Stem cell therapy is cutting edge technology in veterinary medicine. Stem cells are important in that they have the potential to develop into one of many cell types (tendon, bone, nerve, muscle, etc.). Stem cells can be harvested from fat (addipose tissue). The cells are then grown and stored for use. Treatment typically involves injecting the stem cells into the affected joint(s). The stem cells do not replace / repair the damaged cartilage or bone. The stem cells turn into tissues that help repair damage and create an environment for natural healing. Stem cells also block pain signals, reduce inflammation, and limit scar tissue formation. No significant adverse events have been reported. Studies report dogs can be sore for the first few days after the injection.
Stem cell therapy has been effectively used for :
- Osteoarthritis and joint issues
- Tendon and ligament injuries
- Pain, inflammation, and muscle disease
Stem cell therapy is also being evaluated for the treatment of medical diseases, such as:
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Immune mediated diseases
Please contact us if you are interested in having your dog participate in these studies.
Thousands of dogs and horses worldwide have received stem cell treatment. Some dogs treated in the clinical trials were able to completely give up their daily non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications, and many others were able to reduce their daily dose just 90 days after treatment.
Owner surveys and results have been reviewed.
Studies have shown that 80% of dogs showed an improved quality of life: Greater range of motion of affected joints, less obvious signs of pain, less difficulty rising and walking, and reduced need for ongoing anti-inflammatory medications, and happier and more energetic pets.
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Watch a short video to see how a dog named Malibu responded to stem cell therapy.