Researchers reverse dog paralysis
There’s promising news for dogs with spinal cord injuries.
In a clinical trial at the U.K.’s Cambridge University, researchers were able to reverse paralysis in several dogs by removing cells from the lining of their noses, growing them in a laboratory for several weeks, then transplanting them into the damaged part of the spinal cord.
The transplanted cells regenerated nerve fibers across the damaged region, enabling the dogs to regain the use of their hind legs and coordinate movement with their front legs, according to the study, which was published in the journal Brain.May Hay, whose 10-year-old dachshund, Jasper, was part of the trial, had to wheel her pet around because his “back legs were useless. Now he whizzes around the house and garden and is able to keep up with the other dogs. It's wonderful." — Watch it at BBC News
Photo: BBC News // Jasper, a 10-year-old dog, regained the use of his hind legs after a nose cell transplant.
More from Vetstreet:
Video: Rare white penguins spotted
5 dogs breeds that are sadly losing popularity
10 most popular kitten names
Want a large dog that is gentle? This breed is for you
Video: Vets show heart & skill trying to save paralyzed dog
Too bad stem cell research is still such a controversial topic.
I think the controversial part comes in if their using stem cells from fetuses. I don't understand why it would be controversial if they're using the cells of the patient. It doesn't make sense to me.
pics, advice, info and stories for pet lovers
With all the glitz and glamour that comes out of Tinseltown (not to mention the endless tabloid fodder), it's not always obvious that many celebrities are animal lovers, too.
From designer crosses to giant breeds, we scoured Vetstreet's data of millions of dog breeds to determine the trendiest breeds of the past decade.
Tow lot employee finds abandoned pup.
Animals, says Dr. Patty Khuly, are the best listeners in the world and don’t care that you’ve just been dumped or laid off.
"No! Bad dog!" How many times have you scolded your misbehaving canine with those words? Probably too many. But before you fly off the handle, one of the most important things to understand about correcting bad behavior is that punishment doesn't work.
Your dog loves sticking his head out the window, but imagine the tragic results of disregarding his (or your) safety.
Death is a natural part of life, but it's never easy to understand. Here are some tips when the time comes to talk to your kids about pets passing.
Are you a 'dog person' or 'cat person'?
Whether they're on small pups like the Pug or huge ones like the Mastiff, adorable wrinkles are the envy of many a dog lover — which is exactly why we set out in search of the canine world's most wrinkled breeds.
Adopting an animal is a major commitment. Yet all too often people put more effort into researching what kind of car to get than the type of pet that would best fit their lifestyle.
From certain species of butterflies, zebras to horses and cockatoos, you might be surprised that some of our favorite creatures are dying out.
Creating a cat-friendly home means incorporating elements that accommodate your cat’s natural instincts to climb, scratch and rest. Why not look for furniture that gives kitty what she needs and offers function for you too?