Dogs age faster than humans; lucky for them, some areas of medicine are more advanced for veterinary care due to less stringent regulations. I am now certified to use Stem Cell Therapy for the treatment of dogs.
Conditions such as hip-dysplasia and arthritis are being treated with fat cells taken from the patient’s own body. Using cells from the dog’s own body eliminates the risk of rejection, and the ethical dilemma raised by using embryonic stem cells.The cost is MUCH lower than a canine hip replacement. The procedure seems simple enough; fat cells are removed from the dog, sent to a lab where they go through a concentration process, and then are returned to the Advanced Animal Care Center for insertion within 48 hrs. The cells are injected near the site of the injury, or degeneration. Owners report seeing significant improvement in their dogs within the first month.
I personally am amazed by the stem-cell procedure and I hope that the stiff regulations governing human medicine will either relax somewhat, or embrace this treatment. Imagine if we could help our dysplastic dogs run without pain and our arthritic friends could have pain-free mobility?!
The implications are huge! I know that I’d rather have an injection of my own cells to treat a degenerative joint, rather than an invasive surgery to replace it. I hope that we’ll see these medical advancements continue to become more mainstream for our pets and spill over into traditional human medicine – soon!