Hillcrest Animal Hospital to perform stem cell therapy on search-and-rescue dog

August 8, 2011

Online Staff Report

The first veterinary hospital in Rockford to perform animal stem cell therapy in-clinic will try to help a search-and-rescue dog suffering from a painful condition.

The procedure is set for 8 to 11 a.m., Tuesday Aug. 9, at Hillcrest Animal Hospital, 227 N. Alpine Road, Rockford.

The therapy will be performed on 8-year-old Gunther, a German Shepherd with fibrotic myopathy, a fibrous hamstring that causes a lack of nerve sensation, leading to a significant limp in his right rear leg. Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RR5BgS_cYQ.

Gunther is part of a three-dog search-and-rescue team that is deployed in northern Illinois and the Wisconsin wilderness; his owner/handler, Dr. Kari Kobus of Hillcrest, says he is critical to the success of the team.

Adult animal stem cell technology uses the body’s own regenerative healing power to help cure dogs, cats and horses suffering from osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia and tendon, ligament and cartilage injuries and other ailments.

Fat tissue is removed from the animal, the stem cells are separated and activated, and then injected into the affected areas.

Within about four weeks of the procedure, Gunther should be moving well, with little or no pain.

The treatment will be performed by Dr. Charles Wimmer, D.V.M.

Hillcrest can be reached at (815) 398-9313.

Animal stem cell regeneration therapy

Veterinarians in the U.S. and Canada are excited about a major scientific development in animal stem cell regenerative therapy.

The technology uses an adult animal’s own stem cells to heal itself.

The drug-free treatment has been developed by Kentucky-based MediVet-America for dogs, cats, horses and other animals suffering from osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, ligament and cartilage injuries, and other degenerative diseases.

Stem cell regenerative therapy involves removing fat tissue from the animal, separating the stem cells from the fat, activating and then injecting the cells into the affected area.

Within three to four weeks, most animals that had been in severe pain with a restricted range of motion are able to walk, run and jump again.

The previous generation stem cell technology, developed in 2002, required veterinarians to ship samples to a West Coast laboratory for the stem cells to be separated, then wait days for the cells to be returned for injection.

MediVet-America’s therapy is done entirely in-clinic, saving time and money.

The new technology costs about $1,900-$2,000 for dogs, $2,400 for horses, half the price of the old procedure.

The key to MediVet-America’s Adipose Stem Cell Procedure Kit is an advanced, patented L.E.D. technology that activates millions of dormant stem cells present in fat tissue.

Dr. Mike Hutchinson, D.V.M., a leading practitioner in animal stem cell therapy, has seen tremendous results, and switched from the old technology to become national spokesman for MediVet-America. He said: “I believe MediVet-America’s new application signifies the biggest breakthrough in veterinary medicine I have seen since entering the field 25 years ago.”

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