Can your pet be helped by stem cell therapy?
Stem cell therapies are being used to help animals with many different problems, but currently the strongest evidence for the use of stem cell injections in veterinary medicine is for the management of pain and disability due to osteoarthritis (OA), tendon injuries and other joint problems.
We recommend that you talk to your vet about your pet's health problems and that you discuss the possibility of using more conventional treatments, before you decide whether or not your pet is suitable to receive stem cell injections.
AdiShot therapy (for dogs) and StemShot (for horses) is prepared in our laboratory for individual animals following a request from your veterinary clinic and all surgeries and injections are administered under their clinical supervision.
What is AdiShot therapy?
And what is StemShot?
AdiShot is a unique stem cell therapy that can be used to relieve pain and disability in OA and other joint problems in dogs and cats. StemShot is our specialised stem cell therapy for musculoskeletal injuries and joint problems in horses.
Using state-of-the-art technology, an animal’s own stem cells can be isolated and prepared from a small sample of his/her fatty tissue taken from under the skin. Your vet will perform a simple surgery to remove some fat (about one teaspoonful) and to take a blood samples from your pet.
In our laboratory, your pet’s stem cells will be cultured and nurtured to ensure they are actively growing and healthy – and when they reach their peak, our stem cell team will produce a tailor-made therapy especially for each pet.
What are the potential benefits?
Reduced levels of pain, improved mobility, less difficulty when arising and increased willingness to run and play have all been reported for animals treated with stem cell therapy for their osteoarthritis. Reduced lameness and lower re-injury rates have been reported in treated tendinopathies.
The effects have been shown to improve over time with the best results achieved two to three months after administration of the therapy. Several studies have shown these effects to be long lasting – for at least 6 months and up to 2 years. Many dogs are able to reduce their reliance on pain relief medication during this time.
What are stem cells and how do they work?
Adult stem cells occur naturally in the body and have the ability to self-renew together with the potential to change into a range of different tissue types including muscle, tendon, cartilage and bone.
These cells are essentially the body’s own repair kit! They move to damaged tissue, where they act to reduce inflammation and pain, prevent further tissue damage and can promote active tissue regeneration.
Information and Advice from Independent Experts
Hannah Capon and her amazing team - and her gorgeous dog Holly - at Canine Arthritis Management offer unique and important advice about how to reduce disability and pain - and how to improve quality of life for pets with arthritis. They are completely independent and want to help you; they will answer your questions by email and facebook and provide advice to help both you and your Best Friend.
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