WESTMINSTER, CO (KCNC) -- Some dog owners say their dogs are getting a new lease on life thanks to a medical breakthrough -- a gene therapy that could
Baer is a black lab. Each step he takes is brutally painful because of arthritis. But after a dose of a new gene therapy, Baer can do something he's never done before -- run!
Louise was stuck at the stairs when her owner called, but now she races down!
“We have seen no adverse events in the dogs in over 20 to 30 dogs that we’ve treated so far, which is very exciting,” said Dr. Linda Watkins of the University Colorado Boulder Center for Neuroscience.
Some scientists describe the treatment as a medical breakthrough 25 years in the making.
Knob, a 6-year-old Tibetan Mastiff, endured multiple surgeries and medications for his osteoarthritis. video showed how badly he suffered, barely able to move.
“You could just tell he was in pain,” Knob’s owner said.
After the treatments, Knob’s owner said the dog can finally keep up with his brother. another Tibetan Mastiff named Toad.
“He goes further. He goes faster. He wants go more often,” Craig said.
Watkins says the Interleukin X gene is produced in all living species.
“[It’s] nature’s own anti-inflammatory,” she said.
Sometimes animals don't produce enough to combat inflammation. This gene therapy helps the body create it, which eliminates pain for severe cases of osteoarthritis.
One injection lasts 1½ years or more in dogs.
Because this gene therapy is so effective in dogs, the Food and Drug Administration has just approved treatment in people. if that works, it could mean the end of knee and hip replacements.
Treatment is now being tested on people in Northern California and Australia.
As for Knob, he is now a happy dog who is finally able to live relatively pain-free.
“It’s the best he’s felt in his whole life,” his owner said.
This treatment on the dogs is part of a study happening at Colorado Animal Pain Center in Westminster. Veterinarians are now accepting more dogs into this therapy program and if your dog is accepted, the treatment is free.
For more information email DrRob@coanimalpaincenter.com or call the Colorado Center for Animal Pain Management & Rehabilitation office number, 720-502-5823.