Sunday, April 23, 2017

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Louie

Louie is a 13 year old Australian Shepherd mix.  We first got the chance to meet Louie and his person in early March.  At the time, Louie had a significant limp on his left rear leg.  He has moderate to severe arthritis in his left knee and both hips.  He also has mild arthritis in his right elbow.Louie 2

Louie was treated with stem cells in his left knee, both hips, and his right elbow.  Days after his procedure, Louie had a problem that left him with some neurologic problems.  However, his range of motion in his joints has improved and he does not mind having his joints flexed and extended nearly as much as his first visit.

Although Louie has had other struggles since his procedure, his person would still recommend stem cell therapy to other interested owners:

“It’s true. Louie has had a run of bad luck in the last month or two.  Of course, in my mind it’s linked to the stem cell procedure, because that came first, but there isn’t really any way to know if there was any connection at all.  The other stuff may have been in the cards for my little old man regardless.  That being said, I would still recommend the procedure to others for a few simple reasons.  1. The outcome is no reflection on my intentions for Louie, which were and remain to do what I can to improve his quality of life, and therefore my own.  2. It’s a new procedure, but it’s getting great results in general and I choose to believe in forward looking medicine.  3. Last but not least, the team at Olathe Animal Hospital has been great to me and Louie.  In particular, Dr. Peuser has gone above and beyond the call of duty to nurture us through all of this, even and especially the post procedure complications.  I couldn’t have asked for better support.”

Update: Louie passed away in June after a spinal tumor was discovered.  We wish Louie’s family all the best.

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