Intervertebral Disc Disease in Dogs
Anyone that has a Dachshund or other dog with Intervertebral Disc Disease or IVDD knows the high costs and risks involved with spinal surgery. To top it off, many times it does not work.
This procedure is for severe cases where conventional therapy has not been effective and could help improve the lives of many disabled pets.
Henry, the mini dachshund, had always enjoyed going for walks but suddenly lost the use of his legs due to Intervertebral Disc Disease about a year prior to the treatment. Cells were harvested from his nose and injected back into his spine after four weeks. Just a month later Henry took his first steps.
Henry’s procedure was done by Scientists at Cambridge Veterinary School. The procedure involves collecting cells from inside the back of the nose, these special cells are capable of supporting the growth of new nerve fibers. The cell are then increased, purified and placed back into the damaged region of the spinal core. After the procedure, dogs are given physiotherapy and monitored on a treadmill to determine how much movement returned to their legs.
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