June 17th, 2014 | Regenerative Therapy
As humans, we know that our bodies are powerful machines with the innate ability to heal themselves under the right conditions. What many people don’t realize is that our beloved pets have the same power. When it comes to regenerative therapy for dogs, sometimes better known as stem cell therapy, the body takes its own cells and proteins to promote healing for ailments in tissues and ligaments throughout the body.
If your dog has a tendon or joint injury, regenerative therapy may be the answer for their treatment. With the assistance of Therapeutic PRP (platelet rich plasma) the dog’s ability to heal itself will be expedited. Adult stem cells, not to be confused with embryonic stem cells, are healthier because the “host” of the cell is not destroyed, as it is with the embryos.
Stem cell therapy is useful because these cells have the power to create multiple types of tissue, which is called differentiation—making it a great treatment for:
Tendon and joint injuries
These treatments will use the dog’s fat tissue for cells.
Our Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, Dr. Mark Brown, will work with you and your furry friend step by step to first decide whether or not this treatment is the best approach. If it is, we will continue with a very minor procedure to get the tissue—usually taken from the abdomen.
Next, we will extract stem cells from the fat tissue. At Tampa Bay K9 Rehab, we have an on-site laboratory in which we can manipulate the tissue samples. Once the stem cells have been extracted, Dr. Brown will isolate them and then proceed with the injection process as quickly as possible, as these cells have a pretty short lifespan.
The doctor then injects the cells directly into the problem area. It is highly unlikely the cells will be rejected since it is coming from your dog’s own body.
At Tampa Bay K9 Rehab, we know how much your pet means to you. The last thing you want is to see them in pain. This kind of stem cell therapy and treatment reduces overall pain, giving them fewer difficulties from day to day. This leads to a happier, healthier pet.
We offer post-op assistance and continue to make sure your dog is getting the best treatment possible. To schedule a consultation, or to get more information about regenerative therapy for dogs, fill out our contact form or give us a call at (727) 677-9500.