Practice Updates

First dog on Oahu gets stem cell therapy

Friday, September 07, 2012 8:13:00 AM Categories: Ligament injuries orthopedic stem cell therapy Tendon injuries
Reported by: Manolo Morales
Email: mmorales@khon2.com

A 13-year-old dog who was barely able to walk is back on his paws thanks to stem cell therapy.

Before the treatment Kumba suffered from arthritis so bad he could barely get off the floor.

Two months later his owners say Kumba is like a new dog.

"Now he's up every day, if we get up and he's excited he'll romp around in the backyard like a horse galloping again and it's so nice to see, it's so nice," said Rumi Hospodar, Kumba's owner.

Kumba was the first dog on Oahu to undergo the stem cell treatment in-clinic using his own cells.

Since then Surf Paws Animal Hospital has performed 20 more treatments, mostly on older dogs and one cat.

The procedure costs $2,400 to $2,800 and is covered by most pet insurance policies.

Surf Paws Animal Hospital