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Former Military Dog to Get Stem Cells to Help Heal Hip

Associated Press

February 14, 2011

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – A former Oregon military dog that did two tours of duty sniffing out bombs in Iraq is going to receive stem cell therapy to treat osteoarthritis in his hips.

The Mail Tribune reports the 80-pound German shepherd named Basco was adopted in November by Debbie Richter in Medford after he was discharged by the military.

Hip problems such as arthritis can lead to early death for larger dogs, and surgery options such as hip replacement have a limited chance of success for an older dog like Basco, who is 7.

While researching alternatives, Richter says she found MediVet-America, which offers a stem cell treatment for joint problems in dogs and horses using the animal’s own stem cells to regenerate damaged tissue.

An Oregon State University veterinarian will perform the procedure.

(Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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    curedgirls

    over 3 years ago

    3624 Comments

    Woo Hoo chalk one up for the good guys - way to go MediVet and the owner for researching a viable treatment! Best of luck!

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    OUTSTANDING, HOPE ALL GOES WELL FOR K-9/AND HANDLER

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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    Prayers for succeful operations. Prayers to your handler, stay tough.

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    Rscheiterle

    over 3 years ago

    1822 Comments

    I pray that the treatment works and that Basco has a full healthy life. He has earned it!

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