“CBK Mojo” Hickman is a nationally ranked herding dog with degenerative joint disease (arthritis) in one of her knees. At eight years of age, her lameness was obvious even following minimal activity. Surgery had been recommended to clean out the bone spurs from her joint surface and to stabilize the joint; but her trainer Bob Hickman couldn’t risk losing her prime years to surgical recovery – estimated at 12 to 18 months. Stem cell therapy was successfully performed at Lien Animal Clinic in December of 2012.
“I met Bob at the Vashon Sheep Dog Trials last year at our clinic’s booth. Mojo had had some previous laser therapy on her knee and was using NSAIDS and pain medication. He and I discussed stem cell therapy and acupuncture, among other things, and Bob came up from south of Olympia for an evaluation at the clinic” recounts Dr. Timothy Kraabel.
She went through 6-8 weeks of rest and return to activity and followed the prescribed physical therapy recommendations. She is now regularly competing in trials, sometimes doing several each week and has been coursing on long courses and hilly courses and is not being restricted from activity at all. Bob could not be more pleased with the outcome. “In her daily life, she's clearly happy, plays with toys again and runs all out with the other dogs…..she's like a new dog!” exclaims Bob.
Mojo is the clinic’s fifth stem cell case. One case did not respond (Dr. Kraabel’s own dog “Jack” who had many other health issues). Three dogs have responded well and the fifth was done recently and it is too soon to know.
Ask one of our veterinarians today if stem cell therapy may be an option for your dog.