Sysel said the stem cell therapy is effective in dogs, cats and horses.
"They're basically returned to a much more comfortable and higher quality of life," she said.
For Bobby Bennett, owner of Cody, the Labrador retriever, that's exactly what he wants. For the past three years, Cody has suffered from hip dysplasia, arthritis and inflammation.
"It's difficult to see him struggle," Bennett said.
Although Cody has been unable to participate in his favorite activity — playing ball — Bennett is optimistic this therapy will change that.
"I'm hoping that he becomes 80 percent of what he used to be," he said.
Two additional dogs were scheduled to undergo the procedure Tuesday. Each will return after 10 to 14 days to have the staples from their incision removed and for an initial recheck, followed by visits at 30-, 60- and 90-day intervals to evaluate their progress.
"Usually after the first recheck, 80 percent of people say, 'My pet's doing a lot better,'" Sysel said.