If your golden retriever suffers from arthritis, there is a fairly new procedure that may be an option. Stem cell treatment is far less expensive and invasive then joint replacement surgery.
Stem cell therapy involves taking stem cells from a part of the dogs’ body, harvesting them and re-injecting them into the affected area.
Depending on where you live the procedure costs around $2000. According to the following article, results are almost instant.
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