-inflammatory drugs as well as surgery, or a combination of these. But more recently, a new way to repair animal joints has come up – Stem Cell Therapy (injections for dogs with arthritis), which is a type of regenerative medicine, has become more common.
A New Way to Repair Animal Joints – Stem Cells
Stem Cell Therapy uses Stem Cells to treat or prevent disease. They have the capacity to develop into one of many different types of cells, including skin cells, muscle, nerve, bone, tendon or ligament cells, or the cells of virtually any organ in the body.
Stem Cells maintain the ability to divide throughout their lives, producing cells that can become highly specialized and replace cells that die or are lost.
Stem Cells contribute to the body’s ability to renew and repair tissues.
Interest in Stem Cell Therapy for dogs with OA, DJD, hip and elbow dysplasia, and cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injuries is high, and several studies are underway. However, at this time there isn’t much scientific research available for review, therefore results of Stem Cell Therapy treatments are anecdotal and come primarily from veterinarians and owners of dogs that have undergone the procedure.
Stem Cell Therapy Success Stories
Cowboy and Mr. Jones
Brad Perry of Alexandria, Kentucky has two dogs, a Golden Retriever named Cowboy, and Mr. Jones, a mixed breed. The Cowboy was suffering from terrible arthritis, and Mr. Jones had somehow managed to tear the ligaments in both knees.
Both dogs were seriously disabled and in pain, and Perry had tried all sorts of medications. None of them really worked, and he was worried about the side effects. Cowboy and Mr. Jones continued to deteriorate, and Perry had reached the point of considering euthanasia when he heard about a local veterinarian who performed Stem Cell Therapy on dogs to repair joints. Perry figured he had nothing to lose.
Cowboy the Golden received the treatment first, and a few months later Mr. Jones underwent the procedure. According to Perry, within 10 days of receiving Stem Cell Therapy, both dogs were running around like puppies, chasing his kids, and swimming in the lake.
Dr. John Sector of the Shelby Street Veterinary Hospital in Florence, Kentucky performed the surgery on Cowboy and Mr. Jones. He has high praise for the therapy:
“This is potentially a game-changer. We’re seeing incredible results in the joints. We also see some unexpected improvements in other things, like skin conditions,” he said.
You can read the full story in our blog article.
Snoop Dog and Ben
Snoop Dog, a 10-year-old Poodle mix with knee problems, and Ben, a 9-year-old Akita with hip issues and a limp, received Stem Cell Therapy recently at the Mercersburg Veterinary Clinic in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Roger Horst performed the procedures. His partner, Dr. John Ludwig, said the injected Stem Cells communicate with cartilage and other cells, stimulating them to rebuild.
“This is improving his life and maybe prolonging his life,” Ludwig said of Ben.
“They won’t go back to being a 2-year-old dog, but if it’s a 10-year-old and goes back to being a 7-year-old, I’m excited about that,” he said.
Dr. Horst is also hopeful the therapy will decrease the need for painkillers for Ben and Snoop Dog. According to Dr. Ludwig, some improvement in the dogs could be seen within two weeks, but it can take 30 days to see the full effect of the therapy.
10-year-old Shetland Sheepdog Raina
One day, a dog owner Jane Scoggins stretched her arm behind her head and whipped a tennis ball over her shoulder for her dog Raina, a 10-year-old Shetland Sheepdog, to fetch.
Raina had been begging to go outside just moments before, but she took only a few tentative steps in the ball’s direction, feebly sighed, and then gave up. Unfortunately, it turned out that Raina was suffering from canine osteoarthritis. “The medications and supplements weren’t helping,” says Scoggins.
After spending thousands on treatments that weren’t working, Scoggins stumbled across information about animal Stem Cell Therapy and signed Raina up for the procedure at a veterinary clinic nearby.
For a few days after therapy, Raina didn’t trust her suddenly lessened pain, climbing steps with great caution. But today everything has changed. Raina goes outside for five play sessions a day, even in the bitter cold.
“I can’t keep up with her,” Scoggins says. “These days she can run forever.”
You can read the full story in our article how this dog treated
Medrego CaniCell Allogeneic (donor-derived) Stem Cell Therapies’ first results can be usually seen in the first 2 – 3 weeks.
We use our unique Stem Cell source and obtaining technology to give you the most efficient and safest treatment possible. In advance, we also offer Autologous Stem Cell Therapy for your animal orthopedic treatment and tissue regeneration. Contact us, and we will provide all the information you need.