Archive for the ‘Horse Injuries’ Category

May 12, 2010

UC Davis-More News on Arthritis Stem Cell Therapy (Part III)

 
In my second post on the UC Davis Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Meeting, I covered the presentations by Dr. Caplan and Bill Casner. UC Davis also presented data on the use of stem cells in horse deep flexor tendon injury (leads eventually to arthritis).  Dr. Larry Galuppo reported that 47 horses were treated (45% were severe injuries). 65% of these horses treated with stem cells recovered to return to work.

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May 10, 2010

Why Buy Pet Insurance? It Saves Lives and Your Bank Account!

Posted by Bob under from the owner, Horse Injuries

Although this blog is focused on dogs and arthrtis, this great story by our own employee, April, supports the prior posts about pet insurance.

April T:
You know you’re going to do just about everything you can to save the life (and improve quality of life) of your beloved pets. Why make the decision any more difficult by deciding whether or not you can afford it?  Pet insurance saved me from paying $8,000 for surgery, which would have hurt for a long time. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 3, 2010

UC Davis-The News on Arthritis Stem Cell Therapy (Part II)

In my March 12 post on the UC Davis Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Meeting, I covered the general topics presented at the meeting.  Today I want to go a little more in depth on the results of stem cell treatment of arthritis that were presented at the meeting.  First, the keynote speech by Dr. Arnold Caplan of Case Western Reserve University was the highlight of the meeting.  Dr. Caplan described how stem cells really work (I will cover in a blog specifically on this topic very soon).  Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 5, 2010

Stem Cell Treatment for Arthritis in Horses

Ted Robinsob and Stylish - treated with stem cells for arthritis

Arthritis is a painful, debilitating joint disease that can develop in any animal. It can be the result of a traumatic injury to the joint or can develop so slowly that many pet and horse owners may not even recognize the progression of the disease.  While this blog is focused mainly on arthritis in dogs, I thought that I would spend a little time discussing arthritis in horses.  According to the AVMA 2007 pet ownership and demographic study, there are about 7.3 million horses in the US.  It is estimated that 60% of the lameness issues in horses are due to arthritis, which extrapolated out is about 4 million horses!
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Nov 17, 2009

Arthritis in the dog, Man’s Best Friend or Man’s Best Model?

A common question is “when will this be available for humans?” New therapies do take longer to be allowed in people, but the good news is that Vet-Stem has collected very valuable data from the thousands of dogs and horses that we have helped veterinarians treat for OA and tendon and ligament injuries. The dog is actually a very good model for human osteoarthritis. Dogs are also prone to similar soft tissue injuries such as cruciate ligament ruptures (ACL, knee injury) and tears, conditions that veterinarians have seen great improvement in healing by using stem cells. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 14, 2009

The science of stem cells for arthritis & other diseases

With the advent of the internet the amount of information both accurate and interesting is absolutely amazing. As a veterinarian I am constantly challenged to keep current with all the latest advancements, and with stem cells this can really be a challenge. A common search engine for medical literature is PubMed (use www.pubmed.gov if link does not work). Over the past few years the number of reviewed papers on fat derived stem cells has seen incredible growth. There are advances in what stem cells are being used for and in the knowledge of how stem cells do what they do. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 30, 2009

Healing your horse’s bowed tendon with stem cells

Posted by Bob under Concurrent Therapies, Horse Injuries

A bowed tendon is commonly an injury to end horse’s racing career, and even result in death, but now stem cells are changing that. The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal highlights the use of fat derived stem cells and tendon repair in horses.  Bowed tendons are common in many horse sports.  Stem cells from fat may be able to help your dog that has a partially torn tendon.

Do you compete with your horse or dog?

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Sep 10, 2009

Stem cell use in horses and dogs

Since I started Vet-Stem in 2003, over 3,000 horses have been treated. A lot of those horses may have had to find other careers if it were not for their stem cell treatments. One horse that was able to continue his racing career is Greg’s Gold.

And the dogs, well it has been so rewarding to bring back the puppy!! Now, over 2,000 dogs have been treated. Dogs with joint disease, dogs with tendon injuries, dogs in pain.

Hip dysplasia is a terrible disease and it meant that the poor dog was condemned to a life of pain. Now there is a new way to treat these dogs with arthritis related to hip dysplasia, elbow dyplasia and other conformational diseases.

What is bringing about this change? Well stem cell use is now being taught at veterinary continuing education meetings. This past July, the American Veterinary Medical Association meeting in Seattle hosted a full day of stem cells talks to bring veterinarians up to date on stem cells. Vet-Stem provided the credentialing course for all veterinarians interested in adding this regenerative science to their practice. In the afternoon, leading surgeons shared their stories and practice techniques with other veterinarians. If you want your veterinarian to learn more about stem cells, you can download this letter and take it your veterinarian for discussion. If your veterinarian is already credentialed, take this checklist with you to fully discuss the possibility of stem cell therapy for your dog.

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Aug 13, 2009

Stem Cells from an animal’s own fat

Amazing how veterinary medicine is evolving. As little as two years ago, stem cells were a far off abstract idea to most dog and cat veterinarians. Many probably thought stem cell therapy would first be used for humans and then the animals would get the spin off from the new treatment option. Read the rest of this entry »

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