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.
If she could talk, a paralyzed dog named Greta would say that she has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. She was loved by her human dad and canine sister Alice for 8 years and then was taken in by her “Grammie” when she became a paraplegic. Her entire family pulled together to give her a second chance. Greta is also the only Pit bull dog enrolled in the Iowa State University clinical trial that is trying to get paralyzed dogs walking again.
If you’ve ever read my stories, you know that I am a huge fan of the clinical trial being conducted at Iowa State University to get paraplegic dogs walking. The study for paralyzed dogs is combining rigorous physical therapy with injections of a new drug into the spine to restore communication between a dog’s brain and legs. I was very excited when I (virtually) met Oscar Madison, a little dog that is taking part in the clinical trial.
Here’s an interview Oscar’s mom Christian shared about her dog and why they joined the study.
November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month so I am deviating from talking about pets with special needs to share an important brand new clinical trial for cats with an aggressive form of cancer. Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the most common and deadly form of oral tumors in cats, but thanks to a promising new treatment from MBF Therapeutics, hope is on the horizon to stop this disease.
Have you heard the term Spinal Walking or Spinal Reflex Walking? It’s kind of a miracle way to walk that some dogs with severe spinal cord injuries learn even though their legs can’t communicate with their brain.