The most recent evidence
Stem cell therapies have been shown to improve clinical signs of canine OA, to promote healing in tendinopathies and improve the structural damage caused by the disease.
In canine hip OA, mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) therapy has been shown to produce superior efficacy results when compared with PRP in a randomised controlled study.
The following randomised, placebo-controlled clinical study in moderate to severe canine OA was published in September 2016 by Robert Harman et al. This article describes the most robust clinical evidence to date – and demonstrates evidence of a significant clinical effect following a single injection of allogeneic, culture –expanded stem cells in moderate to severe canine OA.
Significant clinical improvements in healing have been found in dogs with shoulder tendinopathies(ST) following stem cell-PRP treatment. This protocol has been reported as promising for dogs with ST, especially those who have failed to respond to conservative management and rehabilitation therapy. Canapp et al, Sept 2016.
This review by Prof John Innes and Dr Ben Walton looks at the pre-clinical and early clinical data investigating the role of stem in small animal medicine. The authors have drawn teh following conclusion:
“Interest in MSCs is set to continue. In small animal orthopaedics at least, perhaps the most promising application is in the treatment of joint disease."
Orthopaedic veterinary specialist, Assistant Professor Karen Perry, published a review in April 2016 in which she examined extensive literature on the use of stem cell injections for degenerative joint disease.
This review concluded that “current evidence supports the use of stem cells in (OA) patients that have failed to respond adequately to more conventional therapies” and “may offer an option whereby (salvage) surgical management can either be delayed or avoided without condemning the patient to a life of ongoing discomfort”. www.vettimes.co.uk/article/using-cellular-therapies-for-canine-joint-treatment-part-1
Interestingly, the author only describes the availability of adipose-derived “ same day” or Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF) therapy and does not discuss the important differences between SVF and culture-expanded stem cell therapy. Our company only provides stem cell therapies using cells grown in culture – for the many reasons described in the poster attached below “ Stem Cell Therapies are Not all the Same”