Prior to treatment, your dog will undergo a physical exam, an abdominal ultrasound and, if your dog is 9 years or older, he/she will receive chest x-rays to make sure there are no pre-existing abnormalities. Blood and urine samples will be taken and your dog will be assessed for the presence of cataracts, neurologic damage and other diabetes-specific organ damage.
On the day of treatment, your dog will either be briefly anesthetized or adequately sedated. Your dog’s abdomen will be shaved and sterilized and, using ultrasound guidance, a catheter will be used to slowly infuse insulin-producing, sterile cells into your dog’s abdominal cavity. Once treatment is completed, your dog will be carefully monitored until determined to be stable and fully awake. At that time, your dog will be allowed to return home with you.
Your dog will be followed for three years after treatment. You will be required to record your dog’s weight, blood sugar values, insulin dose and food and water intake on a pre-determined schedule. This study requires follow-up appointments at specific times when your dog will receive physical exams, blood testing, and other diagnostic tests necessary to assess how your dog is responding to therapy.