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Kansas dog receives stem cell injection for arthritis

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 19, 2012 at 4:01 p.m.

— The owners of a 12-year-old yellow Labrador with crippling arthritis are hoping stem cells will relieve the dog’s pain.

The dog, named Jake, underwent a procedure in Overland Park that supporters said will make his arthritic limbs healthy again.

Critics said the procedure is expensive and does not help animals in any way.

The Kansas City Star reported that Jake was one of the first dogs in the Kansas City region to undergo the procedure. It was done at the Stanley Veterinary Clinic in Overland Park.

During the procedure, stem cells were taken from the fat of Jake’s body and injected into his joints. The procedure's goal was for the cells to regenerate missing cartilage in a few weeks.

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