Over 78 million dogs are owned in the United States. Unfortunately over 19.5 million of them will suffer from at least one orthopedic condition during their life. These conditions hamper pets and owners causing great physical and emotional pain. Current treatment options are limited and can be costly, inconvenient and poorly tolerated. Animal Cell Therapies, Inc. will deliver innovative veterinary diagnostics and cell-based therapies focused on healing pets and improving their life.
What are the most common orthopedic conditions in dogs?
The most common orthopedic condition in dogs is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a disease characterized by the deterioration of cartilage in the joints. As cartilage disappears, normal joint movement is affected, and chronic inflammation of the tissues surrounding the joint can result. It is a progressive disease that causes stiffness, limited range of motion and intermittent or chronic pain. It can be caused by aging, heredity, and injury from trauma or disease. Other orthopedic conditions that are common among dogs are hip dysplasia, cruciate ligament tears, elbow dysplasia and disc disease.
Current treatment options for canine orthopedic conditions
Depending on the age of the dog, orthopedic condition, weight and stage of disease or injury, treatment options can vary. For hip dysplasia it can involve lifetime anti-inflammatory medications to an invasive joint replacement procedure. From $3 a day for medication to $2,000 to $3,000 for surgery, both options are expensive. If surgery is required it can be quite invasive while requiring extensive rehab. Whether you select daily medication or surgery neither can provide guaranteed results.
Like humans, dogs can suffer from soft tissue injuries (tendon, cartilage, ligament, etc.). For example, a cruciate ligament rupture requires an invasive surgical procedure that can cost as much as $3,000. With a high percentage of dogs rupturing their contralateral cruciate ligament, most dogs will have to go through this painful procedure again within a year.
Whether your dog suffers from hip dysplasia, a cruciate ligament tear, or osteoarthritis the treatment options currently available come with uncertain results. Animal Cell Therapies, Inc. is developing technology to help address the current inadequacies of existing canine orthopedic treatment options by developing clinically proven protocols supported by industry and academic leaders.
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