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Comforting Ellie

December 11, 2010 | 2:54 p.m. CST
Cami Anderson, 10, sits on the floor and comforts her dog Ellie on Friday after veterinarians gave the dog an anesthetic shot, knocking her unconscious before a procedure that will put stem cells into painful joints at the Columbia Pet Hospital. The new procedure, which is done entirely in-clinic, was the first one done in Missouri. It involves removing the animal’s fat cells, separating the stem cells, activating them, and then injecting them into the affected area.

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