Experimental drug offers hope to dogs with spinal cord injuries

Dr. Jay Griffin and Beanie the paralyzed Dachshund who walks with wheels

Dr. Jay Griffin with Beanie: Researchers hope that Illomostat may help dogs avoid paralysis if it can be administered within hours of an injury’s occurrence

Dachshunds are one of the breeds most susceptible to spinal cord injuries so it’s a great to hear about a promising drug trial that may mean fewer wiener dogs in wheelchairs.

At the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, in a study funded by the U.S. Department of Defense with a $750,000 grant, the drug Illomostat is being given to short-legged, long-torso dog breeds like dachshunds, beagles and corgis in the hopes that if it is successful it can eventually be used on humans who suffer  trauma to the spinal cord.

MSNBC has the details including the story of Beanie, a wheelchair-bound Dachshund whose veterinarian owner works at Texas A&M.

4 thoughts on “Experimental drug offers hope to dogs with spinal cord injuries

  1. Tânia B. Nielsen

    My oldest dachshund, now 13 years old, had spinal injuries, but did recover her ability to walk with physiotherapy only. But I do know that is not what always happens, and I worry about my two other dachshunds. I’m pleased to know there is such a drug being tested, and I do hope that it proves to be effective.

  2. ilene pollack

    My dachshund Sabretta had to have spinal surgery. That was 12/16/15. She is still paralyzed in rear legs and has minimal control over excretory system. I am doing my best to try to rehabilitate her with swimming, physical therapy, etc. This is a daily commitment and it is wearing me thin. A drug to give her back her quality if life would be an answer to our prayers.

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