Info on the Pet Health Session from Sunday

From: Cheri C.
Sent on: Thursday, March 6, 2014 11:51 AM

Happy Thursday! The weekend is getting closer! (As is our March Meet-up this Sat (3/8), 12-2 pm at Good Karma!)

Here's a little funny to get you through til the weekend...


I promised that I would send out an email with some info about Laser Therapy, Acupuncture and Stem Cell Regenerative Therapy. Of course, the presentation by Dr Ramm and Dr Kyle from Rockbrook Animal Clinic was much more in depth, but I wanted to give you an idea what each treatment does and what it can be used for.  This way, you know if it's a viable treatment to an issue your pet might be experiencing.

Laser Therapy:

The light energy from a laser reduces inflammation and increases the flow of blood the affected area of the dog's body, which encourages healing. It also enhances their body’s immune system, and causes the release of endorphins which help to relieve the animal's pain.  There are virtually no side effects to Laser treatments.

The most common uses currently:

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Trauma of the skin, muscles and bone
  • Wounds
  • Surgery (esp: Incisions, Growth Removals, Bone Surgery)
  • Inflammatory Conditions such as:
  • Ear infections and other ear problems
  • Anal Gland inflammation
  • Mouth issues such as Gingivitis
  • Hot Spots
  • Lick Granulomas
  • Bladder Inflammation
  • Sinusitis, Rhinitis (Allergies) and other Nasal problems

(Basically Laser works great to reduce ANY inflammation and promote healing to any injured area.)



Acupuncture enhances blood circulation, nervous system stimulation, and the release of anti-inflammatory and pain relieving hormones.  The needles induce the release of endorphins which control pain by causing blood vessels to dilate.  This increases oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to flow around joints and muscles.  There are virtually no side effects to Acupuncture.

Common uses for acupuncture in dogs and cats:

  • Arthritis and sore joints
  • Muscle spasms or weakness
  • Digestive problems (including diarrhea, constipation, and vomiting)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Paralysis
  • Respiratory problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Weakened immune system
  • AND IVDD, slipped and ruptured discs and back injuries for our long little doggies!

Quite a few of the DA members have first hand experience as they have taken their dogs for a combo of acupuncture, laser therapy and steroid treatments for their back issues. (Crate rest at home.)  Dogs that were in severe pain, were feeling better after just a few treatments.  Dogs that were completely down and unable to walk or stand on their back legs were up and walking in a few months.

These treatments are an incredible resource for us dachshund owners.  We no longer have to feel pressured by an emergency vet telling us we HAVE to have surgery at 2 am on a Sunday night or....

There ARE other options for our dogs out there!  You may want to shop around ahead of time and find out what vets offer laser treatment and/or acupuncture--just in case something does happen, you have a plan in place.  (I know Rockbrook and 5 Elements do both.  American Animal Hospital does Laser.  I'm afraid I don't know about the other vets, but feel free to share if you do!)


Stem Cell Regenerative Therapy:

This field is going to really change medicine in animals and humans.  I know it has been the topic of great debate due to fetal stem cell research, but this particular therapy uses adult stem cells right from the patient's own body.  Since they are the patient's own stem cells, the body won't reject them, they won't cause side effects, and they will promote healing for whatever issue the patient is being treated for.

Stem cell therapy doesn't treat the symptoms, like the pain of a torn ligament, it actually treats the torn ligament and promotes regrowth and repair of that ligament.  So you aren't treating the symptoms, but repairing the issue to begin with.

Stem cells are your pet’s own repair cells.  We all have these blank cells in our body that help us grow when we are young.  They become whatever they need to be as our bodies are growing (like muscle, bone, ligaments, etc.)  However, when we get older and stop growing, we no longer use them, so they become inactive--but they are still there.

With this procedure, veterinarians are able to isolate stem cells from your pet’s fat tissue. They then activate the cells and re-inject them into the needed areas. The stem cells then become whatever needs repairing, like ligaments, tendons, cartilage, etc.

Stem cell therapy may also help patients with other conditions such as kidney disease, severe allergies, liver disease, heart disease and back or nerve injuries.

In the little video clip we watched, the patients saw definitive results in about 30 days.  Dogs that could no longer climb stairs or who could hardly walk due to arthritis pain were prancing, jumping and running around like they were young pups!  Just amazing.

Current uses:

  • Arthritis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Joint/Cartilage Damage
  • Ligament Damage
  • Tendon Damage
  • Fractured Bones

It is being researched in what is called "compassionate use" which includes conditions such as:

  • Liver and kidney failure
  • Heart disease (including murmurs, and congestive heart failure)
  • Auto-immune diseases
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Allergies

Dr Ramm at Rockbrook is the only vet in our area that is doing Stem Cell Therapy at this time.  I won't lie, it's not cheap.  But compared to the option of some surgeries, it's comparable, or even less expensive.

If you have any more questions about any of the treatments or if they might be right for your pet, please feel free to contact Rockbrook Animal Clinic.  They would be more than happy to answer any of your questions!

Rockbrook Animal Clinic:

2814 S 107th Ave, Omaha




I will say, that after going to this event, I will be asking my own human doctor about the availability of Stem Cell Therapy (and if insurance covers it!)  It really sounds like an amazing treatment option!

Hope to see you on Saturday.  Dusty and Georgie are ready to give lots of leprechaun kisses!!!



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