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By Kim Ribbink, Studio One Networks Stem cell research often conjures images of political firestorms and futuristic science, yet it's a field that's already offering hope for humans and dogs alike.
While the ideal of fixing spinal injuries and curing disease may be a long way off, dogs treated with stem cells are enjoying a new lease on life.
Pepper, a year-old standard poodle, is a case in point. Conventional treatments hadn't worked, or had made their dog even sicker. In fact, Pepper's owners were so certain nothing could be done that they bought another puppy.
Now stem cells are providing an alternative. One California-based company, Vet-Stem, uses stem cells from dogs' own fat to treat animals in pain.
According to Julie Ryan Johnson, DVM, vice president of sales and marketing, studies have shown that fat is very rich with stem cells, making it an ideal source, and one that is nearly free from controversy, given that most of us don't mind having a bit of fat removed.
While it's not known exactly how they work, they do decrease the dog's pain level. Vulliet works with adult bone marrow stem cells to investigate potential cures for diseases that cause misery for many dogs.
Your dog may soon be able to get breakthrough treatment in the following areas: There has been a lot of excitement over umbilical cord blood banks -- centers that collect and store the blood from the placenta and umbilical cord after birth as a future source for blood stem cells -- but don't expect that to translate to the dog world anytime soon.
Taking the Plunge If you are going to consider stem cell therapy for your dog, it pays to think ahead. You'll also want to think about the risks involved in putting your dog through stem cell therapy.
Vulliet says putting safety first is the primary concern. After it was found that injecting stem cells into the coronary arteries of university-owned dogs created mini heart attacks, the procedures were stopped until the technique had been improved.
Gaynor, there are three things to consider. The first is the same as any operation -- the general risks associated with anesthesia needed to perform the procedure. The second is the risk posed by the surgery itself. The biggest health threat he has seen is fluid pockets forming at the site of the surgery, which is a relatively minor problem.
Finally, there are the stem cells themselves. Copyright c Studio One Networks. Kim Ribbink is a freelance writer and editor based in Perth, Australia, who specializes in health care and the life sciences, as well as pets.
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By combining the ability to exactly self-duplicate and the potential to differentiate themselves to constitute any organic tissue, embryonic stem cells have presented geneticists and medical researchers with a. Stem cell research has become one of the hottest scientific topics in the past few years.
By combining the ability to exactly self-duplicate and the potential to differentiate themselves to constitute any organic tissue, embryonic stem cells have presented geneticists and medical researchers with a.
The source of news and analysis of stem cell research since Nov 18, · Anita Bhattacharyya, a senior scientist in the Waisman Center, uses a microscope to look at a sample of stem-cell cultures during a tour of her research lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Aug.