It isn’t often that human medical research benefits sick dogs, but that is exactly what happened this week. Degenerative Myelopathy dogs got good news from the University of Missouri thanks to a study for patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The news is so good that is has two parts: a better diagnosis for DM and the clinical trial of a new drug. [Read more…]
In January 2015 I posted a story that was big news for paralyzed dogs. North Carolina State University had just released a video of a paraplegic pug taking steps on a treadmill. The dog had taken part in a clinical trial run by Dr. Natasha Olby, professor of neurology at NCSU. Now in January 2017, I am excited to announce that Dr. Olby is continuing her Canine Spinal Cord Injury Program. NCSU is recruiting paralyzed dogs for their clinical trial. Enrollment in Part Two of this groundbreaking study starts February 3, 2017.
The trial is brief. It only requires dogs to be at NCSU for two days. If you are the pet parent of a paralyzed dog, I strongly encourage you to enroll. It might make a world of difference to your dog and it will be a game-changer for future paraplegic pets and people. [Read more…]
One of my main goals for Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog is to keep pet parents informed about the latest veterinary research being conducted. So when I read a press release about the brand new AVMA Clinical Study Database, I knew I had to share the details with you. The comprehensive database from the American Veterinary Medical Association will open a world of new opportunities for sick and disabled pets, the clinical researchers studying them and practicing veterinarians who want to offer advanced care to their patients.
Follow along and I will explain how the program works and how to enroll your pet into the database. [Read more…]
When I attended the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, I had the good fortune to interview stem cell therapy expert Chad Maki, DVM. Dr. Maki is the Chief Medical Officer for VetCell™ Therapeutics™. The company has just started offering stem cell therapy treatments for dogs with Osteoarthritis. Dr. Maki took the time to explain the treatments available, the cost and the benefits.
Stem cell therapy has always been a fascinating part of medicine to me. I love the idea that a treatment made from your body’s individual cells is able to not only treat a condition, but has the potential to regenerate damaged tissue to cure it. I am sure this explanation of cell-based therapy is much too simplified, but that’s how I understand the process. [Read more…]
For the past 30 days Cody has been on the injectable medication, Adequan® Canine, to calm his severe arthritis pain and stiffness. Like a lot of large breed 13 year-old dogs, Cody has Osteoarthritis in his elbows, hips and rear legs. He has a terrible time getting up off the floor and he moans when he lies down. His body is stiff and unsteady when he walks and he’s in constant pain. I’ve had other big dogs who suffered from arthritis as they grew older, but Cody’s joints are much worse than any of the others.
I actually thought we were going to lose him a few weeks ago when he lost his balance on a walk and collapsed into some bushes on our neighbor’s front yard. That’s how weak his legs have become over the past six months. Luckily I was able to boost him up from the ground and we slowly walked home.
After that scare I took Cody back to our veterinarian to get checked out. That’s when we had our first conversation about Adequan® Canine. [Read more…]