by: Amber Polo

Golden Bone Wellness Center opened on July 2nd with an educational seminar about the new stem cell therapy they will offer for pets. If you missed it, you can watch a video on the MediVet Biologics website showing pets whose mobility and quality of life have been improved.

Dr. Cinda Rajkovic brings 17 years’ experience to Golden Bone Wellness Center. A graduate of Colorado State College of Veterinary Medicine, prior to receiving her DVM she earned a degree in Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry and worked as a chemist. Dr. Cinda operated “Complete Pet Care” mobile vet service from 2008 to 2016 offering routine and emergency services and served as a fulltime Emergency Vet at Prescott Area Pet Emergency Hospital for the last 1 ½ years. She has assisted Golden Bone Rescue & Rehab since 2014.

Dr. Cinda is now bringing all of her experience to Golden Bone Wellness Center and stem cell therapy to northern Arizona. Dr. Cinda says “Cris Flores Rajkovic, manager of Golden Bone Wellness Center, and I chose to call the center ‘wellness’ as we are offering therapies that can reverse and heal destructive and painful changes instead of just medicating the pain.”

What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are always present in our bodies and the bodies of our pets. Stem cells are able to multiply and stimulate the growth of new cells to help a variety of conditions. They have the ability to develop into different types of cells. Muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bone will be Golden Bone Wellness Center’s first area of concentration. Stem cells serve as a self-repair system dividing without limit to replenish other cells.

What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy has been developing for the last 30 years and is showing results in many treatments for humans. Golden Bone Wellness is using MediVet Biologics’ technology. Stem cell processing has been commercially available from MediVet for animals since 2004.
Numerous studies have verified the benefits of these non-invasive treatments to save pets from pain and improve the quality of life.

How Does It Work?
• A veterinarian’s evaluation determines if stem cell therapy is appropriate
• Cells are harvested from a pet’s fat (adipose tissue) (2 to 4 tablespoons) in a 15 minute surgery under general anesthetic
• Using specialty equipment stem cells are separated from other cells in a three- hour processing procedure
• Cells are re-administered into the pet by IV and into joints or other problem areas
• The pet is kept quiet for 10 days, then activity is advised to build up muscles
Improvement typically continues for two months and can provide 1-4 years of relief after initial treatment.

Conditions Helped by Stem Cell Therapy
Osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, and joint, cartilage, ligament, and tendon damage are the most common conditions now treated. In a recent study, 155 canines suffering from moderate to severe osteoarthritis were treated with MediVet’s stem cell therapy. Four independent veterinarians oversaw the study and results showed a 95% improvement.

Andy and Rosie
The day of the Center’s opening Dr. Cinda performed the stem cell procedure on two lucky dogs. Andy, one of Nadia Caillou’s dogs, is a 13-year-old arthritic Great Pyrenees mix. He received injections in both hips and an IV dose for his kidneys as his renal values were currently normal.

Rosie, Dr. Cinda’s Cockapoo, had a severed spine and at one time used a wheeled chair. She’s now five and Dr. Cinda injected her cells into her spine.

By the evening presentation, both dogs happily met guests. Andy was walking well and Rosie seemed to be enjoying the attention of being Patient #1.

Compassionate Use Care
Compassionate use care is the term used for conditions that have not been studied for stem cell therapy. However, used experimentally, a variety of conditions are showing dramatic results to stem cell therapy. Examples: renal disease, liver and kidney issues, allergies, auto-immune problems, and more. Exception: Cancer patients are not treated with stem cell therapy.

Compassionate use care cases are reviewed individually.

Stem Cell Therapy Side Effects & Costs
Parts of the body need to be shaved. There are no other side effects. The procedure costs $2,400 for a small dog and $2,900 for a large dog. Some pet insurance policies offer coverage.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatments
Golden Bone Wellness will also offer Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments. PRP is now used in human sports medicine to treat injuries. Platelets that are found in whole blood contain healing growth factors and bioactive proteins. Blood plasma with concentrated platelets, once activated, accelerates healing. PRP can assist with wound management, tissue healing, inflammation issues, and much more. It can offer a natural alternative to drugs and steroids and can complement surgery.

A small blood sample is obtained from the pet, processed and, in under an hour, an injection into the pet is administered by the veterinarian.

Other Options
MediVet Biologics offers a stem cell Bank Now program which can be initiated in conjunction with a pet’s spay/neuter procedure. Stem cells are collected during surgery on a young pet and cryogenically stored for when a pet may need it later in life due to accident or conditions that may develop.

Canine Cancer Vaccine
Golden Bone Wellness will also offer canine cancer vaccines. MediVet Biologics will create an experimental immunotherapy vaccine made from the patient’s own tumor to fight from the inside out. The vaccine will be used to help the pet’s immune system recognize the cancer cells as detrimental and attack them.

Dr. Cinda says, “After 17 years of practice I am excited about furthering veterinary medicine and about what we can now offer pets to give them the best quality of life for as long as possible. We are practicing regenerative medicine instead of palliative care.”

In addition to Golden Bone Wellness, The Golden Bone Family includes:
Golden Bone Pet Products provides products that are eco-friendly, socially conscious, environmentally aware, healthy and just plain fun! We are constantly educating and re-educating ourselves to insure we keep up with safety concerns and changes in pet food manufacturing. Angela Windolph, owner and Ana are there to serve you and your pets.
Golden Bone Rescue and Rehab, a 501(c)3 non-profit, is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating abandoned, neglected and abused animals and thoughtfully placing them in safe and loving foster and permanent homes and committed to promoting local spay neuter programs, which ultimately eases needless suffering in our animal community. Dr. Cinda Rajkovic is the CEO of Golden Bone Rescue and Rehab, Inc., Cris Rajkovic is President of the Board of Directors. Angela Windolph is Treasurer/Founder

Golden Bone Wellness Center, Inc.
3080 W. Highway 89A, West Sedona
(next to Golden Bone Pet Products)