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11-19-13 3:10pm Angela: on the latest pet treatments

Nov 19, 2013|

Angela talks with Dr. Gordy Labbe of the Metairie Small Animal Hospital about the latest pet treatments.

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Only used to be that you would take your dog or cat to the vet to get shots or beast later neutered and hopefully you still do. But more and more animal lovers are taking their pets to the -- for some extraordinary new treatments. From stem cell therapy to laser surgery. So how far would you go to improve the quality of life of your pet and please let us know and give us a call at 260187. Joining us is the local veterinarian can tell us all the latest in pet care. Gordy the day is an associated with the -- small animal hospital I'm thrilled and I'm very excited about the subject. Years ago I went to this this probably. The late nineties and 2000 and went to -- that school spent a day there just observing. And then went back and shot a series of reports. On the extraordinary things that were being done then. Brian in animal care everything from orthopedic surgery to. I care for house it was un believable the things. The cancer unit that was being built at the time. So then I look at I see this and for stem -- but I'm not laughing and a half marvel stem cell therapy. It is it's it's new and it's exciting player be out there and they really are coming along way -- Our animal veterinary business and you know just get more more options fairer for patients and stem cell therapy is as one of those new. And innovative kind of options that we're try and to stay ahead and if so tell me one. Why why would you substance there -- dog or cat or needed and that work. Well good good question do we we initially got into stem cell therapy after trying laser therapy for awhile. And not to get off the subject to laser therapy is. Something that we've also been doing for pride about two years and come along way in the human medicine and there's been a lot of research done in and that field. Enters the same thing we use have for our old arthritic pets. And at this this class four laser at the certain energy power and wavelengths. Will penetrate the tissue it improves healing. Circulation to that area. Pain relief. And and we we really saw animals benefit from that they're being. So then practice you know again was just looking for. Other other options and and stem cell was one of them. Who we think of stem cell we're thinking. Really the teacher to -- -- and and that's most people's concern. And there is a large difference with what we're doing and I practiced. The differences you know what what. People fear and the growing of -- organs and tissues in culture plays its ads from embryonic stem cells so those are. Just immature stem cells can differentiate intent. Indeed. Part of the body and and there's just a lot that's that's not known about it. And the stem cells that we're using our practice or adult stem cells so we actually will. Get the patient man. We we set amount for surgery and it's basically like a mass removal on their -- To where we're just taking. A portion of skin and fat from underneath that skin and -- process the fat. Do a lot of different enzyme extraction stead to separate those adult stem cells from that fat. We mix it with another blood component which we draw from that same animal. We do -- light activating process so it's kind of similar to the laser at their. And then we inject him right back into the patients don't get me an example. Let's say German shepherd with a hip problem. And that is a good example the majority of our our patients are gonna be arthritic patients. And that is where they've shown a lot of benefit so you know initially we always. Do a full work up of the animal. The number one Contra indication or reason why you wouldn't do it is any kind of cancer in the -- That's the number one thing and especially when you're dealing with orthopedics. We want full X rays and we wanna know what areas are affected. You know this severe at the end. But if we did have an old German shepherd with hip problems. We we would. Document and get our X rays -- those hips. And then after collecting harvesting and processing are stem cells. We would re inject. Those stem cells and blood product not only back into the hips but we also injected. And your vascular into the bloodstream. And they've actually done test where they put markers on the stem cells. And an analyst showed him document. That these areas goes he stem cell skis may go to these inflamed area. -- the in other words the dog is a -- time out. For the initial collecting process Iraq and then so you don't do -- -- -- that you collect correct -- days later you do -- well no actually we we have all the processing and equipment and our facility. And so we'll we'll do the surgery in the morning we'll collect Arafat. Well go ahead -- the animal up from that surgery while we're processing because it does take about two to three hours. To go through this period and -- Once we have our final product and we're ready to inject. We just give animal a light dose of a sedative. To relax and so that we can inject back into their hips of the infected joint. And you know it's a really quick simpler procedure at that -- and what you've seen. So it where we're still in the early phases you know we we've just started doing this a couple months ago was actually our first couple cases. And and both of those animals are doing while in I think that the main thing that. We knew we notice in and talking with the owners and and friends of the owners. Is that you know these were dogs with. Arthritic hips Sunnis and and they just feel like right now they're standing up a little taller. You know that they had their starting to get that increased range of mobility and and moving around a little better. And that's what we hoped and you know expectant Clancy it's. It it's not an instantaneous. That typically over the first one to three months. After doing this treatment we knew we'd hoped to see him gradually improving have to ask what it cost well. -- the price range varies bad it's around 22. 22600. Dollars depending on the size kit that we use. That doesn't include the initial work up where -- directories and blood work and whatnot. And it also doesn't include banking which is another great option. Banking stem cells so we do this procedure and you know most of them are old geriatric pets. At 1416. Years old. You know one have to put your animal under anesthesia multiple times -- certainly not if you don't have to. So there's a facility in Tennessee where we actually send these stem cells off to be banked. And then we can call that facility and have those stem cells back to as the next day ready to -- -- Today it's fascinating it's what's happening in the world veterinary medicine. With my arthritic net I might. Have just myself for I arrive it's not quite in they even feel it yeah and I think getting heard about athletes going overseas to get stem cell therapy and still needs to be some research -- and and even with their animals we we try and and use it for more compassionate use. And we don't want to forget our conventional therapy you know anti inflammatory is just general pain medications there. It's just it's modern science is incredible stay with -- we're gonna talk about the new things happening in veterinary medicine and don't forget you can call us about. How much is too much after the it's. We're talking stem cells were talking. All kinds of extraordinary things happening in veterinary medicine and Gordy holiday doctor Gordon McVeigh who was say an associate that the -- -- small animal hospital is our special guest. And I I just find this very exciting and I find it exciting on many levels one because I love animals I love to think of the possibilities. But also because I was once told by one of the professors at the vet school that often times. Veterinary medicine will lead the way in ultimately human medicine. In some of the work that's being done most -- For an you know hopefully this does does come along more in human medicine if on the researches. Is shown and proven. -- and hopefully we'll get there one day. And it back to the stem cell therapy. Yes it's primarily for the arthritis. Correct -- but it's also for autoimmune disease exactly how does that work. So. Don't have the exact dynamics -- of how that doesn't work in in opting -- to -- this is where. Most of the cases come from a and that is where they've seen a lot of documented improvements. Autoimmune conditions or another big one on the list so anything from an inflammatory bowel disease -- Humility can emea where where red blood cells are being attacked by the body's immune system. -- these stem cells have the potential to. To change that direction that the body is attacking and to help correct those so we we haven't had any. Particular cases in those areas but speaking -- Especially doctor my conscience and and Arizona. He's done hundreds and and that's one of the areas that he is really excited about and he tried to get more cases and tend to follow the benefit. Let's talk about the laser. I have not wonderful little friend whose name is who's actually after your -- Jack Bauer. And he had this is the dog. Had a nose jobs. But it was with a laser conceived breathing issues. It right right then and so that that is that that's different in the class for a therapy laser -- discuss an earlier but. We have started to use laser -- carbon dioxide laser with surgeries. While one of mean things that we use it for not only for -- Eackles. What you're talking about. Usually get your little smudge faced dogs and that's what you Bosnia beautiful -- have a little Boston your larger. Your bulldogs. Yep those are at the top of the list and they have what's called braking as such Alexander Drummond and it's a fancy word for having this much phased. They're little nose that. You know they have barely any openings so they can't breathe. They also have an elongated soft palate which makes breathing difficult man and a few other abnormalities and and say yeah we were used. Laser units actually. Why didn't those new Ares of the nose to open up there way and had to trend down that soft pal in the back and you know especially in Louisiana where it's as hot as it is another summer months are really tough for our. Little smudge faced them so the it really helps him breathe and just feel more comfortable. Back to the other lazy you were talking about the original right Ryan what are you using that for now and and so that -- again that that's -- that. How we got into that the stem cell and the majority of our patients are. Arthritic patients. But it can be used for so many different things it's pretty amazing and any post surgical healing. Any kind of anything -- that you need pain relief fair and -- healing ear infections. Sprains. Have displeasure. Different hot spots you know skin conditions and factions and you can take any one of those and just explain how the laser. Makes the things heal quicker it's a -- Lazard. Additional pain right mind -- does the dog or -- have to be out so -- it's it's pretty remarkable to see yen and we do you know especially for -- arthritic pets. If we've seen their pet before and we feel like they have an arthritic or painful condition that might benefit. We do offer our clients a free -- laser therapy trials so. For example you know had old arthritic -- in the other day -- on his anti inflammatory as pain managed. And we're just trying to look for another modality or treatment sourced to make this and more comfort more comfortable. You know help them get up easier in the morning so. Basically they go see one of our laser therapy technicians usually it's Alan Booth that. Our hospital. They come and they were put on these cute little -- goggles that laser doesn't affect any young side. And then. Shall start the unit she rubs this. And it's pretty magical she rubs this laundered that has -- massaging ball on the patient. And and they just really relax you know a lot of most of the time they'll put their head down close their eyes and you know that they can feel that sensation over the area and you know how do you know that it helps and that good question you know. So. Far arthritic dogs for example you know a lot of times. It's similar to acupuncture in the sense that to have prolonged benefits that it does need to be done more than one time. We always and we really encourage owners to be there on the first. Sessions that they can see how the animal reacts immediately after and during the procedure. Typically even after the first. Laser therapy they'll. Get out you know quicker and and the owners -- notice that they have a little bounce in their -- And typically would do it may be you know three times for a couple weeks. Twice you know for a couple weeks and then we we basically try and wean them off. And we end up with a routine that fits that and more an owner herself some animals need to have it done weekly. Summer at the point to where they just haven't done once a month -- -- their okay and they get the benefit but. Owners are you know seeing there their pay you stairs when they avenues there's been years and jump in the car it's actually rather small little things and owners really appreciated. Those subtle changes in think it matters a lot says to the animals too and I'm just seeing them. Bounce up in the morning instead it just really fighting in. Says that's been really exciting to see Ian. That that is something that they are doing on the the human field. And around the you know most sports teams use it for for no recovery and healing and you know we're we're -- content to do it for all of our surgeries you know just to increase that healing time and to some pain relief. Well stay with -- we're gonna continue our talk all about what's happening in veterinary medicine and would you believe. Cosmetic surgery. Now let's go to chain rose in the newsroom. Doctor Gordy the -- is our guest today he -- -- an associate that the Metairie small animal hospital were talking about. All the new things that are happening in the wonderful world of animals on animal medicine. And I'm curious though what make you go into veterinary medicine. I was one of the fortunate few that. Grew up on to be event I don't know what it was I grew up in my dad was a Connors Shah was in the woods alive and and just. Some about. Being in nature me around animals and I had that connection and along or went to school the longer I felt that you know the science aspect of it was was little and to get into. And your loving it I'm woman and it's it's a great. Great place to be. I enjoy going to work every day in. You know non. Not only get -- to help animals album but they didn't help out you know the owners as well and salute very much about it out of people right exactly it's from some tough times in good times and. And it's been great and and you have to have incredible thoughts on. Saving animals an opinion on the importance in their line in our lives. And so that you're able to help them in critical times that we're talking about some -- talk about plastic surgery animals which. Lot of people are really against they just think you know it's very frivolous and and perhaps it is it just more so. That it is another avenue that pet owners can go -- and and one of the very funny articles I read but I actually read along time ago. Was about these on the saint Rome new articles. Then they'd have new articles out there -- -- or when you get your dog or cat neutered to. -- course the elimination. Of the testicles and this is a replacement for them an article I read that there are 250000. Miracle dog walking around with. Right and and while it it sounds funny I'm. I'm glad it's an option for owners is you know you do get owners who don't wanna have their dog neutered and between taken away their manhood -- You know just not. Not having the test goes there and feel like there's a lawsuit. Some people want that peace of mind and and so. In what was very funny was that they said an owners were very sincere not making fun or. They felt the love the Donna just said you know what we're trying to maintain his pride and self esteem -- felt really they were projecting it from themselves totally. A totally but you know -- got a happy -- and their happy and. And exactly exactly so it's it's a win win you get. All the same benefits from from getting neutered between. Behavior modification. And preventing. Cancer testicular and prostate in the future so. Ultimately. It's. To get option for for those owners who who want. So stay with this we're gonna continue our conversation with governor that they were gonna be talking about -- you believe medical marijuana for pants on after this. The wonderful world of veterinary medicine and all the wonderful things that are happening. Some of them you know very serious and and can be lifesaving and can make your animal live longer and happier and that's the bottom line to. And in some of them you have to go. So now we're talking medical marijuana for pets and that's really a real issue. It is it is and in acting. I think the bottom line is there there's still needs to be some research done but. It's an option out there and and just like with the stem cell therapy you know we're we're trying to improve the quality of life. And our pets and and relieve pain and -- that sort of thing so. It may have its place one day and I hope that the human side that you know does the researching gets their but. It's still a lot of laughter it's not known. But but what is known is that there's now great. Cancer therapy for pets right right and great heart. Worked until we were talking in the commercial about a man who just retired from -- Group a who put the first pacemaker and an animal. And in Louisiana and use the first one to put a pacemaker and doctor John -- and he had been when our practice for 44 years and you know he's he's one of the ones that you know. Count is inspiration to to media and younger doctor you know come and on and trying to take advantage of of what's in front of me and so you know there's there's a lot it's not known out there but. Do these treatments are becoming available for animals and you know there are cardiology specialists that did routinely implant pacemakers and do different heart procedures. You know oncologists that that would do chemotherapy. As well as radiation. And Metairie small animal we don't have an oncologist in our facility but we do consult with a nine colleges so. If we ever have and you. Patient news needs chemotherapy. You know she's couple emails away and shows she really is great about guiding us through. Not only the work out for for getting into it bent. The treatment itself and it's been that good relationships. The psychological issues the ten pats have an an an anxiety. Separation anxiety is big I mean you have. Many families are all working the dog -- -- left alone and sometimes that really does affect them I -- -- enough videos out there. They remove that there are there are we Africa so -- -- people's animals are practiced that their dog literally chewed a hole through a door. When when it's either raining where -- if their owners are -- itself. You know and at that point it really affects the owners but psychologically. It it does affect the dogs and and their are. Strong conditions there that they needed addressing in. So you know. Typically we always try to avoid medications if we can't benefits simply a matter of talking with the owner -- the -- environment and things that we can change in the house to tell the animal -- Al. Then we'll do it. If it depends you know has an extreme case. You know we used medications such as prozac on on dogs and cats. For a variety of issues in and separation anxiety is one votes. When cats start leaving -- litter box and not going back to learn about and -- I have cats and I am very. Always concerned about but they're good but I know that happens and that is oftentimes. And then saying I'm not well -- -- psychologically bothered. And a lot of times they are trying to talk with the owner and in some ways -- You know anytime we get the Spezza and you know first and foremost we wanna make sure that they don't have an underlying medical condition. Whether it's a urinary tract infection and or just any other general illness. -- -- cats will void they litter box at those times and if we ruled those out. Then we talked to the owners about other sources assure us in the environment whether. It's a dog it's by other litter box here you know they don't want -- to pass the dog up every time he's about the rumor. You know other -- stress -- from outside the house. And there's different issues like that -- that we can address and. Otherwise and that's my -- is the wonderful world of veterinary medicine stay with us and are gonna continue the top right after this. Believe that a whole wonderful hour with -- doctor Gordy -- look -- talking about just the great wonderful things that are happening in veterinary medicine. And it's just become a very sophisticated. I mean it but again thank kept people bring him in just for their shots and getting in spayed neutered. But you can go so far beyond that now. And you really can. There's a lot of -- reasons why a lot of people are going above and beyond and you know between just not have been that bad outside dog you know and and now have an. More like a member of the Stanley that -- sleeps in your bed at night and -- just having. These options trickle down -- just you know a lot of times animals do lead the way for human medicine that. A large amount of time that it works the other way to yourself. Remind -- these options orthopedic specialties. -- the mollen eighteen Mariah right cardiology. And and all of specialties have been great. We actually have some some senior doctors that our practice to do a lot of big orthopedic surgeries but there are specialists out there. We also have an ophthalmologist. Who just started matter -- veterinary ophthalmologist specialist. Who actually works out of our practice. I want to thank you I can't believe -- time thank you doctor Gordy all of they now let's go the newsroom.