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Why is this dog smiling?
Because he heard about the fully-funded (free!) Investigational Stem Cell Study for Dogs with Osteoarthritis


Dr. Jeff Christiansen of Island Animal Hospital is participating in an investigational study of donor stem cells for dogs with osteoarthritis that will determine if a single injection of stem cells into 1 or 2 affected joints can help reduce signs associated with osteoarthritis in your dog.

Your dog may qualify for the study if he or she:

  • is 9 months old or older
  • weighs 5.5 pounds or more
  • has osteoarthritis in ONLY 1 or 2 of the following joints: hips, stifles, shoulders, elbows
  • has had pain and/or lameness for at least 3 months
  • is in good health other than osteoarthritis; a physical exam and diagnostic work up will be conducted to see if your dog qualifies for the study (no cost to you)
  • has not had previous stem cell therapy of any kind
  • can tolerate anesthesia needed to perform joint injection(s)
  • does NOT have cancer 

The study covers all study related bloodwork, radiographs (x-rays), and in-clinic procedures, including stem cell therapy.

Your dog may be treated with the stem cells or a placebo. If your dog is treated with the placebo, after it completes the 6-month study it may be eligible for stem cell treatment, to be provided at no cost.

The study will be held on Thursdays at:

 Island Animal Hospital on Cocoa Beach      
333 Minutemen Causeway
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
(321) 783-6463

For information, please e-mail Dr. Christiansen at [email protected]