Columbia, SC (WLTX) –What if your pet couldn’t walk anymore? One Midlands vet is using stem cell therapy to help.
For Beth Phibbs it’s almost like a turning back of the hands of time.
“I call her my little miracle dog, because she’s doing things she used to do,” said Phibbs. “Now she’s not on any medication, and she can go up and down the steps and she runs and jumps and things that she used to do when she was five.”
Phibbs has spent the last 13 years loving and looking after her pet dog Maggie, and when she pet began to develop arthritis and a limp she had to take action. But when the first treatments stopped working, Phibbs and Maggie had to look to another options, dog stem cell therapy.
“I had no idea that animals were able to have they type of procedures,” she said.
Dr. Kenneth Banks a veterinarian with the Bank Animal Hospital, performed the surgery for Maggie using her own stem cells in the one day procedure.
Banks said the stem cell therapy not only cost less than some other options, but was less invasive and had a quicker recovery time as well.
Still with about three similar procedures under his belt, even he didn’t expect to see a such change in maggie just 40 days after the surgery.
“I wasn’t sure we were gonna get the results this fast, we were expecting results, maybe not a good as she’s done. We’re real happy with her results,” said Banks.
Now, after three years on medication and walking with a limp, Maggie’s getting used to a new way of life — one with out pain in her golden years.