VetStem Biopharma is Pleased to Share the Success Story of Blue DiamondZan Gold Who Was Treated at Kilgore Veterinary Associates with Stem Cell Therapy

Zan Barrel Racing

Not only did he stop ducking the second barrel, but he has not required a joint injection in his front end for almost 3 years.

Blue DiamondZan Gold, aka Zan, battled lameness in his front legs, particularly his right front fetlock joint. Over the years he was treated frequently with joint injections however they only gave him comfort for three to six weeks at a time. As a barrel racing Quarter Horse, when Zan began ducking the second barrel owner Ashley knew there was a major problem.

Zan was examined by Dr. Robert Thoni of Kilgore Veterinary Associates. Dr. Thoni discovered Zan had damage to both front fetlock joints, both front suspensory ligaments, his deep digital flexor tendons and his superficial digital flexor tendons. Dr. Thoni recommended VetStem regenerative cell therapy and Zan was scheduled for surgery in February of 2015.

Dr. Thoni extracted a small sample of adipose tissue, commonly referred to as fat, from Zan’s tailhead. When done correctly, this procedure is very quick with minimal, if any, scarring. The horse does not require sedation and recovers quickly. The adipose tissue was sent for processing at VetStem’s laboratory in San Diego, California. Once processed, a quality control check was performed, and the injectable doses of Zan’s stem cells were sent back to Dr. Thoni. Dr. Thoni injected the cells in and around Zan’s fetlock joints and injured tendons.

Three months later Dr. Thoni recommended a second round of injections. In May of 2015 Zan’s stem cells were once again shipped overnight to Dr. Thoni for injection. VetStem had retained a bank of stored cells from Zan’s initial collection, so this time he did not have to undergo any surgical procedures. The…

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