Colorado State Veterinary School is seeking patients for a research clinical trial for cats with stage 4 chronic kidney disease that is stable. Cats with concurrent other diseases are not eligible.
The cats will be treated with 3 stem-cell injections 2 weeks apart. Stem cells will be collected from healthy donor cat’s fat. The donor cats will not be harmed by the procedure.
Stem cells cannot repair the irreversible kidney scarring, but potentially improve overall kidney function by anti-inflammatory effect and improved blood flow.
Previous studies have shown promise.
There is no cost for the clinical trial which is covered by Frankie’s Fund for Feline Stem Cell Research named in honor of Frankie a Siamese cat that helped pioneer the stem-cell treatment for chronic kidney disease in cats.
For more information and to enroll, visit the webpage for Colorado State University.
I lost my wonderful Oriental Shorthair, Reggie, in 2003 trying to get him ready for a kidney transplant. I wish that this would have been available to him.
FYI, Dr. Freesh has had her own stem cells collected from bone marrow and fat and had them injected in her knees for arthritis that had reached the bone on bone stage and knee replacements were recommended. Stem cells have been used for years for arthritis in horses and dogs; so Dr. Freesh found a physician group in St. Louis providing this treatment for people. The treatment has been successful. Blue Tail Medical Group is the human group. This has been a mini-miracle.
Stem cell therapy is in clinical trials for multiple diseases in human and veterinary medicine now. The stem cells are gathered from the pet or person with the disease.
Joan M. Freesh, MS, DVM