Pets bring companionship, love and tons of joy into people’s lives. Some people dress their pets up and take them everywhere with them. Other people consider their pets as another family member. When you walk through the doors after a long day of work your pets are always excited to greet you, no matter what.
The only downside to having a pet (besides shedding) is that we have to see our best friends age quickly. No one wants to watch his or her best friend suffer from old age. Even if you’re extremely lucky you will only be able to spend 15 years with your furry friend. It’s really depressing. As many dogs age the common symptoms they experience are:
- Decreases mobility
- Hip dysplasia
- Decreases heart function
- Change in Activity level
- Loss of hearing
It seems as though many of these symptoms are joint related, meaning the pets are in pain due to degeneration or misplacement in their hips. The most common type of joint problem for dogs especially, is hip dysplasia.
According to Petmd.com,
“The hip joint is composed of the ball and the socket. The development of hip dysplasia is determined by an interaction of genetic and environmental factors, though there is a complicated pattern of inheritance for this disorder, with multiple genes involved. Hip dysplasia is the failure of the hip joints to develop normally (known as malformation), gradually deteriorating and leading to loss of function of the hip joints.”
Overtime the hip dysplasia will lead to what we used to think was irreversible joint damage and cartilage degeneration.
Stem Cell Therapy in Pets:
Just like with people, once you are suffering from joint problems, specifically arthritis, the situation won’t get better on it’s own. You have a few options once anti-inflammatories and pain relievers aren’t doing to trick anymore. You can either choose for your pet to go through invasive surgery, or you can try regenerative treatments.
A new trend to treat your pet’s arthritis is stem cell treatments. The process is basically the same as with people.
First a veterinarian will determine that your pet does in fact have arthritis by checking x-rays. Then the vet will have stem cells donated or extract the pet’s own stem cells. The cells will then be injected into the problematic area and over time the stem cells may be able to re-grow the cartilage and relieve the painful symptoms of arthritis.
The process takes about an hour and you may pay up to $2,000 depending on the severity of the arthritis, the size of the joint and the number of injections that will be needed.
Success Stories from Stem Cell Treatments
You may be a little skeptical. I was too at first. However, some success stories seem very promising.
You have to watch this video below. It’s truly incredible what stem cell therapy did for this German Shepard. In the video you can see the dog struggling just to walk around. When the dog’s owner attempts to put the German Shepard in the car the dog refuses. With the car door open all the German Shepard could do was put her front paws on the seat. Because of the arthritis and hip dysplasia the German Shepard was not able to jump into the back seat.
The video goes on to talk about the procedure, how it works, where the stem cells came from etc. Towards the end of the video, only two weeks after the stem cell injections, the German Shepard jumped into the back of the car with no problems.
This procedure was done quite a few years ago. Stem cell treatments have only improved since the time this German Shepard was treated. I’m sure today’s advancements with stem cell therapy would decrease hip pain even more.
Stem Cell Therapy May Help You Too
Just because stem cell therapy worked for this German Shepard doesn’t mean it’s can’t work for you. In fact there are a lot of musculoskeletal similarities between people and dogs such as:
- Both have a trapezius muscle (shoulder muscle)
- Half of a human’s and dog’s weight is made up of the muscular system.
- Both have a tricep muscle
- Both have a deltoid muscle
The ways our musculoskeletal systems are designed allow both of us to run, jump and move.
If you aren’t already aware, stem cell therapy has been improving the lives of people who were once suffering from arthritis. Just like in pets, if you have arthritis, stem cells may be injected into the problematic area and regeneration may occur in your joints.
If you are tired of suffering from painful arthritis symptoms call the Stem Cell Professionals in York, Pa today. We will not be able to help you if your pet is suffering from arthritis but we may be able to help you.
Call the Stem Cell Professionals at (717)-881-2343
Hip Dysplasia in Dogs. (1/13/2016). Retrieved from http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/musculoskeletal/c_dg_hip_dysplasia?page=show