Dog receives stem cell therapy for arthritis problems

If Gus could talk...he'd have something to tell you.

He's a farm dog. His age is unknown. He lives in Irondale. Last September, though, he wound up in Dora, which is about an hour away.

"How he ended up in that landfill, we have no earthly idea," Dr. Barbara Monaghan said.

But that was the least of his worries. His journey led to multiple broken bones.

"We found out that when we arrived that he had been in one of those crushing compression garbage trucks," Monaghan said. "And was dumped in the landfill."

But, Tuesday, this old dog could be getting a new life.

"It could and that's what we're banking on," she said.

Monaghan and Liberty Animal Hospital teamed up with MediVet America to help save a life with a new, top of the line procedure.

"It's absolutely a game changer," Dr. Craig Martin said.

Martin is spearheading the effort to use stem cell therapy.

Here's how it works.

Veterinarians take out excess fat tissue. From that, after a thorough process, stem cells, along with platelet rich plasma, are injected straight into Gus's weak, arthritic areas like his back and hips.

"It's at least possible that this dog would have considerably increased comfort, decreased pain with no other medication on board," Monaghan said.

Gus will be checked out in about a month to see how the stem cells are reacting. But doctors are hopeful that they've given this one of a kind dog a second chance.