Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy in companion animals is quickly becoming a recommended alternative for chronic pain medication to treat arthritis.
How does it work?
An anesthetic procedure is utilized to collect several vials of adipose tissue (fat) from within the abdominal cavity. These are then sent for processing and the resulting stem cells are injected into the affected joints.
What is the benefit?
Studies have shown a significant reduction in dependency on pain medication that can have long-term systemic effects. Many pets cannot take these chronic medications and this allows relief from painful arthritis without the use of medication.
Is it safe?
Our clinic has VetStem certified veterinarians who have received training in this process. The anesthesia procedure is quick and treated with every care and precaution as a longer procedure.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is a process that helps accelerate internal healing by increasing the biological signals that would occur when the body’s platelets move to the site of an injury. When we inject PRP into a joint, it releases more of the growth factors that would naturally occur, which encourages stem cells to move into the area and stimulate the repair process. PRP is often used in conjunction with stem cell therapy but can be done as a single treatment in the clinic with minor sedation if stem cells are not used.
Shockwave Therapy, or ESWT, uses acoustic energy directed to targeted treatment areas of an animal’s body. Much like a high-powered ultrasound machine, the soundwaves trigger the body’s repair mechanisms, enabling healing and long-term improvement of a variety of conditions.
In shockwave therapy, high-intensity sound waves interact with the tissues of the body, leading to the development of fresh blood vessels and reversal of chronic inflammation.
What can it treat?
- Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Tendon & Ligament Injuries
- Back Pain
- Chronic Non-Healing Wounds