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    There is a dr here that does stem cell stuff on dogs but haven't really looked into it. I might have to
    We did stem cell therapy on Nitschke for his arthritis, bad knee (replaced ACL and a knee cap that did not stay in place) and bad hips. We had it done on March 8th 2011 and within 12 weeks after the surgery he was taking stairs and running/jumping like a puppy - we were so happy to see him so full of life and energized.

    The procedure is two steps..and the costs was about $2500-- first they harvest fat cells from the belly area and send the to the Vet-stem lab for processing. Then the second procedure is when the cells are injected into the necessary areas of the body and they MUST be injected within 48 hours of being processed. Both procedures required sedation.. first is because the tummy is cut out and the second is to ensure the dog does not move as the injection is placed right in the joint (OUCH!). Nitschke had both knees, hips and we also did intervinous (sp?) to try and help with allergies (not tested, but we thought it would not hurt). Whether the pup stays at the hospital for the three days is up to you, but we opted to bring Nitschke home... Also, after the injections and he was home you have to do physical therapy for about 4 weeks.

    We HIGHLY recommend it and wished it was available sooner as we would have done it for him. We still have yet to do Banks, but we will be after we get settled in the new house later this year.

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    Thanks @2BullyMama do u know if they can do the surgery if it's torn ligaments? That's my worry. I've never been to this vet but have heard wonderful things about him. When I called the lady was very nice and helpful. Was it 2500 for both knees or what? On the vets website it says 1500 for small to 3000 for equine. Would they do both knees at the same time?
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    The stem cell sounds really promising. Hope everything works out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lexterwayne View Post
    Thanks @2BullyMama do u know if they can do the surgery if it's torn ligaments? That's my worry. I've never been to this vet but have heard wonderful things about him. When I called the lady was very nice and helpful. Was it 2500 for both knees or what? On the vets website it says 1500 for small to 3000 for equine. Would they do both knees at the same time?
    The first procedure is the surgery - the second where the cells are injected, is just sedation. Yes, we did both knees and both hips at the same time and the total costs was $2500 and the lab also stores the cells for 1 year free in case you need them again; at that time you have the choice to continue storing for a small fee ... like 20 bucks a year or something like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    The first procedure is the surgery - the second where the cells are injected, is just sedation. Yes, we did both knees and both hips at the same time and the total costs was $2500 and the lab also stores the cells for 1 year free in case you need them again; at that time you have the choice to continue storing for a small fee ... like 20 bucks a year or something like that.
    Wow that's not bad at all for all 4 done!! I was thinking it was gonna be 1500 for a knee! Man I can't wait till sat, Jeff told me just to go and not worry bout missing a game since it's a tourney weekend. Im excited but don't wanna get my hopes up ya know!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lexterwayne View Post
    Wow that's not bad at all for all 4 done!! I was thinking it was gonna be 1500 for a knee! Man I can't wait till sat, Jeff told me just to go and not worry bout missing a game since it's a tourney weekend. Im excited but don't wanna get my hopes up ya know!
    I so hope this is an option for you!

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    I am to 10:15 can't get here soon enough!!!
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    Fingers crossed this is an option for lex. Will be waiting to hear from you!

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    We are in the room now. They have a poster w a boxer on it he keeps barking at lol
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    Looking forward to hearing what your options are!

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    Good news I hope!
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    Ok so he felt his knees and i had a picture of his hips on on my phone which of course i showed him. His hips are completely gone and his knees are both completely torn he explained the stem cell procedure to me which they take brown fat which the only place u can get it is behind the shoulder and belly. Then they spin the fat to separate the fat from the cell. When he gets it back they will take a blood from the dog and mix the stem cell w the blood to get the stem cell activated then they implant into where ever needed. He said if we did do anything he would do his hips first then since we already have the stem cell that he would go ahead and implant some in knees. It wont fix anything but might give him some relief in the knees.
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