Service dog receives first stem-cell treatment at new clinic

By all preliminary accounts, the first stem-cell therapy treatment done on a canine in Nicholasville is a complete success.

The 8-year-old golden Labrador and service dog, Booster, had been showing signs of hip dysplasia and became the first to undergo the revolutionary new stem-cell therapy in the recently completed animal clinic of MediVet America located off U.S. 27 and Moore Drive.

Booster travels all over the world with owner Davis Hawn to teach others about the healing power of dogs, Hawn said.

As Booster got older, Hawn noticed the dogs hips were hurting more as Booster showed pain just trying to sit down and began to have difficulty jumping into the truck.

This prompted Hawn to look into methods of protecting and helping his best friend. He did not want Booster to suffer through the long and painful process of a hip replacement, and this is when he heard about the regenerative benefits of stem-cell therapy and the work MediVet was conducting.

It just so happened to work out that the pair would be in Cincinnati last week, coinciding with the opening of the new Nicholasville clinic at MediVet by Joseph G. Yocum, D.V.M., who specializes in large-animal vet research.

MediVet America is one of the leading developers of animal stem-cell regenerative therapy for pets suffering from osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, ligament and cartilage injuries, and similar ailments.

MediVet had been in contact with Hawn and knew the story behind his relationship with the life-saving service dog.

The company then worked with Hawn and decided to conduct the inaugural stem-cell treatment completely free of charge as a way to celebrate the clinics opening while preserving Boosters quality of life.

Until about 2008, small animals suffering like Booster had only painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications to help with pain relief which are harmful to the liver and may offer only minor relief.

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