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Seeking a pain-free life

Seeking a pain-free life
Enshalla and her “mom,” Penny Caschera of La Vernia, are welcomed by the staff of the Sayers Animal Hospital May 8. Led by Dr. Claudia Whippo, the team performing the new therapy on Enshalla also included Mary Kay White, Evelyn La Fredo, and MediVet Texas managing partner Phillip Harris.

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Pascalle Bippert
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June 6, 2012
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Stem cell therapy helps animals

with mobility issues

ADKINS -- Enshalla is an 8-year-old Labrador. She has a sweet disposition, but you can see pain in her eyes. She has had a tough life. She has been suffering from severe hip dysplasia and has no hip sockets. She’s had multiple surgeries, but limps badly and takes pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs.

Enshalla’s mom, Penny Caschera of La Vernia, has great hopes for a new procedure to bring Enshalla some much-needed relief. The new treatment, animal stem cell regenerative therapy, is an advanced, patented technology that activates millions of dormant cells present in fat tissue.

Enshalla and Caschera are greeted May 8 by the crew of Sayers Animal Hospital in Adkins and Enshalla is bathed in preparation for her big day, which will include surgery, stem cell regenerative therapy, and lots of hugs and encouragement.

Enshalla seemed very calm as she was lifted onto the operating table. She seemed to know that these folks, including Dr. Claudia Whippo, Mary Kay White, and Evelyn LaFredo, were there for her. Jean Kiolbassa at the front desk made sure the calendar was clear the morning of the surgery, so all attention could be given to Enshalla. This is the third stem cell regenerative procedure the Sayers Animal Hospital has performed.

Phillip Harris, managing partner of MediVet Texas, was on hand to make sure everything ran smoothly and all troubleshooting needs were met. MediVet Texas provides advanced stem cell technology training, equipment, and supplies to veterinarians across Texas.

About the therapy

To date, hundreds of stem cell regenerative procedures have been performed in Texas and thousands throughout the United States. Dogs, cats, horses, and even a goat have been recipients of the procedure. Videos of the animals’ before and after progress can be viewed online; go to YouTube under Medivet, channel.

The drug-free treatment has been developed by Kentucky-based MediVet America for dogs, cats, horses, and other animals suffering from osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, ligament and cartilage injuries, and other degenerative diseases. Within about two months of undergoing the procedure, most animals that have been in severe pain with a restricted range of motion are able to walk, run, and jump again; most importantly, they are pain-free.

MediVet America’s therapy is done entirely in-clinic, saving time and money. Pet owners take their pets home the same day. The new technology has shown to be extremely cost-effective when compared to traditional management of arthritis using drugs or surgery, and carries none of the side effects associated with traditional medicine, according to information provided by Bob De Witt with Roberts Communications. The procedure costs about $1,800 for dogs and cats, and around $2,400 for horses.

The key to MediVet America’s adipose stem cell procedure is an advanced, patented, L.E.D. technology that activates millions of dormant stem cells present in fat tissue.

For more information, visit or Facebook at Medivet Texas.

Healing harvest

Enshalla’s ribcage was shaved, cleansed, and sterilized. A small incision was made and Whippo began harvesting fat from the area. White drew several vials of blood, which were put into the centrifuge and separated into much-needed platelet-enriched plasma.

Some of the harvested fat was reduced to a smoother texture. Patented enzymes and sterile water were added to the fat, and the vial went into warm water, 37 degrees Celsius, to be melted down over 2-1/2 hours into a slurry resembling strawberry yogurt. The mixture was filtered into another sterile container and the platelet-rich plasma mixture was added; this then went back into the centrifuge. Following further filtering, the final product went into a light-filled tube chamber to undergo the metamorphosis that changes dormant fat cells into healing cells to be injected.

Whippo prepared eight syringes with the prepared product, one for each joint in Enshalla’s body. Hip, elbow, and knee joints were injected with the serum, each followed by antibiotic to minimize the risk of infection.

The benefit of using the dog’s own fat cells means that her body is less likely to reject the cells. Stem cell regenerative therapy does not involve embryos or any other animal byproduct. The mixture left over from Enshalla’s procedure was injected into an intravenous solution so the benefits of those cells would course through Enshalla’s bloodstream.

She will undergo weekly follow-up appointments to track her recovery and video the progression of her mobility. The procedure repairs the damage done to bone and tissue, instead of masking the pain, as some medications do. Immediate benefits may be seen such as changes in the animal’s temperament; they become happier because they are not in pain.

Further research currently is being conducted to investigate the beneficial effects of stem cells on diabetes, liver and kidney failure, and other diseases.

Within a week, Caschera said Enshalla was no longer on the pain medicines she’d taken daily for at least a year. By May 23, Enshalla was “... continuously improving, sitting much better, and seemingly more comfortably,” Caschera said. Her front limp was much improved and her incontinence appeared to have gone away.

The Sayers Animal Hospital is happy to discuss the potential benefits of this procedure for pets. Call them at 210-649-1581.

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