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    Default Hey medical smarties! - Joint injections

    I've had this question for awhile, but didn't think to post it here before. I wasn't able to find much info and the vet basically just said, "Not doable."

    So: Hypothetically, can a dog get corticosteroid injections in the hips to alleviate discomfort from osteoarthritis?

    I understand that the animal would need sedation, but it seems like a big joint. If you can do a horse's stifle or a human ankle, why can't we do our dogs hips?

    Considered posting in Menagerie, but since this isn't something most dog-owners or vets do, I'm looking for a broader, maybe theoretical, perspective.
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    Yes it is. Finding a vet who know how and is willing to do it can be hard though. The Rehab vet I worked for would do it, and also did stifles and elbows.

    Another non-typical approach is using stem cells harvested from fat cells in the dogs own body to concentrate and inject to help. http://www.petinsurance.com/healthzo...-for-Dogs.aspx

    Any type of joint injection in dogs requires heavy sedation, bordering on general anesthesia depending on the vets comfort level.
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    Really interesting, thanks! Especially about the stem cells. That stuff is just too cool.
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