Owners hope stem cell therapy brings help for pets
But five months ago, while chasing a ball outside, the 4-year-old German shepherd blew out one of his back knees. He showed up with a limp at Animal Haven Veterinary Center in Bear, where he received treatment that helped, but he still had pain.
His owner, John Przybyliski, wanted a better outcome for his best friend. So, on Tuesday, Dr. Nancy Brady infused Grover's joint with stem cells she had extracted from his own fat tissue earlier in the day — the first such procedure in Delaware to use an in-house stem cell treatment developed by a Kentucky-based company called MediVet America.
The cost: $2,249.
"It is financially a burden to us, because I am retired, but if this will help him, it will be worth every penny," said Przybyliski, who lives near New Castle.
The treatment is among a growing number of options for pet owners who more and more are willing to pay thousands of dollars to ease the pain of their furry family members, or improve their quality of life.
Supporters of stem cell therapy in pets say there is a growing body of evidence that supports the treatment in both humans and animals. Researchers continue to develop techniques and uses for stem cells, and experts say there is still more to learn.
Keep, and ya accusing me of getting my news form monkeys? See, monkeys are closet to humans than dogs....bwahahahahahahaha. I don't wanna say ya getting ya news from dogs, but watching all the apologies and firings at MSLSD, ya kinda wonda, eh?....hehehehehehehe
My vet wanted to "rebuild" my dog for $2,500-it was very emotional-I couldn't take the idea that he would have post-operative pain. I would have spent the money for SCs-no pain!!! I can see this being a huge industry. ACTC 6 trials!!!