You’ve likely heard of stem cell therapy for people, and the amazing potential it has. However, did you know that stem cell therapy is now available for pets? Here, an East College Park, Saskatchewan vet discusses this modern medical treatment.
What Are Stem Cells?
In a nutshell, stem cells are cells that are ‘blank pages.’ These cells can develop into many different types of cells, such as blood vessels, bones, cardiac tissue, fat, ligaments, liver tissue, muscles, nerves, or tendons. This versatility makes stem cell therapy particularly beneficial. Stem cells can be used to heal damaged tissue, soothe pain, promote new tissue growth, and reduce inflammation, and, in veterinary medicine, to help improve pets’ range of motion. They have also been shown to have high potential for treating several medical conditions, such as leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood disorders.
How Can Stem Cell Therapy Help Pets?
Stem cell therapy may help reduce lameness and joint pain in pets, and is often used to treat dogs with osteoarthritis. The treatments can be utilized to treat bone/joint injuries, certain spinal cord injuries, and damaged tendons or ligaments. In the future, stem cell therapy may also be used to help pets with chronic diseases, autoimmune troubles, liver and kidney problems, and other health issues.
How Does It Work?
The procedure uses stem cells that are taken from bone marrow, umbilical cord blood, or fat. These cells are then cultivated in a lab, and injected into a certain area. Your furry friend’s own stem cells can be used, but it may also be possible to use the cells of another animal.
Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy
One great thing about stem cell therapy is that it’s very safe. The fact that the therapy typically uses your pet’s own stem cells greatly reduces any risk of rejection. Another benefit is that pets only require minimal recovery care. That said, stem cell therapy is not necessarily the best solution for every dog or cat. Every pet is different, and treatment is always offered on a case-by-case basis. If you think your furry buddy may benefit from stem cell therapy, ask your vet for more information. It never hurts to find out more!
Do you have questions about stem cell therapy for pets? Please contact us, your local East College Park, Saskatchewan pet clinic. We are dedicated to providing excellent veterinary care.