Stem Cell Therapy
Belle Mead Animal Hospital offers same day MediVet stem cell therapy for dogs and cats suffering from osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia and other degenerative diseases.
Stem cells are the repair cells in the body. This all natural therapy can lengthen and rejuvenate the quality of life of pets suffering from these diseases. The stem cells reduce inflammation and pain and help to re-build bone and soft tissue. The stem cells will continue healing from weeks to months. The benefits generally last a year or more without the need for pain medication or NSAIDS. Many patients are showing benefits for a number of years.
In cases of severe disease, some patients benefit from re-treatment later. Cells from the initial procedure can be cryogenically preserved for future treatments, eliminating the need for additional surgery.
Adipose stem cell technology uses the animal’s own adult stem cells from its fat tissue to heal and repair. The method is extremely safe. Many pet insurance companies cover up to 80% of the cost of a stem cell therapy procedure.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, has been used to help treat conditions that involve tendons, ligaments, joint injuries, and muscle, which in general have a slow healing time. Almost everyone knows that platelets help blood to clot, but platelets also have the ability to stop inflammation, clean up and remove dead cells, and release growth factors. The release of growth factors is what helps to make tissue regeneration possible, bring healing, and why PRP works.
PRP is obtained from blood that is drawn directly from the patient. Through a special centrifugation process (spinning down of blood) a portion of the blood is separated to where the platelet concentration is more abundant than what is found in normal blood. The entire process to create PRP takes about an hour and can be given that same day.
The final PRP product is an injectable form. Because it was created from the patient’s own blood, there is no risk of rejection. When injected into the damaged area(s), the cells within the body are stimulated to bring in new healthy cells and to bring about an accelerated healing time.
Platelet Rich Plasma is automatically a part of the stem cell package, but injections can also be done alone, without the injection of stem cells. Platelet Rich Plasma is a great option for our older patients who want to avoid multiple anesthetic events in one day, or for younger patients with acute injuries.
For additional information, please visit MediVet Biologics for Pet Owners online for more details about stem cell therapy for your pet.