"Poliisikoira Dasty sairastui Borrelioosiin ja sen aiheuttamaan niveltulehdukseen. Antibiootit ja kortisoni pitivät taudin kurissa mutta eivät sen enempää. Koiran liikkuminen oli kivuliasta. Eläinlääkäri ruiskutti kipeisiin niveliin koiran omasta rasvasta otettuja kantasoluja ja kolmen kuukauden kuluttua 5-vuotias saksanpaimenkoira oli täysin oireeton. Lemmikkieläinten omistajat voivat kysyä hoitoa eläinlääkäreiltä."
Police dog back to work after stem-cell treatment
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Here?s a news release and a connection to a Chicago Tribune story:
Dasty, a Chicago K-9 officer, has returned to the Police Department with a new lease on life, thanks to technology used to treat arthritis and other injuries in dogs.
Dasty had developed severe arthritis after contracting Lyme disease. High doses of antibiotics and steroids controlled his disease, but his mobility was still impaired.
Veterinarian Dr. Cheryl Adams treated the 5-year-old German shepherd using the dog?s own fat. Through a California-based company, Vet-Stem, she had the fat stem cells extracted from a few tablespoons of Dasty?s fat. The stem cells were then injected, at a high concentration, back into the area of pain.
After being treated with stem cells, Dasty?s energy and mobility are back to normal after just three months.
Pet owners interested in this treatment option for severe canine arthritis should consult their vets.
You can read more in William Hageman?s story in the Chicago Tribune.
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Stem cell treatment puts Dasty back in the crime-fighting business
New approach uses German shepherd's own fat cells to battle crippling arthritis
September 12, 2010|By William Hageman, Tribune Newspapers
For a good half-hour, Dasty did the slobbery, happy dog thing ? chomping on a hard rubber toy, offering it to visitors, chasing it when it was thrown. Hard to believe that just a few months ago, this 5-year-old German shepherd was virtually crippled by severe arthritis in his left rear leg.
"His quality of life was not good," says Dr. Cheryl Adams, a veterinarian at Arboretum View Animal Hospital in Downers Grove. "The poor guy could barely stand up."
Now he's as good as new, thanks to stem cell treatment, a relatively new procedure in which Dasty's own fat cells provided the stem cells that were injected into the leg. It got him up and running again. And mobility is a prerequisite for Dasty's job. He's a member of the Chicago Police Department's narcotics unit.
Turns out, his arthritis was caused by Lyme disease.
"We don't know where he contracted it," says Officer Marion Anderson, a 21-year Chicago Police Department veteran who has been Dasty's partner for 41/2 years. "He had been working for a couple of years, and one day I noticed he was getting up a little slow. Then it got slower. And he started limping."
Anderson didn't realize how bad it was until one night when Dasty, lying beside her, went to move and let out a yelp.
"You hear a dog cry out in pain, to hear that in the middle of the night scared the daylights out of me," she says.
Going up and down stairs became a problem, and getting in and out of a car was difficult. That's tough to see in any 3- or 4-year-old dog. But in a service dog ?
"There was a point at his lowest when we thought he might have to be retired," says Officer Steve Martinez, who handles canine training for the narcotics division of the Chicago Police Department's organized crime division.
Anderson took Dasty to Arboretum View (avah.org), which provides medical services for the dogs in the Chicago Police Department's canine unit. There his problem was diagnosed. He received physical therapy, antibiotics and steroids, but the benefits were minor, and the side effects were not insignificant. His weight ballooned, and he developed, shall we say, bad eating habits.
"He started eating the handle off a purse, and he had to get stuff scoped out of his gut," Adams says. "Traditional treatments were just not working for him."