Nov 2, 2011

Stem Cells Improve Hannah’s Quality of Life

We are always pleased to hear happy stories of our patients. Below is the story of Hannah and how stem cell therapy helped her to overcome arthritis pain so that she could continue to serve others.

“Our Border Collie, Hannah, has hip dysplasia and our orthopedic vet Dr. Pam Nichols, at Animal Care Center K-9 Rehab Center, told us both hips were equally bad ….some of the worst she’d ever seen (hip dysplasia is one of the leading causes of arthritis in dogs). She was afraid Hannah would have to have both hips replaced to ensure a long active life; but suggested that we try stem cells first. Hannah used to use her front paws to pull herself up at times after a lot of running or play and the arthritis was very invasive. She was not making any extra trips upstairs and was unable to even stand on her hind legs.

She is a certified therapy dog with Intermountain Therapy Dog and this skill was very useful when visiting in hospitals so that she could be petted by those unable to get out of bed. She was never able to stand on her hind legs and now she can – very important because many patients need her to put her front paws on their hospital bed so they can pet her.

My husband and I (and Hannah) cannot tell you how much Hannah’s life has changed since her stem cell treatment. The results were better than we ever hoped for and are nothing short of amazing. She competes in fly ball! She runs and jumps and races with our 4 and 2 year old Border Collies and flies up and down the stairs. Frisbee was off limits but now she can play for an hour without being sore.”

– Carol and Hannah


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