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Local clinic treats animals with stem cell therapy

A new technique involving stem cells is being used to treat animals.  (Source: WOIO) A new technique involving stem cells is being used to treat animals. (Source: WOIO)
AVON LAKE, OH (WOIO) - When Shannon Goulding's bloodhound Butler tore a ligament in his knee his entire personality changed. 

"He was sedentary, and he wasn't as active as before," said Goulding. 

Dr. Petti a veterinarian at the Avon Lake Animal Clinic told Goulding, who also works at the clinic, suggested that stem cell therapy could help. 

"Watching him walk he looked stiff and uncomfortable," said Petti.  

The therapy was successful. Goulding said after four weeks after the surgery she could see a change the way Butler moved. 

Stem cell therapy helps animals suffering from sore knees and joints by using their own fat cells. 

"You take them from the patient, you process them, make them active, and then you re inject them into the parts of the animal that are giving them problems," said Petti. 

Petti said Avon Lake Animal Clinic has helped about 15 animals with stem cell therapy and people from all over the country have been calling.

One injection of stem cells can last up to three years, and after that a second injection may be needed. 

Stem cell therapy is also an expensive procedure.  It ranges from $2,000-2,500, but for Goulding she says seeing Butler run free without pain is worth it. 

"It's so neat to see him enjoying life," said Goulding. 

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