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Chronic pain, either from accidents or from old age, is one of the most common reasons dogs are euthanized.
However, one experimental treatment is now giving dogs new hope.
An innovative pain therapy is leaving no dog behind. It’s a promising step toward relief for dogs living with chronic pain.
Like most moms, Taryn Sargent loves her boy, Shane.
Taryn Sargent says, ”we’re just … a part of each other’s world.”
A car accident twenty years ago left Taryn with a brain injury and seizures she’ll probably never recover from. For the last decade, Shane has been by her side.
She continues, “the comfort that I get from Shane is just …”
Eight years ago, Shane was in a car accident too.”
Taryn says, “instead of taking him for a 10-minute walk to go to the bathroom, he could go for five minutes and then I’d be carrying him home.”
Desperate for help, Taryn found Rob Landry who was sick of putting dogs down because of pain.
Rob Landry is a DVM, Veterinary Pain Specialist at the Colorado Center for Animal Pain Management.
He says, ” they don’t complain, they don’t necessarily vocalize it. They socially become recluse. They hide. They sleep. They don’t get involved.”
Landry teamed up with Neuroscientist, Linda Watkins, who developed an experimental gene therapy that revs up the production of interleukin-ten.”
Linda Watkins, Ph.D., Neuroscientist, at the University Of Colorado at Boulder says, “so the dog cells become the factories that make the therapeutic. They’re releasing this anti-inflammatory cytokine.”
It’s a one-time injection into the joint.
Linda Watkins continues, “after treatment, they get their doghood back. And it is so amazing to see.”
Shane was treated two years ago.
Rob Laundry says, “we want them to live their lives, not just exist and this kid’s living his life now like there’s no doubt to me.”
Shane’s actions speak louder than his bark.
Taryn Sargent says, “he went from being a 12 or 13-year-old dog to being a 2-year-old. “
Taryn went from having up to 18 seizures a month to less than five.
Landry and Watkins are currently recruiting dogs to be part of this promising research.
It has not been FDA approved yet, but every dog has improved so far and there have been no negative side effects.