Medical science advances in human medicine translate into new treatment options for pets. Stem Cell therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) are two of the newer advancements that we can use to improve the quality of life and comfort of dogs and cats.
Stem cells found in the fat tissue of dogs are adult stem cells that have the ability to differentiate into many different cell types. When there is an injury or inflammation, the body naturally recruits the type of cells it needs to help with healing. When you introduce stem cells in that situation, your dog or cat’s body develops them into their type of cell needed for that injury.
To use stem cells, your pet would undergo a brief period of anesthesia so that a small amount of fat can be surgically removed. The fat sample is then processed to isolate and activate the stem cells. The result is a solution of concentrated active stem cells that can be injected into your pet to speed and improve healing.
Stem cell therapy is most commonly used for osteoarthritis and ligament/tendon injuries. Recently, there have been cases showing its effectiveness for degenerative myelopathy, spinal trauma, gingivitis/stomatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, certain autoimmune conditions and even liver and kidney disease.
Platelets are a component of blood that are best known for allowing wounds to clot. These platelets also contain certain proteins and growth factors that can kick start tissue healing and decrease inflammation. PRP is a concentrated dose of these beneficial components. Platelet rich plasma starts by taking a sample of blood from your pet. That sample is spun in a centrifuge in a special collection tube that allows the extremely platelet dense portion to be separated from the rest of the blood. The PRP sample can then be injected into your pet’s injured joint or made into a gel that can be applied to wounds or burns.
One of the biggest benefits of stem cell and PRP treatments is that they can reduce or eliminate your pet’s need for pain medications and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These drugs can have adverse side effects or are not safe for pets with certain disease conditions. Since both the stem cells and PRP come from your own pet, there is no risk of reaction or adverse effects. Stem cells can also be banked or stored at the processing facility so if your pet needs additional injections in the future, he/she will not need to undergo another collection procedure.
For more information on Stem Cell Therapy and PRP, check out MediVet Biologics website at https://ardentanimalhealth.com/contact-us/ or call 386-761-2220 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Zuker to discuss how these treatments can benefit your pet.