|Duke is a 10-year old Redbone Coonhound. He
has had shoulder problems since he was a
puppy, and hip problems for 3 years. He's a very
sweet boy, and he's been taking lots of
medications to keep him comfortable and active.
He gets injections of joint supplements, synthetic
opioids, and anti-inflammatories on a fairly
regular basis. Duke's owner is Kelley, who has
been a staff member at SMVC for many years.
Kelley reports that Duke has a lot of weakness
and shaking in his back legs.
Duke had a stem-cell procedure on Friday,
October 8th, 2010. Kelley was his stem-cell
technician, and learned the procedure from
beginning to end!
We expect Duke to see some initial
anti-inflammatory effects within 3-5 days, and full
benefit should be realized in 20-60 days.
We'll be updating Duke's status, so please stay
tuned! And if you have any questions (or think
your pet could benefit), please give us a call!
|Duke & Daisy
|October 17, 2010
Kelley has been out of town, but right away when she returned, she
noticed Duke moving around better. He normally follows the carpets
and couches to navigate through the house, but now he moves
around confidently on the tile!
|Notes from Kelley:
Week two -- Duke has been off anti-inflammatories for a week and
even with the colder (for AZ) weather and rain, he has been doing
great and showing no signs that he is in pain! One unexpected
bonus; his appetite is back--he actually begged at the kitchen table
this week! :) going to have to (happily) re-train him!
Week three -- No pain meds for two weeks and doing great! He has
been jumping up to grab bones/treats! Best of all, we moved the dog
bowls back into the kitchen-where he stopped eating because of the
tile--and is eating just fine with no issues!! :) so happy!!!
|November 8, 2010
Duke had his 30-day recheck, and seems to be doing
great! He walked around the clinic on the tile floors
without slipping, and gets up much more easily.
|November 21, 2010
Kelley came home the other day to find Duke limping on his shoulder again. It turns
out that her husband saw Duke initiating play with Daisy and a rope toy, something
he hasn't done in a long time! So he has been getting lots more activity, but does
limp occasionally, when he plays too much!
|August 14, 2011
After 10 months, Duke is starting to lose confidence on the tile floors again, and is taking
anti-inflammatory medications more often.