Monument Road Animal Hospital

1238 Monument Road
Jacksonville, FL 32225

(904)721-2119

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There are numerous cases on this page representing some of the serious and common syndromes we manage.

 

This is Daisy. She is a 9-year-old golden retriever who presented to MRAH with progressive lameness in her rear legs. After Dr. Wilson's evaluation and radiographs, it was determined that Daisy was suffering from osteoarthritis caused by hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia is the abnormal development of the hip joint resulting in a shallow socket and possibly bone spur formation. Over time this malformation leads to degenerative changes of the cartilage and bone, otherwise known as osteoarthritis. These changes eventually expose pain fibers that result in lameness and discomfort. There are many different ways to treat this disease and its symptoms. After weighing all the options, Dr. Wilson and Daisy's mom decided that stem cell regeneration therapy would be the best option for Daisy. Stem cell therapy consists of injecting adult stem cells into damaged joints in order to attempt cartilage re-growth. After the necessary evaluation and testing, fat is harvested from the patient and sent to Vet Stem laboratories in California where the fat is processed and adult stem cells are extracted. Forty-eight hours later, the adult stem cells are received back at our hospital and injected into the affected joints. These cells have been proven to hone to damaged tissue and stimulate re-growth. In Daisy's case, she received one injection in each hip and one injection intravenously in order to treat other joints that may be mildly affected. After limited activity and closely monitored physical therapy by her mom and Dr. Wilson, Daisy has shown remarkable improvement. It has been over a year since Daisy received her treatment and she is doing wonderful and no longer requires daily pain medications. Click on Daisy's photograph to see how Vet Stem Therapy helped another senior pet!

 

If you have any questions regarding Stem Cell Therapy please call (904) 721-2119. Think your pet may have osteoarthritis?

Click here to review possible signs of the disease.

 

This is Smedley. When Smedley was 8 years old, he was presented to our hospital on a Monday because his mom astutely noticed that he had blood in his urine. This is always a cause for concern, so blood tests, urine tests, X-rays and an ultrasound was used to diagnose the problem. Some of the diseases that can cause bloody urine include infections, bladder and kidney stones, reactions to chemicals, bleeding problems and cancer. After the testing was completed, Smedley was diagnosed to have bladder and kidney stones (click here for more information). For cases like these, surgery is needed to retrieve the stones before they cause a life-threatening obstruction (which is common in males). Smedley was taken to surgery on Thursday, and by Friday he went home feeling much better. Smedley lived until he was 12 years old. He loved his mommy very much and lived a wonderful life.

 

 

This is Reggie. He was very happy even though he had numerous serious medical diseases that the Doctors at Monument and his mother were managing. The first disease he was diagnosed with is Pemphigus Foliaceous. This disease is serious because his immune system is (incorrectly) attacking and destroying his skin, creating very serious sores. They are very painful and can become infected. Medication is given daily to control the immune system's inappropriate actions (prednisone and chlorambucil). These medications are also used to treat certain kinds of cancer. The other disease Reggie had was Interstitial Cystitis. The most important part of managing this disease is to live a stress-free life! Reggie loved his mother very much, especially for letting him live like a prince!

 

 

This is Sir Casey. Sir Casey presented at only 7 months old with painful urination. After a urinalysis, bloodwork, and xrays, he was diagnosed with bladder stones. Surgery was performed to remove the stones and they were sent to an outside lab for analysis. The stone analysis indicated that Sir Casey had something called a liver shunt (a portosystemic shunt). A portosystemic shunt is a blood vessel that bypasses liver tissue, carrying blood from the intestines, stomach, spleen, and pancereas to the heart before it can be filtered and cleansed of proteins, sugars, bacteria, and toxins. This can hinder proper development of the liver and cause damage to the other organs. Surgery was performed at the specialist to close the shunt. Sir Casey is now 2 1/2 years old and is doing wonderful!