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New Hope For Hip Dysplasia In Dogs

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A friend who is a vet technician in the USA has just posted this.

 

 

 

 

A suffering pet gets stem-cell breakthrough surgery

By dawn house

 

The Salt Lake Tribune

 

Published Sep 17, 2010 10:48PM

Updated Sep 18, 2010 12:20AM

Holladay • Honey, a 9-year-old Labrador retriever, underwent a first-ever procedure for Utah that is expected to heal the dog’s hip dysplasia.

 

The stem-cell procedure, performed Friday at Cottonwood Animal Hospital, involved removing fatty tissue from Honey’s shoulder and separating out the stem cells in a process that includes light-emiting diodes. Veterinarian Rob Bagley then injected the activated cells back into the animal’s diseased joints.

 

“I’m excited about the potential this procedure will have for pet owners,” said Bagley. “The technology is relatively simple, and looks like it can offer some great results.”

 

Assisting Bagley was Mike Hutchinson, a Pittsburgh veterinarian who has performed more than 75 similar treatments on dogs and cats.

 

“This new technology marks a significant milestone in regenerative veterinary medicine,” said Hutchinson. “We are now able to bring the results of hundreds of millions of dollars of research directly into our own clinics.”

 

The cost for Friday’s operation: $1,800.

 

Hutchinson also is a small-animal spokesman for the Australian-based MediVet, which has introduced same-day stem cell therapy to treat hip dysplasia like Honey’s, as well as arthritis, ligament and cartilage injuries and other degenerative diseases.

 

No drugs were used, other than an anesthetic. And animals usually wake up pain free. The greatest post-op concern, said Hutchinson, is that animals feel so well that they can re-injure themselves by becoming active too soon.

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oooooooooo it says about cartilage..... wonder would that sort laneys knee :unsure:

as you say jane, it will take ages to get here and then when it does arrive you can bet it will be more than £1800

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