What Pet Owners Need to Know About Stem Cells

Stem Cell Therapy for Pets

Stem cells are special cells that can make more of themselves as they duplicate. In the right conditions, these cells can turn into tissue or organ repair cells, like little helping hands for your furry friends. Most of the time, they can replace dead and damaged tissue as they reproduce and turn into the required cells. As conditions become more specific, stem cell division and replacement becomes trickier. This form of regenerative medicine is more likely to help certain damaged areas more, like the stomach, digestive tract, and bones. 

How Stem Cell Therapy is Performed

Your veterinarian will take a small sample from your pet, which VetBiologics can also bank. This means one tissue collection can result in multiple treatments for your four-legged friend. As stem cells can turn into blood vessels, bone, heart, cartilage, fat, ligament, liver, muscle, nerve, and tendon tissues, there are many places where these cells can work. A veterinary professional obtains these stem cell samples from the bone marrow or adipose (fat) tissue in animals such as horses, dogs, and cats.

Stem Cell Banking for Your Pet

We offer stem cell banking so your dog, horse, or cat can receive multiple treatments from just one sample retrieval. This means we house your pet’s stem cells in a safe, local area for the next time a treatment is needed. If no further treatments are needed, we keep your animal’s stem cells for possible future need, so you know that VetBiologics always has you and your pet covered.

Frequently Asked Questions

What conditions can be treated?

Osteoarthritis, bone injuries, spinal cord injuries, kidney and liver disease, heart disease, and inflammation in the gut and skin are some of the most common ailments that can be treated with stem cell therapy.

What conditions can be treated?

Osteoarthritis, bone injuries, spinal cord injuries, kidney and liver disease, heart disease, and inflammation in the gut and skin are some of the most common ailments that can be treated with stem cell therapy.

Will it help my pet?

You need to discuss your pet’s condition with your veterinarian. While stem cells are powerful and filled with potential, whether stem cell therapy is right for your pet depends on factors like breed, age, any previous treaments and response to such treatments, duration, and severity of the disease, as well as any risk for anesthesia or sedation. VetBiologics can help determine if your pet is a suitable candidate for stem cell therapy.

How long does it take to work?

This, again, depends on many factors, all based on your pet. No two pets are alike. Some patients can improve within several days, and some may take a few weeks. Stem cell therapy can be repeated as needed.

What animals can be treated?

A variety of animals can be helped by the power of stem cells, like horses, dogs, and cats. Your animal may qualify. You would need to discuss stem cell therapy as a treatment option with your veterinarian. 

Is it safe? How does it work?

The stem cells are your pet’s own unique cells. There is very little risk of any side effects or reaction. Injections always carry a minor risk of inflammation or infection. Your veterinarian is able to discuss any risks specific to your pet before treatment.

Once your pet has a definitive diagnosis and your pet has been chosen as a suitable candidate for the procedure, there are only three steps:

  1. Fat is collected from your dog, horse, or cat in the groin or shoulder. This procedure is minimally invasive and done under anesthesia, normally.
  2. Fat cells get transferred to VetBiologics, where we extract the stem cells and then may also store them for later use or additional treatments.
  3. Stem cells are injected into the area of disease, injury, or inflammation, like the hip or knee, also done under anesthesia.

Minimal care is required after the collection and injection. Support your pet as normal. Side effects are minor and usually those that accompany any injection to your pet.

Contact Us

Vetbiologics

jradiche@vetbiologics.com
13794 NW 4th Street Suite 212 Sunrise, FL 33325, United States
tel: 954-835-1500