Veterinary Specialty Hospital and SymbioCellTech are conducting a new clinical trial using canine stem cells to treat pet dogs with diabetes. SymbioCellTech has developed a novel method for the treatment of canine insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus using canine stem cells. After extensive pre-clinical research, this treatment is now being offered at VSH as an FDA-approved pilot study. The goals of this novel therapy are to: 

  • Free your diabetic dog from frequent blood glucose testing and insulin injections
  • Stop or reduce diabetes-related complications which can impact quality of life and life expectancy (infections; cataracts; nerve, kidney, and other medical problems).

Dr. Julie Fischer, internist at VSH, is leading this study locally, and was recently interviewed on Channel 10 news.


For details and to enroll in the trial, click here.

About Diabetes in Dogs and Cats

Signs & Symptoms of Diabetes

Most dogs with diabetes have a history of increased drinking and urination, with weight loss in the face of an increased appetite. In uncomplicated diabetes, these dogs usually still feel well. When a complication called "ketoacidosis" occurs, most dogs will become quiet ill (vomiting, lethargy, anorexia).

Treatment: Dogs only get Type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes. They don't get Type 2, which can be responsive to weight loss, diet change, improved exercise regimen, etc. Because of that, all diabetic dogs must be treated with injections of insulin, usually twice daily. Cats get both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, but most diabetic cats still need insulin injections. 

Age of Onset: Variable, but almost always this is an adult-onset disease, usually in middle-aged adults or older. Juvenile diabetes occurs in dogs, but is uncommon.

How Many Dogs & Cats?: Diabetes mellitus affects roughly 1 in 300 pet dogs and 1 in 200 pet cats in the United States. 

Long-term Outcome: If meticulously cared for and monitored, diabetic dogs and cats can live for many years. Complications tend to arise when either treatment or monitoring are neglected.