Nashville, TN (PRWEB) November 10, 2011
One of the last surviving search & rescue dogs deployed in the 9/11 attacks, now 15 years old, will receive a breakthrough stem cell regenerative treatment from MediVet-America to help ease crippling arthritis and live out her days in greater comfort. At least two other 9/11 dogs also will receive the same stem cell therapy.
Only about a dozen of the nearly 100 search & rescue dogs that were sent to the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, PA, are still alive today.
Bailey, a black Labrador retriever who is retired from service, will undergo the drug-free procedure on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, 10 a.m., at Companion Animal Hospital, in Goodlettsville, TN, near Nashville. It will be performed by Dr. Mary Ergen, D.V.M., and Katherine Wilkie, director of lab services for MediVet-America, which is donating the procedure.
Along with her handler, Keith Lindley of Thompson Station, TN, Bailey was mobilized by FEMA to the Pentagon on September 12, 2001. For 11 days she searched the disaster site and acted as a therapy dog for the first responders and military personnel who were devastated by the experience and missing their own families and pets. Later, Bailey went to Salt Lake City, UT, for the 2002 Winter Olympics and did wilderness searches back home. Today, she is stiff-legged from severe arthritis.
?It seems fitting that on Veteran?s Day, when we honor all who have served our country, we are helping one of the unsung heroes of 9-11,? said Lindley. ?I saw firsthand how Bailey and the other search & rescue dogs made a big difference in a terrible tragedy. And she may have many good years ahead. Her mother is now 18 years old.?
Also to receive stem cell treatment in the coming weeks is Red, a 12 year old black Lab who was sent to the Pentagon on September 16 with her handler, Heather Roche of Annapolis, MD. Red also worked for 11 days, finding the remains of victims in the north parking-lot area. She later responded to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. No longer able to handle tasks like climbing a two-story ladder, Red retired in July. Ms. Roche said, ?Red wants to work, but her body just can?t do it anymore.?
A third 9/11 search & rescue dog that searched the ruins at Ground Zero, Hoke, owned by Julie Noyes of Indiana, also will be treated.
Veterinarians and researchers describe stem cell regenerative therapy as a major scientific development in the treatment of arthritis, hip dysplasia, ligament and cartilage injuries and other degenerative joint diseases in dogs, cats, horses and other animals. The technology uses an adult animals own stem cells to heal itself.
MediVet-America?s treatment involves removing fat tissue from the animal, separating the stem cells from the fat, activating and then injecting the cells into the affected areas. Within four to six weeks, animals that had been in severe pain with a restricted range of motion are able to walk, run and even jump again.
The key to the procedure is an advanced, patented L.E.D. technology that activates millions of dormant stem cells present in fat tissue.
?We are proud to help the unsung canine heroes of 9-11 on this first Veteran?s Day following the 10th anniversary of the attacks,? said MediVet-America managing director Jeremy Delk. ?They deserve the very best stem cell therapeutic care that is now being received by animals across the nation.?
The world?s leading research and development company in veterinary stem cell technology, MediVet-America provides innovative cell applications for the therapeutic care of animals. Headquartered in Nicholasville, Kentucky, MediVet-America develops advanced cellular designed kits and services for the treatment of osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease. The company also offers MediVet Lab Services in multiple locations around the world that provides technical support for in-house stem cell vets, as well as regional and national Adipose stem cell processing and cyro banking services for pets at a young age or for a maintenance program, autologous conditioned serum processing, and cell counting for in-house stem cell procedures. [http://www.MediVet-America.com
EDITOR?S NOTE: The media is invited to cover the procedure at the Companion Animal Hospital, 121 Two Mile Pike, Goodlettsville, TN 32072. To arrange interviews, photographs and videotaping, contact Roberts Communications.
Photo of Bailey: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/08/14/magazine/14Mag-rescue-dogs.html#5