Vet-Stem or regenerative stem cell therapy is a process which uses your own animals’ natural healing cells from fat tissue. These stem cells are capable of turning into or differentiating into a variety of tissue types including tendon, ligament, bone, cartilage, and muscle and have been proven to reduce
pain and inflammation.
Stem cells or specifically mesenchymal stem cells are harvested from fat tissue. The fat tissue is sent to the Vet-Stem laboratory, where the stem cells are isolated and extra cells banked for future use. The cells are sent back to be injected into the areas of concern.
Current uses of stem cell therapy in dogs are:
1. Arthritis-hip, knee, elbow and shoulder joints.
2. Polyarthritis-multiple joints affected
3. Orthopedic/Soft tissue-tendon and ligament injuries
4. Post operative-hip, elbow, knee and shoulder surgeries to reduce inflammation, speed healing and decrease pain.
Certain instances where stem cell therapy may be helpful are: if your dog is no longer responding to NSAID therapy, if orthopedic surgery has been deemed not helpful, if there is polyarthritis, ligament or tendon injury, and if you are looking for a more natural and holistic approach to your pet’s therapy. Since these cells are harvested from your pet’s own tissue, rejection reactions do not occur.
It has been reported that approximately 80% of dogs have had a slight to significant response to stem cell therapy. The reported duration of effect is 3-24 months.
If you would like more information on regenerative stem cell therapy, feel free to contact us at the clinic, or visit the Vet-Stem website for animal owners.