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STEM CELL THERAPY
Stem cell therapy is a method of introducing healthy cells into damaged tissues and stimulating them to heal and repair themselves. Stem cell therapy has been part of human medicine for decades, and has recently become an option for veterinary patients, especially as a treatment for osteoarthritis.
Stem cell therapy involves surgically collecting a small amount of body fat (approximately the size of a 50p coin) from beneath the skin during a short general anaesthetic. A veterinary tissue laboratory isolates the stem cells from the fat sample, and grows them in culture until they build up adequate numbers. They are then returned to us in a sterile culture medium ready for injection into the joint. A significant decrease in pain and lameness is usually seen within 3-4 weeks, and can last anywhere from 6 months to several years.
Our very own dog Dino has quite severe hip dysplasia, diagnosed when he was only 5 years old. For such a lively spaniel, who is happiest when running around for hours, this was a devastating diagnosis. His lifestyle changed dramatically and despite medication, physio/hydrotherapy, and acupuncture by the time he was 8 years old Dino could only cope with one 20 minute slow lead walk per day. Frankly, he was one sad little dog. After doing a lot of research, we decided to try stem cell therapy, and we are thrilled with the results! Three weeks after the treatment he was running around like a puppy again, with no trace of the limp which had plagued him for years, and his massive doggy grin was firmly back in place!
We are very pleased to be able to offer stem cell therapy as minimally invasive option for treating arthritis in both dogs and cats.