Stem cells are powerful healing cells in your pet’s body that can become other types of cells. There are many adult stem cells in fat tissue. Stem cell therapy allows us to isolate stem cells from your animal’s own (autologous) fat tissue, wake them up, and reintroduce them directly into damaged areas. For example, in the case of osteoarthritis, stem cells can become new cartilage cells and have natural anti-inflammatory properties thus reducing pain and increasing mobility.
Check out Malibu’s story. This video provides a great overview of the process, and it also is representative of the results we see with our cases here at Suncoast Vet Emergency & Specialty Services.
The first peer-reviewed, double-blinded, multicenter study for adipose-derived stem cell therapy use in canine osteoarthritis of the hip showed significant improvement in all post-treatment evaluation times for lameness, pain, and range of motion. Similar results have been obtained for canine elbows and stifles.