Steeplechase Veterinary Hospital is proud to be involved with the newly emerging field of stem cell therapy. The stem cells are derived from adipose, or fat, tissue. This is not the same as embryonic stem cells derived from embryos, which have been at the root of so much controversy in stem cell therapy.
Your pet will have the adipose, or fat tissue, removed under general anesthesia. Then they undergo a process that will extract the adult stem cells from the adipose. The stem cells are then injected into the injury site in order to facilitate healing.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy is the application of stem cells to treat various disease conditions including arthritis, ligament rupture and hip dysplasia. These cells are undifferentiated live cells that can divide to produce more stem cells and can differentiate into specialized normal body cells. Therefore, application of these cells in damaged body parts induce regeneration and help in repair of the damaged tissue.
How Safe Is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy is considered to be safe as stem cells are taken from and returned back to the same pet. Therefore, there is minimum risk of hypersensitivity reactions after injection of stem cells in body.
Why Is Stem Cell Therapy So Important for My Pet?
Stem cell therapy will provide long-term anti-inflammatory effects, decrease pain and healing of damaged tissue therefore improve quality of life. Importantly stem cell therapy provides long term relief to affected animals and the results last from 1 year to 5 years. You will see improvements (e.g. pain relief, healing) few days to a few weeks after the injection.
How does Stem Cell Therapy Procedure Work ?
We obtain stem cells from fatty tissue via a simple surgical procedure. The tissue sample will be processed to obtain highly regenerative stem cells. The stem cells are then delivered back to the dogs and cats at the injury site and with an intravenous (IV) administration.
Dr. Madhukar Lohani
DVM, MVSc, MS, ECFVG, PhD