VetStem cell therapy improves quality of life for Labrador Retrievers with hip dysplasia

Zoe Rose

Zoey Rose, a Labrador Retriever, experienced an improvement in her quality of life after being treated with VetStem cell therapy for hip dysplasia.

POWAY, CALIFORNIA, USA, Nov. 9, 2021 / — Zoey Rose, a Labrador Retriever, was just six months old when she was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia is a deformity of the ball and socket hip joint that occurs during growth. The deformity causes joint laxity (loosening) and eventually leads to osteoarthritis (OA). Osteoarthritis is a painful condition that can significantly reduce a dog’s quality of life.

At the time of Zoey’s diagnosis, her hip joints were not yet arthritic although she had experienced pain after activity. Her owner chose to take a proactive approach and had Zoey treated with VetStem cell therapy when she was about a year old. To begin the process, Zoey’s vet removed fatty tissue from her abdomen during a minimally invasive anesthesia procedure. Once collected, the fat was aseptically packaged and shipped to the VetStem lab in Poway, California. VetStem lab technicians have processed the fat to extract and concentrate the stem and regenerative cells it contains. Zoey’s cells were divided into doses and three stem cell injections were shipped to her vet for processing while the rest were put into cryostorage. About 48 hours after the initial fat harvesting procedure, Zoey was injected with stem cells into each hip and intravenously.

According to Zoey’s vet, her right hip responded well to stem cell treatment, but her left hip had minimal response. Zoey’s owner continued to be proactive and opted to have Zoey’s left hip reversed about five months after her first treatment. His extra stem cells were stored from the initial fat harvest, so no extra fat harvesting procedures were needed. This time, Zoey received an injection in her left hip and an intravenous injection.

Zoey responded so well to treatment with VetStem Cell Therapy that she didn’t need another treatment until almost seven and a half years later, when she was nine years old. Her landlord noticed that she didn’t want to go up the stairs anymore and complained downstairs instead. By this point the osteoarthritis of her hips had progressed and once again she received treatment using her doses of stored stem cells. She received a dose in each hip and an intravenous injection. After this treatment, her owner said, “I have no doubt that it has made life healthy for my best friend. You can see the improvement immediately…like shaving years off your dog’s life the other way around. Give years in fact! I am so thankful to be on time today where this has been available. Zoey wouldn’t have the quality or longevity of life without these beautiful stem cells.

The following year, at about ten years old, Zoey received another stem cell treatment identical to the last one. Due to her age and the fact that osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease, meaning it will continue to progress, Zoey could benefit from routine treatments with VetStem cell therapy. Luckily for Zoey, her owner is very proactive in keeping Zoey happy and comfortable.

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common diseases in dogs and the pain associated with osteoarthritis can significantly reduce a dog’s quality of life. According to surveys completed by owners and veterinarians, over 80% of dogs showed improved quality of life after receiving VetStem cell therapy for osteoarthritis. A peer-reviewed study of dogs with chronic hip osteoarthritis found that stem cells reduced pain and lameness. Stem cells are regenerative cells that can differentiate into many types of tissue, reduce pain and inflammation, help restore range of motion, and stimulate regeneration of tendons, ligaments, and joint tissues.

About VetStem, Inc.
VetStem is a veterinarian-led company that was established in 2002 to bring regenerative medicine to the profession. This private biopharmaceutical company, based near San Diego, Calif., currently offers veterinarians a service of treating autologous stem cells (derived from patients’ adipose tissue) among other regeneration modalities. With unique expertise acquired over the past 15 years and thousands of treatments by veterinarians for joint, tendon and ligament problems, VetStem has made applications of regenerative medicine a therapeutic reality. The VetStem team is focused on developing new clinically practical and affordable veterinary solutions that take advantage of the natural restorative abilities found in all living creatures. In addition to its own patent portfolio, VetStem holds exclusive worldwide veterinary licenses for a large portfolio of issued patents in the field of regenerative medicine.

Kristi Hauta, Director of Business Operations
VetStem, Inc.
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