Stem cells are known to boost the body’s healing capability and repair tissue. While a number of promising stem cell therapies are pending approval for use in humans, veterinarians are currently using fat-derived pet stem cell therapy to treat hip dysplasia, arthritis and other joint, ligament, and tendon ailments in pets and companion animals.
This new pet therapy uses stem cells extracted from an animal’s own fat to ease chronic ailments and injuries like arthritis by suppressing inflammation. Additionally, the process has been proven to slow the breakdown of joint tissue. For acute injuries like torn ligaments, pet stem cell therapy has been able to strengthen and even repair damaged tissue.
How stem cell treatment works in dogs, cats and horses:
Veterinarians gather a little of the animal’s fat through a small incision, usually made either behind the shoulder blade or in the belly. Once removed, the animal’s fat is sent to Vet-Stem, where the regenerative stem cells are isolated. The stem cells are then loaded into syringes and sent back to the local veterinarian for immediate injection into the pet’s ailing joints. Because animals receive their own cells, there have been no rejection problems reported.
Dr. Robert Harman, DVM, MPVM, founder and CEO of Vet-Stem says:
“Nearly 300 animals have had the procedure and 85% of those we’ve been able to follow up with have experienced ‘slight to very substantial’ improvement.”
Pet owners who have watched their animals suffer with joint pain can read more about fat-derived pet stem cell therapy at the Vet-Stem website here.
The fat-derived pet stem cell therapy procedure is relatively expensive and may not be right for every animal. As with all pet care, discuss the viability of this option with your veterinarian.
If you are looking for a local veterinarian that is able to provide animal stem cell treatment, visit the Locate a Vet section of the Vet-Stem website here.
Pet owners interested in reading customer testimonials and learning about the potential relief that fat-derived pet stem cell therapy may provide your animal, visit the Vet-Stem website here.
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