Pet Stem Cell Therapy
For Pets with Pain and Lameness
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cells are powerful healing cells in your body that can become other types of cells. There are many adult stem cells in fat tissue, however they are inactive. Stem cell therapy allows us to isolate stem cells from an animal's own fat tissue, activate them, and reinject them directly into damaged areas. For example, in the case of arthritis, stem cells become new cartilage cells, thus reducing pain and increasing mobility.
What is so great about Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cells treat the source of the problem by becoming new tissue to replace damaged tissue. Other treatments, such as NSAIDs, merely attempt to reduce symptoms. The treatment is very low risk, because it uses the animal's own stem cells. With current technology, over 95% of animals treated show improvement.
How long has this been available?
Stem cell therapy for animals has been commercially available since 2004. MediVet started selling their kits in the US in 2010, to clinics on the mainland, and thousands of animals have been treated around the world.
I've heard about other stem cell companies. Which one is best?
For pet owners, there are two main advantages to MediVet. First, the processing is all done in our hospital, so you don't need to worry about losing your sample during shipping or the sample heating up and getting damaged. Also, MediVet allows us to do the entire procedure in one day, making it very convenient for you and your pet.
While all companies are equally safe, MediVet has the highest reported success
rate of greater than 95%. When comparing side by side, veterinarians chose MediVet
because of the superior results.
Is it safe?
Yes, this procedure is very safe. The biggest risk is using anesthesia to surgically remove
the fat tissue. Fat removal is less involved and safer than spaying a dog.
What happens to my pet when they come in for stem cell therapy?
First, your pet will be placed under general anesthetic. Then, a small skin incision will be made and 2-4 tablespoons of fat will be collected (either in the belly or behind the shoulder blades). Then the sample will be processed right in the clinic, using MediVet equipment. After about 3 hours, the cells are ready for injection into the damaged
areas. In addition, some cells are administered IV. For the administration step, your pet will be lightly sedated. You can pick up your pet later that same day.
What is the recovery period, and how long does it take to see results?
We recommend that the patient be kept quiet for the first 10 days. Then, while they may feel a lot better, you will need to be careful so your pet doesn't injure themselves until they build up some of their muscles. Swimming and walking in water is great therapy. We typically see improvement starting after 3 weeks, and then continuing up to around 2 months.
What conditions do you treat?
Our typical patient has osteoarthritis (hip dysplasia, degenerative joint disease, calcifications, common degeneration and inflammation), soft tissue injuries (cruciate injuries, tears, ruptures, inflammation), or needs accelerated healing of fractures. We know a lot about these conditions, and over 95% of these patients get better, with MediVet's Stem Cell Therapy. Ongoing stem cell therapy research has demonstrated effectiveness in the treatment of other diseases.
We also treat other cases under "compassionate use". We know less about these conditions, but are seeing some exciting results. Some of those conditions are: degenerative myelopathy, feline gingivitis, end-stage renal disease, liver and kidney failure, allergy, auto-immune, inflammatory bowel disease, pulmonary fibrosis, IMHA, atopy, and spine trauma. Please talk to us if you have questions about any of these conditions.
How long does a treatment last? What happens if my pet starts having trouble again?
We typically see about 1-3 years of relief after the initial treatment. Most
pet owners choose to bank cells, so retreatment is easy. If symptoms return, we merely
request a dose of cells from the bank, and retreat your pet. No surgery is
Are there any animals that you don't treat?
Yes. Because we don't know exactly what happens when cancer patients
are treated with stem cells based on human studies, we do not treat those patients who have or have had cancer.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please call us to schedule an initial consultation.