Morrow is a 12 year old Cardigan Corgi. She was an active and athletic dog, but in recent years has become stiff and suffers from painful arthritis in her hips and back. Two years ago she was started on a daily dose of Metacam to control her pain. This has helped with the pain, but she remained stiff. She stopped doing many of the things she always loves to do, including bouncing around and jumping in the air to catch a ball.
Painful osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease (DJD)
Within a day after VIVR8 injection, she was sitting in her famous “Prairie Dog” stance, something she hasn’t done in two years. In the next few days, she started to jump up on the couch on her own, bounce around barking at owner. After second injection, the foggy cast in her eyes began to clear up and then disappeared. Now she herds her soccer ball around and can easily pass as a 6-7 year old.
Significant improvement. The causes for osteoarthritis and the severity of the condition run a wide spectrum. VIVR8 is a great option when NSAIDs or other traditional approaches can no longer provide the relief. Morrow responded positively because once stem cells were mobilized into the vasculature by VIVR8 subcutaneous injection, local inflammation (indicated by the pain relief from Metacam, an NSAID) acts as signals to attract stem cells to the injured area.