Rare stem cell therapy for Montana animals - ABC FOX Montana Local News, Weather, Sports KTMF | KWYB

Rare stem cell therapy for Montana animals

Posted: Updated:
BUTTE -

A relatively new stem cell therapy procedure for animals is available for pet owners here in Montana. Highlands Veterinary Hospital in Butte is one of only a few in the state certified to do the procedure.

Stella, a Bulldog and Rowdy, a Rottweiler are two dogs who underwent the stem cell surgery on Thursday which has never before been performed in Butte. Cindi Costin, owner of Highlands Veterinary Hospital said, "I think that the doctors here the three of us are probably excited about this as probably we've ever done because of the hopes that it gives to dogs and cats that have arthritis whether they are young or old."

The unprecedented stem cell therapy procedure removes fat tissue from the animal's body.  "With our proprietary procedure we're able to pull these cells out of the tissue. We're effectively getting rid of tissue that the body really doesn't need,” said Trey Smith, senior lab technician at Medivet Biologics.

Both dogs suffer from hip and elbow dysplasia.  Stella's owner Seana Ralph-Puderbaugh said there are days when the pain is so bad, one-and-a-half-year-old Stella can hardly move. She said, "When I exercise her I mean at night and even the next day she is unable to walk and there's mornings when she can't even get up." 

This particular stem cell science has only been around for five years. It works to heal the animal’s ailments by using their own repair cells.  Costin said, "It is a way to actually treat the disorder by allowing stem cells to become cartilage instead of just treating the symptom of pain and inflammation." The entire stem cell therapy procedure including tissue removal and injections is performed in one day so there is no waiting on lab work.

Ralph-Puderbaugh said it’s been tough watching her companion dog Stella suffer from pain. She said, “She’s my best friend so I’m hopeful that this will help her.”

You can contact Highlands Veterinary Hospital in Butte at (406) 299-3700 for more information about this if you think your dog or cat may be a candidate who would benefit from stem cell therapy.

  • StatewideMore>>

  • State-funded preschool holds first graduation

    State-funded preschool holds first graduation

    Friday, May 25 2018 9:18 AM EDT2018-05-25 13:18:08 GMT

    Flathead Valley Community College held a graduation ceremony for the first cohort of students...

    Flathead Valley Community College held a graduation ceremony for the first cohort of students...

  • New concert and event center coming to Bozeman

    New concert and event center coming to Bozeman

    Thursday, May 24 2018 11:48 PM EDT2018-05-25 03:48:10 GMT

    A new 1,500 capacity concert venue and event center is soon coming to Bozeman. The venue will be owned and operated by Logjam Presents, which is the same company that operates concerts the Wilma and Top Hat Lounge in Missoula and the Kettlehouse Amphitheater in Bonner.

    A new 1,500 capacity concert venue and event center is soon coming to Bozeman. The venue will be owned and operated by Logjam Presents, which is the same company that operates concerts the Wilma and Top Hat Lounge in Missoula and the Kettlehouse Amphitheater in Bonner.

  • Fire completely destroys Corvallis home

    Thursday, May 24 2018 11:42 PM EDT2018-05-25 03:42:56 GMT

    A fire broke on in the Bitterroot Valley on Thursday, completely destroying one Corvallis home. Authorities responded to the home on Bailey Lane just after 5 p.m.

    A fire broke on in the Bitterroot Valley on Thursday, completely destroying one Corvallis home. Authorities responded to the home on Bailey Lane just after 5 p.m.

  • Most Popular

Powered by Frankly

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.