If your dog has trouble walking due to arthritis in a knee or elbow, the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine may be able to help with two groundbreaking clinical trials.
Thanks to a generous gift from Robert and Janet Sabes and the Sabes Foundation, the veterinary college will be able to study the effectiveness of stem cell injections on dogs that have chronic osteoarthritis in the knee or elbow.
UF is seeking up to 60 dogs to participate in the study. Dogs that show signs of limping for at least six months but are still able to bear weight are eligible for the trials. Dogs must also be 2 to 10 years-old and currently taking anti-inflammatory medication.
The treatment for the study is free, but owners must pay for the initial evaluation.
“The long-term goal is to try to effectively treat dogs with chronic cranial cruciate ligament rupture and osteoarthritis without surgery,” Antonio Pozzi D.V.M. said. “The other key goal is to improve quality of life for the dog, decrease pain and improve limb function and mobility.”
After the initial injections UF veterinarians will evaluate each dog for their orthopedic function, activity levels and quality of life. Dogs will be re-checked at the one, three and six month periods.
If the study proves to be successful it may be used to prevent arthritis in dogs. For instance a dog that develops joint disease in one knee is very likely to develop the disease in the other knee over time. Dr. Pozzi hopes that a stem cell injection given in a healthy knee may ward off future degenerative issues.
The Sabes Foundation believes that stem cell research is the future for longer lives in both animals and humans. They have given gifts to many research programs to advance the technology.
Stem cells will be collected from healthy donor dogs.
If you would like to find out more information about enrolling these clinical trials contact Mary Bohannon at email@example.com.