Pet Stem Cell Therapy
For Pets with Pain and Lameness
Pet stem cell therapy (or "Veterinary regenerative medicine") is a very exciting and highly effective method for treating arthritis and other musculoskeletal diseases in dogs and cats. This therapy is now available to pets with chronic orthopedic problems of the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow and even wrist and ankle. The procedure requires absolutely no embryonic tissue: that is because the stem cells can be harvested from the dog or cat's own fat. A very simple surgery to remove a small amount of fat (about 1 tablespoonful) lying just under the skin behind the dog's or cat's shoulder blade can be quickly performed while the pet is under light anesthesia.
Due to new breakthrough technology, the entire procedure is performed with only one visit to our hospital. This eliminates the previous need for veterinarians to use an outside laboratory – now the surgically obtained fat can be processed in our clinic and re-injected into the patient within 3 hours after surgery.
Stem Cells, which are the repair cells of the body, are harvested from the patient's own fat, and then injected into the affected joint and also intravenously. After entering the joint, these stem cells can transform into connective tissue which will help to strengthen damaged muscle, tendons, ligaments, joint capsules, joint cartilage and fractures and, consequently this therapy is very successful at treating osteoarthritis.
This therapy significantly decreases pain within 2-3 weeks, even though the actual regeneration of tissue is slower and occurs over months. So far, the therapy has been shown to provide years of relief. If your pet has been in pain and is suffering from a chronic debilitation orthopedic problem which has not responded to conventional therapies, then we encourage you to look into "pet stem cell therapy" as a way of providing your companion with long term pain relief and an improvement in both quantity and quality in his or her life.