One of the most heartbreaking things about your dog getting older is their steady loss of movement: especially when it’s caused by degenerative myelopathy. Anyone who’s ever witnessed their four-legged friend bumping into walls or not being able to run after a ball knows how sad this is.
Degenerative myelopathy (DM) is a spinal cord disorder that affects all breeds of dogs, but is most common in German Shepherds, Corgis, Boxers, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and poodles. It usually hits around the ages of 8-14 years, and affects both sexes. Sadly, DM is genetic, which means that a mutation in a certain gene is the biggest risk factor.
DM causes the degeneration of the ‘white matter’ of the spinal cord and peripheral nerves. This white matter is required to transmit movement commands from the brain to the limbs, and sensory information from the limbs to the brain. When it degenerates, this communication is lost, and the dog cannot move properly.
Although not a painful condition in itself, DM can result in compensatory movements due to the weak hind legs, which results in pain around the neck, shoulders and front limbs.
Currently, most dogs with DM deteriorate within just a few months to a year, and will eventually have to be euthanized.
What Can Be Done?
As hopeless as DM sounds, there is a solution! I’ve been treating dogs with this very condition for several years now, and there’s nothing that makes me happier than seeing a once-crippled dog returned to her natural, active self.
The answer lies in stem cell therapy.
Stem Cell Therapy is a breakthrough treatment that’s been changing the lives of many older dogs – and their owners. It’s been shown in several studies to slow the progression of this terrible neurological condition. In some cases, it can even reverse it..
Stem cell therapy is a fully in-house treatment. It involves using human umbilical cord stem cells, also known as HUC-DT. These stem cells come from donated umbilical cord blood from mothers.
When your dog arrives, he or she doesn’t require anesthesia of any kind. The stem cells are simply done via IV bag and it takes under 15 minutes to complete.
Why would you use human stem cells instead of canine?
You see, human stem cells have been found to generate similar responses in tissues that canine stem cells would. That means they can safely and naturally reduce inflammation in damaged joints and begin to regenerate new tissue.
Using HUC-DT, You can see real evidence of how it can restore a dog’s mobility and vitality within just a few weeks.
There is alot of hope for stem cell therapy in dogs being a solution for DM. If there is a way to slow down the progression of this terrible disease and dramatically reduce your best friend’s suffering, that’s something every dog owner wants.