Desperate pet owners turn to stem cell treatments

by Jared Dillingham

Posted on July 20, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Updated today at 10:41 AM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- An increasing number of pet owners are turning to stem cells to treat everything from arthritis to allergies.

"It was horrific to watch him unable to walk or wag his tail," Sarah Denning said of her then 6-year-old dog, Gary, who suffered from disc problems in his lower back. He was in constant pain.

Denning was about to have Gary euthanized, when her veterinarian, Dr. Tom Newland, at the Adobe Animal Hospital in Scottsdale, suggested they try a stem cell treatment.

Two weeks later, Gary showed signs of improvement. In another month, he was a new dog.

"He started running and playing with other dogs. That was beyond expectations," she said.

Dr. Newland is one of a handful of Valley veterinarians who uses stem cells to treat his four-legged patients.

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