One of the worst experiences for pet parents is to watch helplessly as their dog or cat is in pain and not be able to do anything about it. Most of the spinal injuries and diseases or neurological disorders I frequently write about are also extremely painful conditions for pets. That’s why I was so excited to learn about a brand new pain management device that is being introduced at this very moment during the American Veterinary Medical Association Annual Convention in Boston.
Like me I bet you’ve never heard of GM1 Gangliosidosis, unless your cat has this horrible inherited disease. It’s a disorder that slowly destroys nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord of young kittens. Siamese and Korat breeds are most susceptible.
While this neurological disease used to be a death sentence, researchers at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine have made outstanding progress to keep them living longer.
There is good news for animals suffering from orthopedic injuries, osteoarthritis and other diseases of the joints thanks to an extraordinary donation from billionaires John and Leslie Malone. The couple donated $42.5 million to Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
Big news came out this week from North Carolina State University when a paralyzed dog walked on a treadmill following a clinical trial. The NCSU study tried to get paraplegic dogs walking again with the help of two medications. It’s the kind of news that made me wish I lived closer to North Carolina.
Two years ago when a 10 year-old chocolate Labrador retriever named Browning was diagnosed with a large cancerous tumor on her leg, the standard course of treatment would have been amputation. Lucky for Browning she was enrolled in a one-of-a-kind clinical trial at Washington State University where the venom from a scorpion saved her leg and her life.