Posts Tagged ‘vet’

stem cells help injured panther

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on January 13, 2012 at 9:24 am

stem cells help injured panther.

stem cells helped this injured panther

Courtesy of Dr. Norm Griggs

Stem cell treatment has helped an injured Florida panther in need.

A two-year-old Florida panther named Buddah has a new lease on life thanks to the staff of the Tallahassee Museum of Natural History and veterinarian Dr. Norm Griggs’ interest in regenerative medicine.

According to his fascinating blog, My patients, My life, Dr. Griggs looked forward to meeting the new “kitty”. But shortly after the cat arrived, he received a phone call from Mike Jones, the curator of the museum. From the tone of Mike’s voice, Dr. Griggs knew that he had some bad news coming.

Buddah injured his shoulder or elbow a few months prior to arriving at the museum. While he appeared recovered, suddenly he started limping again on his front left leg. The panther’s medical history was sketchy, so it was difficult to learn how his injury had been treated. A thorough evaluation, including X-rays to get to the root of his lameness, was in order.

After evaluating the panther’s elbow, Dr. Griggs ascertained that at one point the cat had injured the joint surface of the radius; the main bone in his foreleg. Deciding the best course of treatment for this beautiful young panther was a challenge.

With pain management and medication to slow the progress of the devastating arthritis that was attacking his elbow, Buddah was doing well. He was active and playing. But when Dr. Griggs received a phone call from Mike one Saturday night, he braced for even more devastating news; while playing, Buddah had injured himself running into a fence. The panther hadn’t been putting weight on the leg, and Mike feared it was broken.

While the X-rays revealed no break, Buddah’s range of motion was impaired. As such, Dr. Griggs primary concern became giving this cat a good quality of life.

In approaching the panther’s medical situation, Dr. Griggs recalled his interest in regenerative medicine. Could stem cell treatment be a possible solution? He contacted Vet Stem, tops in the field in veterinary regenerative medicine, completed a credentialing course and was certified to utilize the treatment.

Dr. Griggs’ thoughts on regenerative medicine proved to be right on target. He administered stem cell treatment to Buddah. One week following the procedure, Buddah began to show improvement. Seven weeks later he was pain free, off medications and once again a happy young cat. And while he is carefully monitored and his exercise time is slowly being increased, Dr. Griggs is quite optimistic that a happy future lies ahead for this magnificent cat.

I hope that one day in the near future this incredible technology will be available to alleviate the suffering of human beings as well. Do you agree?

Stem cell therapy goes to the dogs

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on April 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Stem cell therapy goes to the dogs

A surgical team at Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove removes fat from Doodle, a 9-year-old German Shepherd suffering from osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia. Stem cells will be derived from the fat and injected into the dog./Photo submitted by Veterinary Specialty Center

A surgical team at Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove removes fat from Doodle, a 9-year-old German Shepherd suffering from osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia. Stem cells will be derived from the fat and injected into the dog. Photo submitted by Veterinary Specialty Center

Doodle was the first dog to receive the new one-day stem cell procedure in Illinois./Photo submitted by Veterinary Specialty Center

Things were getting bad for Doodle. Despite her youthful name, the 9-year-old German Shepherd was experiencing joint pain from bilateral hip dysplasia and osteoarthritis. She would get sore and tired from long weekend walks and started falling up the stairs.

Her owners, the Dahl family of Oak Brook, had tried different options before landing on animal stem cell regenerative therapy, a procedure that’s a hot topic in the veterinary world. Last week, Doodle received reportedly the first such one-day operation in Illinois at the Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove.

The practice of using stem cells, derived from the animal’s fat, to treat joint problems could be discouraging for pet owners because of cost and timing. The animal used to have to go twice to a vet hospital: once for surgery to remove fat cells and once again for the injection of the stem cells into the inflamed joint.  The cost was around $2,700.

Leslie Dahl, Doodle’s owner and a veterinarian herself, didn’t want to go that route. She had tried anti-inflammatory medication, but Doodle’s stomach couldn’t handle it. She tried collagen injections, but they didn’t fully relieve Doodle of her pain. Plus, the animal already was difficult at the vet’s and she was concerned that Doodle would get too anxious between the visits.

So when the Veterinary Specialty Center started looking into a new procedure that allows the stem cells to be processed in the same facility on the same day for about $1,900, Dahl was intrigued.

The process is essentially the same. Fat is removed and then processed by being put in a centrifuge and spun until the stoma stem cells are separated. They are then isolated, activated and injected back into the animal.

In the clinic before a lab was established, the cells were shipped to California, said Mitch Robbins, a surgeon at the Veterinary Specialty Center. The pet would be under anesthesia for removal of the cells, then a second time for the re-injection.

Doodle’s operation, and that of another dog called Fergus, were the center’s firsts in which the stem cells were processed in house, Robbins said.

He said he’s seen about 70 to 80 percent of the animals improve significantly with the treatment that’ s been available since about 2005.

“It’s been around for a little while,” said Kimberly May, a veterinarian and assistant director of professional and public affairs for the Schaumburg-based American Veterinary Medical Association. “We’ve actually been using it in horses for quite a while; now it’s being promoted for joint disease and hip dysphasia. It’s definitely growing, especially for pet owners who are hearing all these anecdotal stories.”

Research is progressing on the treatment’s effectiveness, May said.

“You find out what it really works for and where it doesn’t work,” she said. “We’re still in that stage with the stem cell procedures.”

Robbins said success depends on the animal’s ailments. Pets that don’t respond may be experiencing pain from a source other than  inflammation of the tissues around the joint.

“Some dogs do better, some do worse, some don’t respond at all,” he said.

On average, the animals he treats get re-injected every 18 months, he said. The cells can be stored, with subsequent procedures costing about $600.

Robbins believes the one-day procedure and lower cost will encourage more pet owners to help out their older dogs with arthritis or inflammatory problems. Dahl said her family would have had to euthanize Doodle if pain prevented her from moving, but that would have been a really tough decision since they embrace the dog’s quirky personality.

So far, Doodle’s recovery has been going well. It takes about 10 days to heal from the initial surgery and about four to five weeks to see results.

Doodle is still throwing balls to herself and performing stuffed animal tricks, but is not quite back to going up and down stairs.

“I don’t expect this is going to be a magic bullet to give her back her youth,” Dahl said. “But to get her where she’s not falling and she’s not in pain after going for just a moderate walk, that’s quality of life.

Stem cell therapy goes to the dogs — Buffalo Grove news, photos and events — TribLocal.com.

Stem Cell Technology Treating Many Degenerative Diseases…In Pets

In ALL ARTICLES on March 31, 2011 at 10:14 am

Technology is giving us many new inventions daily. One such recent invention of world class manufacturing technology has been made by Medivet Pty Ltd. The Research and Development Division of the company has introduced a new procedure with the help of which, the veterinarians can extract, process and activate an animal’s own adult stem cells by injecting them back again into the animal’s own body.

Medivet has recently introduced this unique procedure. Several countries worldwide and many international veterinarians today are using this procedure to treat many degenerative diseases such as primary and secondary arthritis, hip dysplasia, damaged or torn ligaments and tendons, joint pain, worn or damaged cartilage etc.

Medivet has spent many years and millions of dollars to introduce this one of the most exciting and valuable treatments ever released, exclusively for the veterinary field. The company is really making big with its American division, Medivet America LLC that is leading the field in sales and Adipose Stem Cell procedures.

Trials are still being conducted at many universities, in Australia and internationally. Also, thousands of Adipose Stem Cell Kits have been supplied to veterinarians enabling them to perform Stem cell procedures including the 14 international countries to which, Medivet is currently exporting the kits.

Stem Cell Technology Treating Many Degenerative Diseases Today | TopNews United States.

Walmart fires employee for using medical marijuana in Michigan, worker and ACLU sue retailer

In Medical Marijuana on July 24, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Walmart fires employee for using medical marijuana in Michigan, worker and ACLU sue retailer

BY Aliyah Shahid


Friday, July 2nd 2010, 8:59 AM

Joseph Casias, 30, who uses medical marijuana to treat symptoms of an inoperable brain tumor and cancer claims in a lawsuit that he was wrongfully fired from a Walmart store in Battle Creek, MI.

Joseph Casias might just feel like a dope for doping — even though it was legal.

The Michigan father of two sued Walmart this week for firing him after he tested positive for marijuana — which he was using to alleviate pain from a brain tumor and sinus cancer.

Casias, 30, was canned late last year after five years on the job in Battle Creek.

According to the complaint, Casias tested positive for marijuana in a drug test administered after he injured his knee at work, under a Walmart policy that requires employees injured on the job to take the test.

Casias, who won an associate of the year award at the store in 2008, has been using marijuana on his oncologist’s advice after Michigan voters passed a law approving the drug’s medical use in 2008.

“Joseph is an example of a patient for whom marijuana has had a life-changing positive effect,” the complaint states.

A Walmart spokesman said he sympathized with Casias, but defended the dismissal.

“Like other companies, we have to consider the overall safety of our customers and our associates, including Mr. Casias, when making a difficult decision like this,” said Greg Rossiter.

The American Civil Liberties Union also has filed a lawsuit against the nation’s largest retailer.

“No patient should be forced to choose between adequate pain relief and gainful employment,” Scott Michelman, a staff attorney with the ACLU Drug Law Reform Project told CNN. “And no employer should be allowed to intrude upon private medical choices made by employees in consultation with their doctors.”

Michigan is an at-will employment state, which means employers can fire a worker for any reason unless it falls under a federally protected category such as race, gender and religion. The ACLU is arguing legal medical marijuana users also should be included.

According to the complaint, Casias wants to be rehired and is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

via Walmart fires employee for using medical marijuana in Michigan, worker and ACLU sue retailer.

DC council passes medical marijuana, bill goes to mayor

In Medical Marijuana on July 24, 2010 at 6:57 pm

DC council passes medical marijuana, bill goes to mayor


Tuesday, May 4th 2010, 11:34 PM

WASHINGTON — The D.C. Council has passed a measure to legalize medical marijuana, sending the bill to Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty.

Under the measure passed Tuesday, the nation’s capital would join 14 states that allow medical marijuana.

Patients with chronic illnesses such as AIDS or cancer could obtain marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation. It would be given out at five to eight distribution centers.

Patients would be limited to two ounces of marijuana per month.

If Fenty signs the bill as expected, Congress would have 30 days to review before it becomes law.

In 1998, residents voted to legalize medical marijuana, but Congress blocked the initiative from taking effect for years.

via DC council passes medical marijuana, bill goes to mayor.

Department of Veterans Affairs relaxes rules for medical marijuana users

In Medical Marijuana on July 24, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Department of Veterans Affairs relaxes rules for medical marijuana users

BY Aliyah Shahid


Saturday, July 24th 2010, 4:23 PM

The VA department is relaxing the rules for medical cannabis in the 14 states where the drug is legal.

Should veterans have access to medical marijuana in every state? (To take this poll, go to original article at bottom of page)

  • Yes, if regulated, it is a safe drug, especially for medicinal use.
  • No, it is a drug that can lead to more serious drug use and increase crime.

Related News

* Articles

* DC council passes medical marijuana, bill goes to mayor

* Medical Marijuana truck hits Lakers’ parade in LA

* State Dems want to legalize medical pot to help plug budget gap

* Two Montana medical marijuana stores torched

* Canned for cannabis: Walmart employee, fired for legal pot smoking, sues

Coming to a Veteran’s Affairs clinic near you: medical marijuana…at least in some locations.

The VA department is relaxing the rules for medical marijuana users in the 14 states where the drug is legal, according to the Associated Press.

The department directive clarifies the current rule that bars vets from other medication if they use illegal drugs. The clinics won’t be able to prescribe marijuana, but the new directive explains that within the 14 states, the use of the drug is permitted.

That means veterans won’t have to face the possibility of losing their benefits and access to other prescription pain meds if they are caught smoking cannabis.

“For years, there have been veterans coming back from the Iraq war who needed medical marijuana and had to decide whether they were willing to cut down on their VA medications,” said John Targowski, a legal adviser to the group Veterans for Medical Marijuana Access.

Steve Fox, director of government relations for the Marijuana Policy Project, told the New York Times that he wished the rules included veterans who lived in states were medical marijuana was illegal.

But he called the latest step historic.

“We know have a branch of the federal government accepting marijuana as a legal medicine.”

via Department of Veterans Affairs relaxes rules for medical marijuana users.

The Cardiomyopathy Association | Dogs with cardiomyopathy in stem cell study

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on July 15, 2010 at 10:09 am

Dogs with cardiomyopathy in stem cell study

Doberman pinschers with dilated cardiomyopathy are to undergo stem cell treatment in America

Doberman pinschers with early stage dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) are to undergo stem cell treatment to help improve their hearts.

Up to 15 dogs are to be treated at the University of Florida’s Veterinary Medical Centre with $72,000 in support from the Doberman Pinscher Club of America.

The chief of the centre’s cardiology service, Amara Estrada, said “Dobermans have the highest prevalence of dilated cardiomyopathy of any breed of dog and also the most devastating course. So this was the most important and emergent group to focus on.”

It is then hoped the research team can pursue larger-scale clinical trials for Dobermans with DCM.

Research has already suggested that stem-cell transplants can help left ventricular pump function in both animals and humans who have had heart attacks.

All the dogs in the study will be anaesthetised and researchers will inject cells via a catheter into the heart. There will be follow-up checks at one month, six months, 12 months and 18 months.

If the new technique is effective, it may result in less expensive treatment compared to open heart surgery, said Dr Estrada.

Down the road, researchers may expand the studies to include other dog breeds in the hope of achieving beneficial results for all dogs.

The procedure ultimately could be available to veterinary specialists some day, she added.

Cardiomyopathy is common in many breeds of dog.

via The Cardiomyopathy Association | Dogs with cardiomyopathy in stem cell study.

Video: Using dog fat cells to treat arthritis | NBC13.com

In ALL ARTICLES, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on March 5, 2009 at 11:29 am

saddogPublished: March 5, 2009

Imagine watching your dog become crippled, with no relief from drugs or surgery.

That’s what happened to one California pet owner.

Fortunately she found a life-saving treatment using the dog’s own fat.

It’s hard to believe seeing it now, but a couple of months ago Abby, a 6-year old shelty, could barely walk.

“we were talking about euthanizing her because she was in so much pain,“ said owner Vicky Rusconi.

Rusconi tried countless procedures to help her dog’s debilitating arthritis, but nothing worked.

When a vet at the animal clinic where she works recommended injecting stem cells using Abby’s own fat, she figured she had nothing to lose.

“I was skeptical to be honest, but I was willing to try anything,“ Rusconi said. “I think when you get to the point where it’s either euthanize your dog or try a new procedure, you’re willing to try it.“

Since the first round worked so well, Abby is now undergoing a second round of stem cell injections using her own fat.

via Video: Using dog fat cells to treat arthritis | NBC13.com.

Will Rover outlive Grandma?

In ALL ARTICLES, CATCH UP!, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on March 1, 2009 at 10:58 am

What does it say about the medical establishment and government when your dog can get better health care care than you can? -DG


RNL Offers a Free Stem Cell Shot for Pets for New Banking Customers

As a promotional event from RNL Bio, pet owners who register RNL’s stem cell bank for animals will have unique opportunity for free stem cell therapy for their pets.

(PRWEB) March 1, 2009 — RNL Bio, a leading stem cell firm dedicated to the commercialization of adult stem cell based therapeutics, announced today that any pet owner whose dogs, cats or even horses are registered in the stem cell bank will get free one coupon for one time stem cell therapy valid through one year.

RNL has operated a stem cell bank for animals in Rockville, Maryland. The one time processing fee for stem cell banking is only $999. The stem cells will be preserved alive in liquid nitrogen tank and hold good up to 15 years. During the preservation period, customers can claim stem cells whenever their beloved pets are in need of stem cell therapy to treat various obstinate diseases, including but not limited to osteoarthritis, spinal cord injury, heart condition, aging, kidney failure and even brain damage while they are alive. The stored cells can also be used for cloning dogs after their dogs pass away.

“I am very glad to offer new banking customers free stem cell therapy for lovely pets and you will get the wonderful experience of state of the art technology,” said Jeong Chan Ra, chief executive of RNL Bio. He added, “Stem cell has lots of potential. When your dog is alive, stem cell can be used to treat your dog’s illness. The stem cell will remain alive in our stem cell bank. When your dog passes away, the banked stem cells remain still alive. You can use them to clone your dog if you want to. We recommend our pet lover to register their pets’ stem cell while they are younger and healthier. Stem cells harvested when young have more efficiency.”


Equine clinic is full-service care for hoofed friends | thecalifornian.com | The Salinas Californian

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 27, 2009 at 12:23 pm


Dogs are doing it, horses are doing it…if only us humans could do it. – DG

The clinic has kept pace with evolving medical technology, which often presents unexpected challenges.

“A lot of equine doctors, for example, use digital X-ray, and we do, too,” Alexandra said. “With that technology, though, you see a lot more detail.”

The challenge becomes how to evaluate the new detail. “All of a sudden we can see something we couldn’t see before,” Alexandra said. “Does it matter? Is it clinically significant?”

The clinic provides everything from laser surgery to nutrition counseling to 24-hour emergency care. The diagnostic center offers endoscopy and gastroscopy and digital radiography, to mention a few of its tools. Acupuncture and therapies such as shockwave and stem cell also are available.

via Equine clinic is full-service care for hoofed friends | thecalifornian.com | The Salinas Californian.

%d bloggers like this: