Stem cell therapy for dogs is a relatively new field of veterinary medicine that was inspired by its human counterpart. Much like human stem cell science, canine therapy harvests the cells in the body to help other trouble areas heal, repair, and strengthen for improved wellbeing.
The most common uses of stem cell therapy for dogs is for osteoarthritis. However, it can also help with injuries to:
- Spinal cord
Some research even shows that this form of treatment may be useful for treating dry eye in dogs and stomatitis in cats. With further development, it is likely that this will be an effective way to treat chronic conditions like diabetes, lupus, or even cancer.
At Tampa Bay K9 Rehab Center, Dr. Mark Brown, DVM, CCRP — the first vet in Pinellas County to get his credentials and use stem cell therapy for dogs — can help pets suffering from canine osteoarthritis with healing and repair at a cellular level.
How Stem Cell Therapy for Dogs Works
Your veterinarian will harvest tissue from an area such as bone marrow or fat deposits. The doctor then injects the sample into the problem area, like a knee joint that is suffering because of arthritis. Once in the body, the cells migrate to the area with damage. There, they work to reduce inflammation and pain while encouraging new tissue growth. This is possible because stem cells are essentially blank and become whatever type of cell they need to be. The new tissue is more similar to the original tissue than any scar tissue that would normally develop if the area were to be left untreated would be. This is better for your pet as it prevents painful scar tissue development from causing discomfort and mobility issues.
After the injection, your pet will continue to heal as its body develops more of the necessary cells for tissue healing, repair, and regeneration.
Choosing the Right Clinic for Stem Cell Therapy
When you want the very best professional care and top-of-the-line stem cell therapy for dogs in the Tampa Bay area, rely on Tampa Bay K9 Rehabilitation Center. We offer cutting-edge technology and the perfect blend of science and medicine to help pets from all over the area live happy, healthy lives. To schedule an appointment with a doctor to discuss your pet’s treatment options, call us today at (727) 521-3518 or contact us online.