Vet undertakes stem cell surgery

Animal stem cell regenerative therapy is the newest service at the Animal Hospital of Tiffin.

"We are the official first site for the therapy in Ohio," said veterinarian Bob McClung.

The technology uses an adult animal's stem cells to heal itself.

Veterinarian Mike Brothers performed the surgery Monday on his dog, Tucker, a 2-year-old labrador retriever. It was the second surgery performed at the clinic.

Brothers said his dog's joint problems are hereditary and he's had problems since he was a puppy.

"What we've been able to do is slow down the arthritis," Brothers said. The cause of the degeneration will continue, but the fatty tissue removed from the dog can be used for future treatments.

From a piece of fatty tissue of the size removed from Tucker, McClung estimated $3.2 billion stem cells were harvested.

Each injection uses about 90 million cells, so there will be enough of the material for future treatments.

"We have basically 2 billion cells to bank," he said. "We use cryo-preservation."

In the freezing process, the cells are gradually cooled to prevent damage and stored in liquid nitrogen at temperatures of minus 80 to minus 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Vet undertakes stem cell surgery

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