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February 23, 2012 at 12:39 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Dog recieves stem cell injection for Arthritis

By Bri Luginbill More Blogs by This Author

Hello and welcome to The Kibble. Your place to learn about all sorts of dog news in health and research. Today we explore how stem cells are being used to provide relief for dogs with arthritis.

Stem cells seem to just be popping up in the news everywhere. I mean just last week, blogger E.M Wollof, posted this blog about Chemo-Resistant Cancer Stem Cells. However, this is the first time I’ve seen them being used on animals (besides being used on lab rats).

The procedure

One 12-year old Labrador named Jake was suffering from extremely bad arthritis. First, fat was removed from his body. Then, the fat was injected directly into his joints with stem cells added. If all goes according to plan, this should regenerate what is missing in his bones, so the arthritis will slowly vanish.

Does it really regenerate the cells?

One person isn’t so sure that these stem cells would actually regenerate. James Cook, a professor of orthopedics says that some studies have shown stem cells reduce pain in dogs with arthritis. He goes on further to say that at the University of Missouri believes that while stem cells have been seen to work in horses…he wouldn’t recommend them for dogs. Other critics believe that this procedure has not had any long-term benefits.

Did I mention that the procedure is expensive? It costs $1,800 per treatment. That’s a lot of money for not knowing if a procedure will actually do what it says it should.

What’s your opinion on this stem cell procedure?



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