Latest In Vet Medicine Saves Lives of Pets and People
Veterinary medicine is quickly expanding into new high-tech approaches to save pets. The side benefits of this work is improved medicine for people. Such advancements include laser scalpels, arthroscopic surgery, genomic research, and even dog heart defibrillators.
As the demands of pet owners become more advanced, expecting treatment for diseases like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and orthopedic problems, the treatments developed by veterinarians are increasingly crossing over to treat human patients.
The constant refusal by a subborn German shepherd – Cassidy – to wear a strap on prosthetic to replace her missing hind leg led to the development of a titanium fitting allowing a carbon fibre leg to be attatced directly to the bone. Dr. Marcellin-Little’s team at NCSU have used this new technology to implant limbs on two cats and to create a plate for the roof of a dog’s mouth. It involves using computed tomography (CT) to scan and create three-dimensional implants that perfectly match the patients bones. There are plenty of amputees that would benefit from this kind of advanced prosthetic.
Dr. James Cook is advancing medical knowledge in the same way his name-sake advanced our knowledge of the globe, with his leading edge research into joint repair. His BioDuct Meniscal Fixation Device helps repair damaged meiscus, the cartilage in the knee joint, which stops the onset of arthritis. Recently approved to be used as human medicine Dr. Cooks treatment has healed or partially healed 25 dogs only weeks after surgery.
As this trend grows, you could very well find your life being saved by medicine developed by a vet for the treatment of your pet.