Save Your Dog From Spinal Injury

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There is good news for those individuals whose dog has had a spinal injury recently. Such dogs can recover soon from an experimental drug which is being tested by the researchers. These researchers belong to University of California in San Francisco. They are researching with an objective that this study will help people in recovering from small injuries. Funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, the study proved to be effectual in mice at UCSF. Now the team will experiment how the drug works on different breed of dogs which are beforehand injured short legged. This breed of dogs frequently suffers injuries as they have a small disc in their back which instinctively ruptures, thereby causing damage to the underlying spinal cord.

Around 120 dogs, after their spinal injuries are brought to the Small Animal Hospital of Texas, where they are given medical and surgical treatment just like the human being gets for his spinal cord injury. But now the researchers with the consent of owners will experiment if the new treatment is successful on these dogs. If successful, the results will be unparalleled, since at present there is no current therapy which can effectively improve the function of hind limb in dogs. The new advanced treatment does not seek to re-grow the wounded pathways in the spinal cord. But it looks out to alleviate damage secondary to the injury of spinal cord.

According to an article from, “The animal will be normal from the point of the spinal injury upward and paralyzed from the point of the injury downward. These animals are called colloquially called downer animals and have specific management needs. Rarely is rear paralysis temporary and management requires commitment. It is not for everyone and it is important to understand what you are getting into; however, for the right owner and patient, management of the downer pet can be rewarding and the human/animal bond can continue.”

The wounded dogs offer an excellent opportunity to take forward the next step on this new treatment since the injuries of dogs closely mimic instinctively the human spinal cord wound. A co investigator of A and M University, Jonathan Levine, says that he will inject a protein blocking drug in some dogs and treat them. He then plans to aid the dogs with rehabilitation and then scrutinize their recovery. Ongoing studies at UCSF stress on refining delivery of experimental drug so that it optimizes recovery. UCSF is the emerging university which is dedicated to promoting health all around the globe.




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