Lately, though, the dog has been in pain and has a really tough time getting around, Moss said. The dog suffers from arthritis and ligament tears in its legs.
“You could see she was in a lot of pain, and we have tried various procedures and medications to help her,” Moss said. “She has been on medication for a long time, but that doesn’t seem to help as much anymore.”
Mimi has a hard time even walking, and her quality of life is very poor now, Moss said.
While people feel differently about what their pets mean to them and their family, there’s no question what Mimi means to them.
“She is definitely a member of our family,” Moss said. “She has taught our children so much about responsibility over the years, and they have grown with Mimi. I find there is something therapeutic about having a dog like Mimi. A dog will always be there for you, and she has been here for us for 10 years.”
Waiting to see the effects Earlier this month, the Naperville family decided to have a new medical procedure for animals — stem cell therapy — performed on Mimi in hopes that it would help their dog be able to enjoy a pain-free life again.
The procedure was done at Westmont’s West Suburban Veterinary Associates — one of the only animal hospitals in the area that’s able to perform stem cell therapy on animals, said hospital officials.
Moss said she had heard about the procedure as another option that could help Mimi walk, and to alleviate some of the dog’s pain. “It was something we decided to try, and while I wouldn’t say it was a last resort, we chose to go through with it,” Moss said.
Ten days after this month’s procedure, Moss said Mimi was up and running around a little bit more.
Dr. Alan Main, owner of WSVA, 518 N. Warwick Ave., said stem cell therapy usually takes a few weeks to determine how well it is working, and it varies for different animals.
“We should have a pretty good idea in four to six weeks before we start seeing results,” Main said. But one family has already reported seeing excellent results from the therapy.