Mar 8, 2024

Akita Receives VetStem Cell Therapy for Arthritis

Posted by Bob under Dog Arthritis, VetStem Cell Therapy

Last Friday was National Welsh Corgi Day and today is International Akita Day! We of course have to pay tribute by sharing a VetStem success story about an Akita named Yoshio!


Yoshio faced significant challenges due to bilateral hock dysplasia and osteoarthritis in his joints. By the age of 9.5, he struggled to perform basic activities, like jumping on the bed, and could not stand comfortably. His condition caused discomfort and limited his mobility, leading to lower back spasms and difficulty walking. Determined to alleviate Yoshio’s suffering, his owner followed an extensive physical therapy regimen, including underwater treadmill exercises and cold laser therapy. Despite these efforts and weight loss to ease joint stress, Yoshio found only minimal relief after four months.

In pursuit of a more effective solution, Yoshio’s owner turned to VetStem Cell Therapy. Under the care of veterinary surgeon and longtime VetStem user, Dr. Kim Carlson, Yoshio underwent a minimally invasive procedure to collect fat tissue from his abdomen. The fat was processed at the VetStem lab to extract Yoshio’s stem and regenerative cells. Within 48 hours of the initial fat collection, Yoshio received stem cell injections into both hocks and his right carpus, along with an IV injection.

Yoshio’s owner noticed a significant improvement in his condition within just one week of the procedure. With renewed strength and mobility, Yoshio could run, jump onto beds, and stand comfortably following treatment with stem cells.

Arthritis is one of the most common ailments that affects dogs today. While all dogs can develop arthritis, large breed dogs like Akitas are at a higher risk due to the increased wear and tear on their joints. If you think your dog may benefit from treatment with VetStem Cell Therapy, speak to your veterinarian or contact us to receive a list of providers near you.


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