Unusual Treatment in the U.K. Helps Paralyzed Dog Walk Again
Scientists at Cambridge University recently ended a six-month trial of a new treatment to fight the effects of paralysis in dogs.
One of the subjects was 10-year-old dachshund, Jasper.
Four years ago, Jasper was in an accident that left his hind legs completely paralyzed. But after the trial, he’s up and running again.
All they did was inject the injury site with stem cells found in… the dog’s nose. Seriously.
More specifically, they’re using “olfactory ensheathing cells” that benefit from strong regenerative capabilities.
As Professor Robin Franklin of the study says, these “are very specialized cells that are found in the part of the nervous system that deals with the special sense of smell. [This] part of the nervous system continually regenerates the nerve cells that pick up odors in the environment… If there wasn’t a capacity to keep regenerating these nerve fibers, we’d lose the sense of smell very quickly.”
What’s more, scientists say this method could help regenerate nerve fibers to help human paraplegics restore movement, as well.