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Stem Cell Use – In Photos!

Removing the stem cells.



Today, Dr. Adam Parson harvested adipose tissue from two dogs, which was then spun down, cut, mixed and separated.  Upon completion, the extracted stem cells were injected into the affected joints of each dog.

Stem cells can be used to help ease the discomfort from Osteoarthritis, Tendon/Ligament Damage or a Broken Bone.  Stay tuned for updates on each dog, but for now, enjoy some photos from the procedures today!

Harvesting the adipose tissue.



Nearly 20% of all dogs in the U.S. suffer from canine arthritis.  This disease develops gradually over time, and can cause your dog pain and prevent him from performing the simplest of tasks, like climbing the stairs or walking.

An X-ray image shows a healthy hip in contrast to an arthritic hip.

Canine arthritis occurs in your dog’s joints.  A healthy joint consists of cartilage that covers and protects the ends of the bones in a joint.  The cartilage has no nerves; when it touches the cartilage of another bone, the dog feels no pain.

However, arthritis causes the cartilage to wear away.  This exposes the bone, which has many nerves.  So when two bones touch each other, your dog feels pain.  This pain can greatly affect your dog’s quality of life.

When bones continually rub against each other, they will eventually change shape.  The bone reshaping can make it difficult – or sometimes impossible – for your dog to walk or move naturally.  Arthritis can be managed much more successfully when it is diagnosed and treated early in the process.

Signs of Canine Arthritis

– Sluggishness
– Tiredness
– Low Activity
– Reluctance to walking, running, climbing stairs, jumping, or playing
– Lagging behind on walks
– Reluctance to extend rear legs
– Soreness
– Aggressive or withdrawn behavior
– Other personality or behavioral changes.


Are you concerned that your pet might have arthritis?  Take a minute and ask yourself the following questions:

The Arthritis Checklist

1.  Does your dog hesitate before jumping onto the bed or couch, or have difficulty getting in or out of the car?
2.  Does your dog seem to be lagging behind during walks? 
3.  Does your dog hesitate to go up and down stairs?
4.  Does your dog sometimes seem stiff or shaky when rising or walking?
5.  Does your dog show signs of discomfort?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, it’s time to make an appointment and have an examination performed on your dog.  In addition to an exam, the doctor may consider taking a X-ray of the specified joint to determine the severity of the arthritis.


My dog has arthritis.  What are my options?

There are a few things you can do at home to help alleviate the pain of arthritis, such as low-impact exercise, decreasing the amount of food and treats given in hopes of dropping a few pounds, and using portable ramps for getting in and out of cars or onto the bed.

The introduction of pain relievers (Tramadol) and anti-inflammatory drugs (Rimadyl, Deramaxx) are also an option.  In addition to oral medications, the injectable drug Adequan has been shown to prevent the further deterioration of cartilage in joints.  And it’s never too early to think about supplements: Glucosamine and Chondroitin can be found in several forms including pills, treats and chews.   As always, see your vet before starting any medication regimen, as some of the medications listed require regular bloodwork.

If you are concerned that your dog may be experiencing symptoms of arthritis, please call to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.  The sooner we can treat the problem, the more comfortable your dog will be.

And to our feline patients, we haven’t forgot about you!  Arthritis can affect our feline friends as well.  Is your cat a bit older?  Maybe you’ve noticed him having difficulty getting in and out of the litter box (or even having accidents in the house) or hopping onto his favorite spot?  If so, we want to see them, too!

A clear sign your cat has arthritis.


To Schedule an Appointment, Please call:
Northstar Animal Care  (614) 488-4121
Upper Arlington Veterinary Hospital  (614) 481-8014

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Advance Stem Cell Technologies

We’ve all heard about stem cell research in the news, but did you know that the stem cell therapy can be used in our animal friends?   Dr. Adam Parson has used this technology in our clinic on a chocolate Labrador to help with the pain and discomfort of arthritis.  While this is not an inexpensive endeavor, the owner was wanting to do all she could, and reported that her dog was jogging around the back yard shortly after the procedure! 


What is stem cell therapy?
Stem cells are the body’s repair cells.  They have the ability to divide and differentiate into many different types of cells based on where they are needed throughout the body.  Stem cells can divide and turn into tissues such as skin, fat, muscle, bone, cartilage, and nerve to name a few.  They even possess the ability to replicate into organs such as the heart, liver, intestines, pancreas, etc.

Why do we take the cells from adipose (fat) tissue?
Adult stem cells are highly concentrated in the fat tissue.  There are 50 to 1,000 times more stem cells in the fat than the bone marrow.  At this concentration, it is no longer necessary to culture the stem cells to acquire the necessary cell numbers to make a healing impact.  The procedure to extract fat from the patient is much quicker and less invasive than a spay.  The stem cells are contained within a pool of cells in the fat termed the Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF).  The SVF may impart anti-inflammatory effects, add bioactive peptides, and contribute to reformation and architectural organization.  These are benefits lost once stem cells are cultured. 

What can we do with the stem cells?
Adult stem cells are capable of dividing into many different cell types.  With this capability, we can use them as a treatment for joint injuries, ligament and tendon damage, and fractured bones.  Research and clinical trials currently support the use of stem cells in these conditions.  Ongoing research is targeting other areas of the body for treatment and the preliminary results are very encouraging.


If you are interested in learning more about stem cell research, please visit the link below.  And as always, be sure to check out our Facebook pages!

On-Line Pet Pharmacies

We all like to save a few dollars when we can, but were you aware of some of the risks that can be associated with on-line pharmacies? The manufacturers of products such as Frontline, Advantage and Interceptor do not guarantee their product if purchased from an on-line pharmacy. Just a little food for thought next time you purchase your pets monthly preventatives. Our prices our now VERY competitive (if not cheaper) with that of 1-800-PetMeds and the like! We also have our own on-line ordering system — visit us at All of our products are backed the the manufacturer and at competitive prices!

Poinsettia Toxicity



Scientific Name:
Euphorbia pulcherrima
 Toxic to Dogs, Toxic to Cats
Toxic Principles:
Irritant Sap (latex)
Clinical Signs:
Irritating to the mouth and stomach, sometimes causing vomiting, but generally over-rated in toxicity.

Dental disease is more than just a cosmetic issue

Dental disease is more than just a cosmetic issue; bad breath and yellow teeth can be a sign of serious disease in our pets, which may affect their kidneys, livers and hearts. Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets, found in 80% of dogs and 70% of cats by age 3, according to the American Veterinary Dental Society. Schedule a dental cleaning for your pet today!