Incredible new results for stem cell therapy were presented at the 3rd North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Meeting in Savannah, Georgia last week. I was privelidged to attend and to present our data. One presenter showed how stem cells can function to grow new tendons and ligaments. Another (Dr. Ross Rich, Cave Creek, AZ) presented data on how over 85% of horses with ligament injury return to full performance level after being treated with adipose stem cells. I was selected to present data on how stem cells can potentially help cats with failing kidneys. Dr. John Peroni of the University of Georgia presided as the association president and introduced the keynote speaker from Georgia Tech who spoke on stem cells in bone healing. One spectacular presentation showed how adipose stem cells can heal dogs with serious tendon and ligament injuries sustained in athletic events like agility and flyball. Wow. In the coming weeks, I will post on the data presented on dogs with arthritis and horses with arthritis and also laminitis to give you a flavor of the rapid progress in discovering new ways to use these cells! They even showed how they can use advanced stem cell tracking to see how cells move around the body to do their miraculous healing jobs. A dawn of the age of Regeneration has reached the veterinary world before human medicine.
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I am always very proud of the Vet-Stem team, but as I write
this I am especially proud of the accomplishment announced last week, “Vet-Stem
Reaches the Milestone of 8,000 Animals Treated with Vet-Stem Cell Therapy”.
There are more than 8,000 of our beloved with less pain,
less stiffness, the ability to run, play, and return to what they love to
do. There are more than 8,000 animal
friends who enjoy life again after using their own bodies’ natural healing
It takes a team to do what we do: Veterinarians, RVTs, Caring Customer Service
Reps, Scientists, Professional Laboratory Technicians, you get the idea. Vet-Stem has compiled a phenomenal team to
bring our patients cutting edge Regenerative Veterinary Medicine, and I am so
proud of the Vet-Stem Team and can’t wait to continue to deliver the care our
Sunny is a 15 1/2 year old buff Cocker Spaniel. Sunny looks young for his years and is active with his owner (Kristi). Kristi is my daughter and Sunny has been by her side for all these 15 years. Two weeks ago, Sunny hopped off the couch and became immediately very painful and lame on his right rear leg. Ouch!! Not being a small animal veterinarian, I took Sunny to see a veterinary surgeon, a friend attending the CVC West veterinary convention in San Diego. Read the rest of this entry »
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.
One of the most common injuries a dog can get is a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). The tearing of the ligament happens in healthy athletic dogs as well as overweight dogs when they are running and suddenly change direction. The ACL and the posterior cruciate ligament are two ligaments that cross each other as one travels from the front to the back of the knee joint, and the other travels from the back to the front. What does the ACL do? This ligament is a fibrous band of tissue that attaches your dog’s femur with their tibia, making the knee joint a hinge.
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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Police dogs, man’s best crime partners, are great assets to any police force. Equipped with great hearing and eyesight, ability to reach speeds of over 30 miles per hour and their stealth demeanor that can track criminals through dark and rough terrain – canine cops are a very valuable part of a police team. They’re used to catch bad guys, locate drugs and find bombs as well as to search for and rescue victims such as those in 9/11 and Haiti. These dogs are trained at a young age to become super athletes and super sleuths.
But chasing criminals, climbing in and out of cargo holds and jumping in and out of cars can cause wear and tear resulting in joint pain, arthritis and muscle tears. At a cost of $10,000 to $20,000, these important dogs are usually quite an investment for a police force. Keeping them healthy and agile is crucial to the police force.
One of the fastest growing advocates for stem cell therapy is the hard working police dog. Over the past 2 years stem cells have been used to help those courageous dogs work harder, heal better and keep them on the force. I will be sharing with you some great success stories that demonstrate how using stem cell therapy to treat joint pain, muscle tears and tendon and ligament conditions can help pet dogs as well as these amazing police dogs.
Garry Jenkins, based in London, has written a great post about stem cells for dog arthritis on his blog Canine Health.
He covers what Stem Cell Therapy is, how it works, and how stem cells can improve your dog’s life.
“Dogs suffer from a range of orthopaedic problems – from arthritis, osteoarthritis and hereditary dysplasia of the hip and elbow joints, to torn tendons and ligaments and bone fractures. Veterinarians have begun achieving startling results with a revolutionary new treatment, involving the injection of stem cells extracted from the patient’s own fatty tissue.” Read more…
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 »