Seismo and Taco Update
December 1, 2009
By Holly Deyo
A number of Millennium-Ark readers have written asking for an update on Seismo and Taco's stem cell surgery. They came through the treatment in terrific fashion, which is remarkable considering they are nearly 13!
The photo above was taken just 1 week after surgery. If you look closely, you can see the various injection sites where fur was shaved from both of their front legs, Taco's right rear leg and Seismo's right shoulder.
The large light gray patch across Seismo's upper back is where the fat was removed for the stem cells. Taco had the same extraction; it just doesn't show in the picture. In addition to site-specific injections, they were both treated with a full-body dose. These IV stem cells naturally migrate to injured or degenerated areas that weren't readily apparent.
In a week they were ready to go on walks again, but had to stay on leashes for a month to let the stem cells do their work and heal their bodies. No jumping or running, which is what Kelpie/Blue Heelers love to do. They're "working" dogs.
It is now Dec. 1st, about 3 months post-treatment. What a difference!
Taco shows the most improvement and was in the most discomfort after surgery. Maybe it's because she was in such deep and debilitating pain and needed more injections. Before treatment, we could only walk about 2 1/2 blocks before she'd look as if to way, "I want to go sooo bad, but it hurt too much." They lived for daily walks and it broke our hearts to see active dogs in such severe pain.
A few weeks ago, they had their first really brisk hike 45 minutes up and down rough terrain and they were still grinning ear-to-ear after the trek.
Seismo's, Taco's brother and litter mate, improvement is less pronounced. This may be due to him having less problems in the first place. His right shoulder, the main source of trouble, is good again and his coat is definitely more lustrous.
Overall, they have a look of "more healthy" about them. Just this year, Seismo sprouted a few white hairs on his muzzle and eyebrows. Otherwise he's still coal black and a lean runnin' machine. Should it be warranted, both dogs have frozen stem cells at the vet's clinic for another treatment.
Since we want our 4-legged family members to have The BEST quality of life possible, Stan and I see it was definitely worth the expense. They recovered from the discomfort quickly and live another day for laser light games and chasing jacks (jack rabbits).
August 26, 2009
By Holly Deyo
For those of you who have been with us these many years, you may recognize our two Kelpie/Blue Heeler Australian cattle dogs, Seismo and Taco. This brother and sister duo have appeared in our newsletters and on the website, in Dare To Prepare, and occasionally, in our Pics of the Day. They've been a major part of our family for more than a dozen years valiantly making the journey with us from Downunder.
After 12 years of pounding their active legs in endless running games and chasing rabbits, coyotes and other "intruders" off their property, Seismo and Taco showed signs of severe arthritis. Taco was suffering so much that daily hikes were becoming too painful. Four blocks from home she lagged behind her brother and her normally bright eyes glazed with discomfort. Her heart was in it, but not her body. For Taco not to run would be like not breathing. Ditto for her brother. We had to find a solution.
A few weeks ago, our vet suggested stem cell treatment instead of their now-impotent pain pills. To get the needed cells, the vet removed some of their own body fat where the wide bandages are via incision. It was immediately shipped to the San Diego clinic, processed, and overnighted back to the vet. That's where they are today receiving the stem cells.
Injections were given directly into areas that need regenerating in addition to a full body IV. This two-pronged attack not only targets known problems, but the IV tackles other health issues that may not have been obvious.
This treatment has been in use since 2002 and we personally know several people's pets who have greatly benefited from it. These stem cells help repair tendons, cartilage and fractures, auto-immune disorders; liver, kidney, heart disease and strokes; and osteoarthritis, among other health problems.
Unfortunately, stem cell treatment is not viable if the pet has cancer. To administer stem cells in this scenario would only accelerate cancer growth.
You will find on Vet-Stem's website lots of simple-to-understand info as well as a vet locater who administers stem cell treatment. Fortunately, Seismo and Taco's vet was already on board. If your dog or horse is suffering from any of the above health issues, he or she may see their health clock turned back. It's certainly worth a shot for your 4-legged family member.