Sep 29, 2010

Yogi The Dog “I Feel Good”

Here is a recent email from a dog owner.  Simply put, this is why we do what we do.

“Here’s a picture of Yogi at the beach.  He’s in great shape, 2 years after the stem cell treatment.  We joke that he goes around singing “I feel good” in a James Brown voice.

Yogi was infected with 3 tick born diseases including Lyme’s about 2 and ½ years ago.  The Lyme’s, together with significant hip dysplasia, proved a terrible combination. He got so bad (even after weeks of antibiotics that cleared up the Lyme’s) that in the evenings he stiffened up so much he could barely get up from a lying or sitting position.   Some days he was in so much pain he didn’t want to go for the daily park outings with the other household dogs and would just sit forlornly on the deck.

Now though, as you can see from the picture, he’s doing splendidly.  He’s on a very low dose of anti-inflammatory medication (zubrin) and feels great.   He’s the first to bound into the car to go to the park, plays like a wild pup with his pals, and is generally a happy, healthy guy.  The stem cell treatment was a fantastic option for him, and we’re grateful it was available.  Hopefully someday soon it will be available for bipeds as well.

Many thanks!”
Erika for Yogi the dog

Yogi’s experience is a reminder to check for tick born diseases so that they can be taken care of before stem cell treatment.


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