Radioactive injection treats osteoarthritis in dogs

Just like humans, older dogs often have osteoarthritis. They can take pain medication or even have surgery.But a veterinarian in Dauphin County is having success with a new radioactive injection.One of Dr. Jennifer Fletcher’s patients is Brynne, an 8-year-old English setter who has had a tough time getting around.”To see this poor dog limping so bad on her left leg – that’s the one that was affected,” said Carole Miller, Brynne’s owner.”It rips you up inside,” said Ken Miller, Brynne’s owner.Fletcher said the dog’s X-rays show advanced osteoarthritis in her elbows – a common problem for older dogs.”These margins should normally be nice and smooth and clean and should have a nice clean black line showing the joint margin. She has none of that due to the level of arthritis,” Fletcher said. Instead of surgery, Brynne is getting a radioactive injection called Synovetin OA. The relatively new treatment eventually kills all of the inflammation in the joint.”So, instead of suppressing the inflammation, we actually get rid of the inflammation, leaving a very happy joint,” Fletcher said.The treatment comes in a lead-lined container . Anyone involved in the treatment has to be radiation safety trained. With a Geiger counter chirping in the background because of the radiation, Fletcher and her team get to work on a sedated Brynne. Fletcher removes the syringe from the lead box and injects the dose of Synovetin made just for the patient.”It went very smoothly. The needle went straight into the joint, injected the device, moved the joint around to distribute Synovetin throughout the joint, and she’ll be waking up shortly,” Fletcher said. a few hours later, Brynne was reunited with her owners. They are thrilled. “It’s like a miracle for these poor dogs that have this osteoarthritis,” Carole Miller said. That so-called miracle should give Brynne relief for a year or longer. The Animal Hospital of Dauphin County charges $2,400 to inject one joint and $3,400 for two seals.

Just like humans, older dogs often have osteoarthritis. They can take pain medication or even have surgery.

But a veterinarian in Dauphin County is having success with a new radioactive injection.

One of Dr. Jennifer Fletcher’s patients is Brynne, an 8-year-old English setter who has had a tough time getting around.

“To see this poor dog limping so bad on her left leg – that’s the one that was affected,” said Carole Miller, Brynne’s owner.

“It rips you up inside,” said Ken Miller, Brynne’s owner.

Fletcher said the dog’s X-rays show advanced osteoarthritis in her elbows – a common problem for older dogs.

“These margins should normally be nice and smooth and clean and should have a nice clean black line showing the joint margin. She has none of that due to the level of arthritis,” Fletcher said.

Instead of surgery, Brynne is getting a radioactive injection called Synovetin OA. The relatively new treatment eventually kills all of the inflammation in the joint.

“So, instead of suppressing the inflammation, we actually get rid of the inflammation, leaving a very happy joint,” Fletcher said.

The treatment comes in a lead-lined container. Anyone involved in the treatment has to be radiation safety trained.

With a Geiger counter chirping in the background because of the radiation, Fletcher and her team get to work on a sedated Brynne.

Fletcher removes the syringe from the lead box and injects the dose of Synovetin made just for the patient.

“It went very smoothly. The needle went straight into the joint, injected the device, moved the joint around to distribute Synovetin throughout the joint, and she’ll be waking up shortly,” Fletcher said.

A few hours later, Brynne was reunited with her owners. They are thrilled.

“It’s like a miracle for these poor dogs that have this osteoarthritis,” Carole Miller said.

That so-called miracle should give Brynne relief for a year or longer.

The Animal Hospital of Dauphin County charges $2,400 to inject one joint and $3,400 for two joints.

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