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Wabash Valley Animal Hospital conducts stem cell trial, helps dogs with arthritis

The Wabash Valley Animal Hospital has been conducting a stem cell trial. All to help our furry friends in need.

Posted: Mar. 19, 2018 6:26 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The Wabash Valley Animal Hospital has been conducting a stem cell trial. All to help our furry friends in need.

Over the last year the hospital has given the free trial to many dogs.

It's a blind study and placebo trial.

"Two thirds of these animals do get stem cells. We know that percentage, so they have a better chance that the dog will get the stem cells," said Doctor Andy Pickering, Wabash Valley Animal Hospital.

Pet owners can bring in their dog and a full physical is completed.

If the dog is healthy, they're eligible to be a participant in the study.

Dogs receive injections of the trial in their joints, and they will either receive stem cells or a placebo.

One dog owner says he can tell the trial is helping his pup Mooska.

"Within a few days, he started acting better, and now he still is just going right up and down the steps like no problem at all," said William Joe Robinson, dog owner in the trial.

Mooska is 17 years old, and he's been well loved over the years, which is why Robinson wants to keep him around as long as possible.

"You know, it gives him to us a little longer. It puts off the inevitable that neither one of us want to think about, and we're really happy that his apparent pain seems to be less," said Robinson.

The Wabash Valley Animal Hospital is the only hospital in the state of Indiana offering the trial.

The study was supposed to end last October, but they have continued the study with successful stories.

"From what we've seen, it has really helped a lot of these dogs," said Pickering.

If you're thinking about helping your pup, Robinson says he has one piece of advice.

"Don't give up. I mean, you wouldn't give up on a family member. Don't give up on your dog that quick," said Robinson.

For more information, you can contact The Wabash Valley Animal Hospital at 812-299-2200

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