For all of us who are animal lovers, there is a new option for pain relief that eliminates the side effects of NSAIDS commonly used to treat osteoarthritis.
You have to read the article at the link below for details, but essentially veterinarians in Orlando, FL have used stem cells to ease the pain of osteoarthritis in dogs.
The patient goes under general anesthesia and a small amount of adipose (fat) tissue is removed from the abdomen, that tissue is sent to California where a company there isolates stem cells from the patients own tissue, consolidates them into a solution, and returns it to the original veterinarian, who gives the patient injections in the affected joints, much like a vaccine. It is believed that although stem cell therapy can not cure osteoarthritis it may improve range of motion, movement, and ease pain.
The estimated cost is about $2,500, but to many who purchase monthly medications and supplements to manage ostearthritis in their pets, the cost is understandable and worth it. I myself am excited to see another alternative treatment for this condition in our pets, pass it on, share the joy!
Stem-Cell Therapy in Dogs