Monday, November 30, 2015

Will Stem Cells Bring Promised Relief to Painful Pups?

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Sleuth, the Reporter Dog has many dog friends and some of them are starting to having problems getting out of bed or taking stairs.   To help them, and to help you, Sleuth called his friends at the Veterinary News Network for information about arthritis.

1) More than 20% of dogs in North America suffer from arthritis.   This means that about 15 million of our canine companions have this painful disease.

2) Arthritis is not disease that can be cured, only managed.   Many veterinarians recommend pain relievers, joint supplements, careful exercise and weight control.

3) Sadly, some pets are euthanized because their owners are unable to handle the emotional or financial costs of a pet in constant pain.

4) A new technology, stem cell therapy, may pave the way to save some of these dogs from early euthanasia.

5) Stem cells are cells that can become any type of cell in the body.

6) Removing a small amount of a pet’s belly fat, a veterinarian can have the fat purified at a laboratory and the stem cells sent back for injection in the pet’s arthritic joint.

7) The stem cells help to promote a healing environment in the joint and reduce the inflammation that lead to pain.

8) Many pet owners and veterinarians are happy with this therapy’s results, but this treatment is not for all pets.  The cost of the treatment is also an obstacle for some pet owners.

9) Talk with your veterinarian about steps you can take to help minimize the effects of arthritis on your dog and how to keep him comfortable.

10) Be sure to bookmark as your source of accurate and up-to-date pet health information.