Veterinary stem cell therapy can be used to treat pets suffering from a range of conditions, including osteoarthritis. Today, our vets in Tumwater explain how this therapy can help promote healing, relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
What is the stem cell therapy process for pets?
With veterinary stem cell therapy, stem cells are drawn from your pet’s (or another animal of the same species) bone marrow, fat or umbilical cord to help heal an injury or ailment.
The veterinarian will inject stem cells into the injured, diseased or damaged area of your pet’s body, where the stem cells will actively work to replace and repair damaged or dead tissue. This treatment can also reduce pain and inflammation, and promote new tissue growth.
What is stem cell therapy used to treat?
At Tumwater Veterinary Hospital, stem cell therapy falls under the category of regenerative medicine. It can be used to treat a range of injuries, conditions and diseases in both dogs and cats with stem cell therapy. Some of the most common injuries and ailments treated include:
- Fractured bones
- Oral disease in cats (stomatitis)
- Kidney and liver disease
- Spinal cord injuries
- Damaged ligaments
Is stem cell therapy right for your pet?
Even veterinary professionals who have experience providing stem cell therapy may find it challenging to predict results for your pet. While many pets do well with this type of therapy, they may relapse later. Others will benefit from remarkable, lasting improvements in their health.
Your vet can assess your pet’s overall condition, breed, age, previous treatment and response history, severity and duration of symptoms, and sedation risk. The laboratory supplying the stem cells will also have input into determining suitability for stem cell therapy.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.