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New stem cell therapy for pets making life better for some dogs

7:24 PM, Dec 10, 2012   |    comments
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A new type of stem cell therapy is benefiting some four-legged friends in East Tennessee.

So far, Village Veterinary Medical Center in Knoxville has operated on three pet patients.

In this procedure, vets harvest stem cells from the fat of the animal that needs the therapy.

Once the cells are processed, they're injected back in to the animal.

Right now, this therapy is used for animals with arthritic or orthopedic injuries.

Dr. Kristi Lively, who has performed the surgery, says the stem cells target the pain and inflammation.

One pup who's had the treatment is Kale, a golden retriever.  His owner says he's made good progress post-surgery.

The cost runs between $1,900 and $2,200 dollars.

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