Kaleigh Peters will tell you that her dog Macy is a typical Doberman. “She’s very smart,” Kaleigh said, adding how the 8-year-old pup loves people, knows lots of tricks, is great with kids and was easy to train.

Unfortunately, Macy has a history of chronic lameness that worsened after activity, causing her to limp. Concerned, Kaleigh scheduled an appointment for Macy with the Veterinary Medical Center’s Orthopedic Service, where she was diagnosed with osteoarthritis.

Kaleigh, also a veterinary student at The Ohio State University, was offered several treatment options from the orthopedic surgeon, including placing Macy in a clinical trial for dogs with osteoarthritis aiming to decrease inflammation in the affected joints. Kaleigh decided to go this route in hopes of delaying the need for Macy to undergo surgery. In the study, blood was collected from Macy, processed, and then a protein solution created from this blood was injected into her joint. 

“As a veterinary student, I am interested in orthopedics and did some research,” Kaleigh explained. “Dr. Audrey Wanstrath’s study was perfect for Macy. I knew that it might make her more comfortable…Plus, if the procedure worked, we would learn something that could help more dogs in the future.”

With one of the largest Clinical Trials Offices in the country, there are often studies like this one that may offer new treatments that are not available elsewhere. 

“I am thrilled with how well she has done in this study,” Kaleigh said. “She [Macy] is doing really well.”

Feb. 11, 2015