Rio had been a working therapy dog until his elbow dysplasia left him lame, lethargic, in pain, and with a decreased appetite. At only 18 months old he had to retire from working as a therapy dog.
Medical and surgical therapy failed to help Rio. Dr. Gary Beall at Springboro Veterinary Hospital in Springboro, Ohio then suggested the Vet-Stem procedure. After stem cell therapy he began to improve immediately. He started eating better and had more energy. He was able to move around without pain, and he re-entered the Therapy Dog Program. Now he visits people in hospitals, and helps them feel better. Stem cell therapy has helped Rio’s quality of life, allowing him to enhance the lives of others
- Sherrie Osborne & Rio the therapy dog