Oklahoma Veterinarian Offering Stem Cell Therapy For Aging Pets

Posted: July 24, 2013 at 3:44 pm

TULSA, Oklahoma -

A controversial therapy that's not available for humans is being used on their pets. Stem cells are helping dogs and cats heal faster and get rid of pain as the animals get older.

Mandy Clinton loves her dog and she'd do just about anything for her.

"I've had her for 14 years. She's my homegirl," Clinton said about Libbi.

But Libbi has come up with a hitch in her giddy up. She tripped while walking up the stairs and tore her ACL.

Clinton was looking into surgery when she learned about stem cell therapy and its ability to help dogs heal faster and reduce pain.

"I had no idea. I had no idea. It blew my mind, but I've had Libbi for 14 years, and so I was ready to do it if it was possible," she said.

Dr. Joe Landers at Heritage Veterinary Hospital will be performing Libbi's surgery on Wednesday.

They'll harvest stem cells from Libbi's stomach, process and stimulate them, then implant the stem cells on her leg joint.

"If you've ever cut your skin, deeply with a knife or something, you've had stem cell repair," said Dr. Joe Landers, DVM.

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Oklahoma Veterinarian Offering Stem Cell Therapy For Aging Pets

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