Top 3 Stem Cell Therapy FAQs
Stem cell therapy is an innovative application of cutting-edge technology to help dogs and cats with diseases including osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia. Our Houston veterinarian has had great success using stem cell therapy in older pets to treat chronic pain from osteoarthritis and improve quality of life. Stem cell therapy for pets can also be beneficial for accelerating the body’s healing process following a soft tissue injury to ligaments and tendons.
Houston Texas Stem Cell Therapy
Could stem cell therapy at our Houston Texas animal hospital be right for your pet’s health needs? Below, our Houston veterinarian Dr. Dan Ahrens answers your top questions about stem cell therapy in pets:
- What is Veterinary Stem Cell Therapy? Veterinary stem cell therapy uses your pet’s own cells to stimulate internal healing. During the treatment, pets are anesthetized and approximately two tablespoons of fat removed from a pet’s shoulder blade or abdomen. Following this removal, our veterinarian will isolate the regenerative stem cells from the fat. Your pet’s own stem cells are then injected directly into the affected area. For example, we may inject the stem cells into an injured joint where a ligament or tendon injury needs support healing.
- Is Stem Cell Therapy Safe? Yes, veterinary stem cell therapy is safe and effective. Since this is considered a minor surgical procedure, our veterinarian will complete a full diagnostic exam and blood work in advance to determine that it is safe to perform this procedure on your pet. We will run a CBS and autoimmune panel on your pet prior to the procedure and monitor your pet with ECG and pulse oximetry during treatment.
- How Quickly Will My Pet Recover? Most pets over the age of 8 respond positively to dog stem cell therapy treatment. Pets who have been suffering pain from chronic osteoarthritis experience a dramatic improvement in condition and quality of life. If your pet has sustained a soft tissue injury, we recommend treatment within 60 days of the initial injury for optimal patient outcomes.