Archive for June, 2010

Jun 28, 2010

Is My Arthritic Dog Too Old for Stem Cell Therapy?

Posted by Bob under Dog Arthritis, Stem Cell Therapy

As they age, many dogs lose that spring in their step. Sometimes it’s a gradual decline, and other times it seems like one day the dog who always leapt into the car before the door was even all the way open suddenly needs a boost to get in. One of the most common questions we are asked by owners is whether their dog might be too old for treatment.   Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 23, 2010

Tango Gets Treated with Stem Cells for Arthritis at 9 Years Old

Posted by Bob under Dog Arthritis

Meet Tango (right), a 9-year old Beagle with severe arthritis who, we are happy to report, is doing great 9 months after stem cell therapy changed his life.  Flutter, his English Setter buddy, is glad to have him back.

“In his 9th year, Tango’s arthritis had progressed to the point where he could barely walk.  Multiple tests, x-rays, and alternative therapies had no effect, and pain medications were barely keeping him mobile.  Sadly, I could see his days winding down dramatically. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 21, 2010

Normal Aging, Dog Arthritis, or Something Else?

Posted by Bob under Dog Arthritis, Pain in Pets

Recognizing the signs of aging is important if we want our pets to have a good quality of life in their golden years.

A visit to the vet may be needed if you notice any of the following in order to know if your dog is aging normally or if there are things you can do to help them:

•   Change in energy level, gets tired more easily, not as playful

•   Personality change- more grumpy towards dogs and or humans Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 17, 2010

Stem Cells Help Dog with Arthritis Get Back to Playtime

“Nash had chronic degenerative arthritis in both elbows.  Walking more than 10 minutes would make him lame,” Kristie remembers. 

For those of us who have experienced it or have even seen it take its toll on relatives or pets, we know how debilitating arthritis can be.  Arthritis involves anything from joint inflammation to depletion of the smooth articular cartilage that allows our bones to glide smoothly against each other.  Swelling, stiffness, and pain typically perpetuate the cycle of more swelling, more stiffness, and more pain.  Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 15, 2010

The Vet-Stem Lab – Come Take a Private Tour

Posted by Bob under Stem Cell Therapy

Quality is important when it comes to Vet-Stem’s stem cell therapy and the laboratory where your dog’s sample is processed is especially critical.  Our lab is where samples of fat are processed to provide concentrated stem cells for your animal.  Samples arrive daily, are processed the same day and the cell doses are returned to your veterinarian for use in treating arthritis and other orthopedic conditions in dogs, horses and cats within 48 hours of collection.  I have asked Dr. Carolyn Wrightson, our laboratory director, and her staff to write this post to give you a little peek behind the scenes here at Vet-Stem.  You can also watch the Nightline segment to get more of a look at the lab.  Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 9, 2010

Lucy Runs Again: Arthritis Relief for Dog Hip Dysplasia

Posted by Bob under Hip Arthritis & Dysplasia

We come across so many wonderful stories about our patients, our extended Vet-Stem family, that we thought sharing them with you would be a great way to spend some time.  Some of these stories are especially touching, when you can see and feel the strong bond between an animal and their person.  Some bring us to tears.  And all of them give us a look into the lives of families touched by what we get to do every day.

Meet Lucy, a gorgeous American Bulldog with hip dysplasia.

“Lucy had a severe case of hip dysplasia.  The vet said on a scale of good to bad, Lucy was horrific.  A hip replacement would be too expensive for us, and we couldn’t bear the thought of such an extensive surgery.  Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 7, 2010

Stem Cells Help Dog with Arthritis Go Wild

Posted by Bob under Dog Arthritis

Sometimes you just need to see a video that makes you laugh out loud!  This YouTube of a Pug that had severe arthritis shows you how much energy and enthusiasm can be unleashed by stem cell therapy.  This cute little Pug was treated at Olathe Animal Hospital in Kansas.  It will make your heart soar to see how much fun this little guy is having now just 60 days after he was treated with his own adipose stem cells.  Enjoy the video.

Jun 4, 2010

Going Strong 2 1/2 Years After Dog Stem Cell Therapy

As our pets age, we watch with fingers crossed as they slow down.  We hope that the stiffness is just because of the cold weather, and come summer they will liven up again.  But when a new puppy starts to limp and whimper in pain, we are faced with the unexpected.  That puppy was supposed to be frolicking and carefree for years and years, not hobbling around like an old guy.

Meet Walker, the Golden Retriever, 2 ½ years after stem cell therapy. Read the rest of this entry »