Veterinary Stem Cell Therapy: Advanced Treatment Options for Pets
All Pets Animal Hospital is committed to providing the most up-to-date medical technology for the benefit of Katy’s pets. As part of that commitment, we are pleased to offer platelet-rich plasma stem cell therapy treatment options for arthritis and to promote healing in damaged joints.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are basically cells that have not determined what type of cell they are going to be or what role they will play in the body. They might become muscle cells, bone cells, nerve cells, or any other kind of cell in the body depending on where they are located and the chemical factors and need present.
Where do the stem cells come from?
For all of our procedures, the stem cells come directly from the pet themselves, so there is no need for a donor. This allows the pet to benefit from the stem cells without any risk of rejecting them: the cells are their own and their body recognizes and accepts them.
How does stem cell therapy work?
With stem cell therapy, an animal’s own stem cells are collected—in this case from their plasma through taking a blood sample. Using a centrifuge that spins down the sample, the blood is separated into its different parts according to weight. The stem cells are concentrated through this process and then can be reintroduced at the site of the wound or in the joint where the healing is needed.
Once back in the body, the stem cells differentiate, which means they become a specific type of cell that is needed in that area and, as a result, healing time is greatly shortened and the healing is enhanced.
How do I find out more?
The veterinarians and technicians of All Pets Animal Hospital are always happy to answer questions. Please feel free to contact us to determine if stem cell therapy could benefit your pet.