New radioactive injection treats osteoarthritis in dogs – The Henry Club

Like humans, older dogs often get osteoarthritis. They may take pain medicine or even have surgery. But a Dauphin County vet is having success with a new radioactive injection. Brian’s owner, Carol Miller, said one of Dr. Jennifer Fletcher’s patients is an 8-year-old English setter Brian, who is finding it difficult to see the poor dog limping so badly on his left leg. This is what was affected. Brian’s owner Ken Miller said, “It rips you in. Fletcher said of the dog that X-rays show advanced osteoarthritis in their elbows — a common problem for larger dogs. “These margins should normally be nice and smooth and clean and there should be a nice clean black line denoting the joint margins. He has none of these due to the level of arthritis,” Fletcher said. Instead of surgery, Brian is receiving a radioactive injection called Synovetin OA. A relatively new treatment eventually kills all inflammation in the joint. “So, instead of suppressing the inflammation, we actually get rid of the inflammation, leaving a happier joint,” Fletcher said. The treat comes in a lead-lined container. Anyone involved in treatment must be radiation safety trained. With a Geiger counter chirping in the background due to radiation, Fletcher and his team have to work on an unconscious Brian. Fletcher takes the syringe out of the lead box and injects a dose of Synovetin that was made just for the patient. “It went very smoothly. The needle went straight into the joint, injected the device, rotated the joint to distribute the synovetin throughout the joint, and she would soon wake up,” Fletcher said. A few hours later, Brian Reunited with their owners. They’re thrilled. “It’s like a miracle for these poor dogs who have this osteoarthritis,” said Carol Miller. Brian got rid of that so-called miracle for a year or more. Dauphin County Animal Hospital charges $2,400 to inject one joint and $3,400 for two joint.

Like humans, older dogs often get osteoarthritis. They may take pain medicine or even have surgery.

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

One of Dr. Jennifer Fletcher’s patients is Brian, an 8-year-old English setter who has difficulty moving.

“Seeing this poor dog limping so badly on his left leg – that’s exactly what was impressed,” said Brian’s owner, Carol Miller.

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

Fletcher said the dog’s X-rays showed advanced osteoarthritis in his elbow — a common problem for larger dogs.

“These margins should normally be nice and smooth and clean and there should be a nice clean black line denoting the joint margin. He doesn’t have anything like that because of the level of arthritis,” Fletcher said.

Instead of surgery, Brian is receiving a radioactive injection called Synovetin OA. A relatively new treatment eventually kills all inflammation in the joint.

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

The treat comes in a lead-lined container. Anyone involved in treatment must be radiation safety trained.

With a Geiger counter chirping in the background due to radiation, Fletcher and his team have to work on an unconscious Brian.

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

“It went very smoothly. The needle went straight into the joint, the device was injected, the joint was rotated to distribute the synovetin throughout the joint, and she would soon wake up,” Fletcher said.

A few hours later, Brian is reunited with his owners. They are thrilled.

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

Brian should be relieved of that so-called miracle for a year or more.

Dauphin County Animal Hospital charges $2,400 to inject a single joint and $3,400 for two joints.