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Stem-cell treatment for animal arthritis

For animals with rheumatoid arthritis, stem cell treatment offers an expensive but, for some, a very helpful solution, according to MSNBC News.

"Really, all we're doing is harnessing the existing repair machinery in the body, concentrating it, and putting it right where an injury occurs, where healing is needed, to heal naturally," Dr. Bob Harman, founder of Vet-Stem, told the news source.

Recent research published in the American Journal of Veterinary Research, as well as in Veterinary Therapeutics, have found positive results for using stem cells to treat animal lameness as well as tendinitis in horses.

At $2,500 to $3,000 per procedure, these are not inexpensive solutions. However, according to Dr. Charles Fischman, an immunologist, animal lovers will sometimes spend more on their pets than on themselves.

About 77.5 million dogs are household pets in the U.S., with 25 percent of dog owners having more than one canine at home, according to the Humane Society. One way that people can help with overpopulation of animals is to have their pets spayed or neutered.
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