Apr 18, 2011

For Phoebe, Stem Cells Have Been Nothing Short of a Miracle

The following letter came to us from a grateful dog owner who was faced with some hard choices for her young dog’s arthritis due to elbow dysplasia. Her veterinarian was willing to spend time learning and training a new procedure in order to provide the best treatment options for her patient. Below is the story directly from the owner, Judi P.

 “Phoebe, an English Mastiff, began to limp at the age of 6 months. She was growing very quickly and so we were worried. At the time, we took her to the vet’s, and had some x-rays done. The x-rays showed some elbow dysplasia. Phoebe never ran. Never. She did not enjoy walking very much either. Her limping stopped, but she was never an active dog. (Or at least as active as Mastiffs can be, that is.)

 At two years of age, Phoebe’s hips and elbows were checked, and while her hips were within the normal range, both her elbows were bad. One elbow had  a UAP (Ununited Anconeal Process) , the other was also showing changes. Back to our vet, Dr. Roberta Haught of Marietta, OH. She recommended that we consider surgery.

 After a great deal of research, we contacted Dr. Haught and asked her opinion of stem cell therapy. She did some checking on her own and called us with her thoughts and ideas. She was willing to become trained to do Vet- Stem’s retrieval and implantation and so at the time we had Phoebe spade, we had the stem cell treatment done.

 Within weeks we were noticing subtle differences. Phoebe was willing to get up on the couch unassisted. She was happy walking and began to trot around the backyard. At two months past the treatment, she surprised us by leaping up onto a wall in our yard, something she had never done before. Her greatest joy is walking, trotting off lead and exploring. It is a beautiful thing to see her move.

 Phoebe now has a daily walk of a mile and enjoys her outings, demanding that she go for a walk now, instead of being disinterested and dragging behind the walker. She no longer takes pain medicine and is much more active and interested in what is going on. Phoebe is a trained therapy dog with TDI and we are looking forward to beginning our library visits again. None of this would have been possible without Vet-Stem and the stem cell treatment. For Phoebe, it has been nothing short of a miracle.

 Thank you Vet-Stem and Dr. Roberta Haught”

 Judi P.

 This is a common finding.  Notice that Judi did her homework and studied the information on the literature.  She also involved her veterinarian in analyzing the options for Phoebe.  Since Phoebe was quite young, the prospect of a lifetime of drug therapy was frightening.  Take a look at the compiled data on outcomes with young dogs.  Do your homework and then make an educated decision about the best therapy for your buddy.


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