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Stem Cell/PRP Therapy

At Crestview Animal Hospital we offer cutting-edge Stem Cell and Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for your pets. This is an all-natural option that can help dogs and cats suffering from osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, and other degenerative diseases. This therapy can lengthen and greatly improve the quality of life for pets suffering from these debilitating conditions.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cells are the repair cells of the body. Stem cells have the ability to reduce inflammation and pain while helping to rebuild bone and soft tissue. Adipose (fat tissue) provides a rich source of stem cells and can be easily harvested with a quick surgical procedure. The sample is then processed by isolating and activating the stem cells and PRP. When the sample is ready we inject the stem cells directly into the compromised joints. All of this is done here in our hospital in a single day and your pet is back home with you the following day!

Primary Stem Cell Therapy use:

  • Osteoarthritis from injury, trauma, and advanced age (elbow displaysia, hip dysplasia, etc.)
Stem Cell therapy has also been found to benefit a number of other conditions but the scientific data has not been established fully or completed yet. This is called compassionate use.

Compassionate Stem Cell Therapy uses:

  • Atopic Dermatitis-Allergies
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Chronic Kidney Disease

Source: MediVet Biologics (http://medivetbiologics.com/)

What It Is

An all natural option that can help dogs and cats suffering from osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, and other degenerative diseases. Stem cells are the repair cells of the body. When isolated, activated, and re-administered to the patient, stem cells have the capability to reduce inflammation and pain while helping to re-build bone and soft tissue. Adipose (fat tissue) provides a rich source of stem cells and can be easily harvested with a quick surgical procedure. This cutting edge therapy can help lengthen and greatly improve the quality of life for pets suffering from these debilitating diseases.

We Use Acti-Stem Therapy

MediVet’s advanced stem cell therapy uses your pet’s own stem cells for treatment. This is called Autologous Therapy– when the stem cells come from your own body’s tissues. There are no ethical or moral concerns with the use of stem cells from one’s own body as these cells are adult and not embryonic. With MediVet’s advancement in technology we are merely utilizing the body’s own regenerative capabilities with our proprietary treatment.

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, however they are asleep.  MediVet’s Stem Cell therapy allows your vet 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 arthritis, stem cells can become new cartilage cells and have natural anti-inflammatory properties thus reducing pain and increasing mobility.

How It Works

Is Stem Cell Therapy Right For My Pet?

Find Out

In a recent study, 155 canines suffering from moderate to severe osteoarthritis were treated with MediVet’s stem cell therapy. Four independent veterinarians oversaw the study and results. At the end of 90 days, 99% of the canines showed improvements in at least one of the three analyzed categories: lameness score, range of motion score, and pain score. This research combined with many others, validates the use of stem cell therapy for the treatment of numerous ailments.

What happens to my pet when they come in for stem cell therapy?

First, your vet will put your pet under general anesthetic.  Then, he/she will make a small incision and collect 2-4 tablespoons of fat (either in the belly or behind the shoulder blades).  MediVet provides on-site training for each clinic that brings on Stem Cell treatments; the process ensures your pet’s cells will be isolated and activated in a proper manner.

The surgical time requiring anesthesia is typically less than 30 minutes.  The cells are isolated, activated and re-administered on site so that your animal can go home same day.

What is the recovery period, and how long does it take to see results?

We recommend that the patient be limited to activity within the first 10 days.  It is likely your pet will be feeling good and want to exert themselves, however we recommend limiting physical activity so the cells have the ability to work to repair injuries. Improvements are typically seen within the first two weeks and continue improve over the next few months.  Veterinarians report responses from initial treatments lasting 18-24 months.  Rehabilitation Schedule.

What It Does

MediVet’s patented stem cell procedure allows your vet to isolate stem cells from your animal’s own fat tissue, activate them, and reintroduce them directly into the damaged areas all in one visit. The goal of this revolutionary procedure is to provide a potent anti-inflammatory effect promoting cartilage and other tissue regeneration ultimately creating a healthier environment for the affected area. Most importantly, it’s an all-natural approach to healing without the adverse side effects. One example, in the case of arthritis, stem cells can become new cartilage cells, thus reducing pain and increasing mobility.

How long does a treatment last? What happens if my pet starts having trouble again?

We typically see about 18-24 months of relief after the initial treatment and even longer when treatment is sought at earlier stages. Most pet owners chose to bank cells, so re-treatment is easy and cost effective. MediVet has banking facilities in Kentucky, Australia and Europe. If symptoms return, your vet merely requests a dose of cells from the bank, and injects them. No surgery is necessary.

How long has this been available?


Stem cell therapy for animals has been commercially available since 2004.  MediVet pioneered in-clinic treatment options around 2010 and has now successfully treated thousands of animals globally.

Benefits

What is so great about Stem Cell Therapy?


Stem cells treat the source of the problem by becoming new tissue replacing damaged tissue.  Other treatments, such as NSAIDs, merely attempt to reduce symptoms.  The treatment is very low risk, because it uses the animal’s own stem cells.  With MediVet’s technology in a recent study conducted by four independent Veterinarians over 95% of animals treated show improvement. For pet owners, there are two main advantages to MediVet.

155 Canine Study

What conditions do you treat?



Our typical patient has osteoarthritis (hip dysplasia, degenerative joint disease, calcifications, common degeneration and inflammation), soft tissue injuries (cruciate injuries, tears, ruptures, inflammation), or needs accelerated healing of fractures. We know a lot about these conditions, and over 95% of these patients get better, with MediVet’s Stem Cell Therapy.
 We also treat other cases under “compassionate use”. We know less about these conditions, but are seeing some exciting results.

Some of those conditions are: degenerative myelopathy, feline gingivitis, end-stage renal disease, liver and kidney failure, allergy, auto-immune, inflammatory bowel disease, pulmonary fibrosis, IMHA, atopy, and spine trauma. Please talk to your vet if you have questions about any of these conditions or would like to submit your animal for a compassionate use trial.

Is it safe?

Yes, this procedure is very safe.  The biggest risk as in any surgical procedure is using anesthetic, to remove the fat tissue.  On a typical dog, Veterinarians report this procedure is easier than a spay. The fat is collected in about 20 minutes by your vet.  Processing the sample is done carefully by a highly trained Vet tech carefully trained by MediVet.  In the thousands of animals treated, we have not observed any significant negative side-effects from MediVet’s stem cell therapy.

Client/Patient Testimonial: Smudge

Smudge and her 7 littermates were dropped on the side of a road on an island in the Bahamas, outside the gate to a very rudimentary animal shelter. As the runt of the litter and really too young to be away from her mom, Smudge (aka Puppers), was tiny—less than 5 pounds. I showed up to volunteer and saw the litter and the tiny pup who just looked sick and we saved her. Two weeks later she flew back to the US with us. She improved and started to thrive as a normal puppy. At about 7 months of age, she started limping one day in the yard. We took her to the vet. After x-rays which showed nothing abnormal and a thorough exam, we thought she had simply pulled something and treated her with meds and rest. Unfortunately, the limping on her front legs continued intermittently and after more tests and meds, we decided to go to UGA Vet School.

At UGA an MRI revealed a small bone chip in each front elbow. The clinic thought the arthroscopic removal of the bone chips would solve the problem. The results of the surgery were very discouraging, both of the bone chips were removed but they discovered that she had no cartilage in either elbow. Two options were offered: PRP injections to help reduce pain and inflammation or bilateral elbow replacement.

After consulting with my regular veterinarian, and my own research, I decided elbow replacement was not an option. The technology was not far enough advanced for my taste, the surgery painful, the recovery painful and difficult. Not a desirable quality of life, so we decided to try the PRP injection. The first injection was completed at UGA. The procedure was successful in that it did seem to reduce her pain. However, the results were fairly short-lived (less than the 45 days recommended between injections) and it didn’t eliminate it-just reduced it.

About that time, my veterinarian suggested stem cell therapy, which was a much less invasive option than the surgery. At this point, Smudge was on Deramaxx daily and had been for almost six months. The medication helped but did not completely alleviate her pain and she did not have a normal quality of life. In January, we did her first stem cell injection (she was just over 1 year of age. Within 2 weeks she was a different dog. As the elbows continued to improve we were able to discontinue the Deramaxx. Since the treatment, she has continued the PRP injections every 45 days and she is a different dog. She can now run and play with her best friend in the yard, get up without whining and limping, go for walks, and be a normal dog. We have gone from believing she would have a very poor quality of life with a shortened lifespan to believe she will be able to be a ‘normal’ (recognizing that she’s a little goofy-so not quite normal) dog indefinitely. It was, without a doubt, a life-changing treatment for her.

Client/Patient Testimonial: Zeke

I am one of the lead vet techs at Crestview Animal Hospital and the head tech over our Stem Cell and PRP program. I had my 14yr old pitbull, Zeke treated with stem cell therapy because he had severe arthritis in both elbows. I was skeptical about this new treatment in the beginning, but having seen the difference first hand with my own dog, I would definitely recommend this therapy for any dog or cat that is a candidate. Zeke used to be full of life and very exuberant and as the years went by we started to see the changes that can come with age. He had a hard time getting up and down, he struggled with stairs, he would fall down all the time, he started sleeping about 20 hrs a day and became less and less engaged with the family. He was taking an anti-inflammatory drug every day just to make him comfortable but we could tell he was still in pain. We were seriously considering euthanasia but luckily his love of food and his people were what kept us from making that decision earlier. He was always happy to see us when we came home and even though he kept losing weight he still wanted to eat every day.

When I found out we would be getting started with Stem Cell Therapy at work I immediately did as much research as I could and spoke to my doctors at length about it and finally decided to give it a try for Zeke. The harvesting and processing of the samples is all done in house and Zeke got to go home the next day. At first, I didn’t think it was working as he was a little worse for about 3 days and then it was as if someone flipped the switch. He hadn’t been taking his medication for over a week now and he went from barely walking to running! He was running up the stairs and wanting to play with our other dog again. He even started chasing sticks in the yard which he hadn’t done in over a year. Of course, he didn’t regain all of his muscle mass back and he still fell down a lot, mostly because he was going too fast, but he was interacting and moving again. He stopped taking all medications and he was truly a happy dog again! He has since passed on, but I wouldn’t trade that time we got with him for anything. My only regret is I wish I had known about this option a long time ago!



PRP Therapy

Platelets in the blood contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors that aid in the healing of injuries. PRP is a plasma sample that has a concentrated number of platelets and growth factors. By introducing high doses of the body's own healing factors, PRP has the potential to decrease inflammation, speed the healing time, and to a degree, minimize the accumulation of scar tissue. PRP starts with a simple blood draw for your pet and then the sample is processed here and the PRP is ready for use in a few hours.

PRP Therapy uses:

  • Topical wound healing/large burns
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Injections into painful and inflamed joints or tendons
  • Speed healing time from surgeries
If you are interested in learning more or you think your pet may be a candidate for one of these therapies call or come by today and speak directly to one of our doctors. We also encourage you to read more about stem cell and PRP therapy online at www.medivetbiologics.com. Wading through massive amounts of articles can be frustrating and this website contains accurate information and educational resources for pet owners.

Source: MediVet Biologics (http://www.medivetbiologics.com/)

What It Is

Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, is blood plasma that contains concentrated amounts of platelets and growth factors. PRP is a non-surgical and advanced means of providing high doses of the body’s own healing factors directly to the area where they are needed.

How does it work?

Platelet Rich Plasma is a trending topic in human sports orthopedic medicine. Used for sports injuries as many wear and tear issues. MediVet’s Platelet Rich Plasma Kit, or PRP, is a breakthrough product for pets utilizing blood plasma with concentrated platelets that once activated accelerate the healing properties of the isolated growth factors at a fraction of the cost of traditional human treatments.

Platelets that are found in whole blood contain many healing growth factors and bioactive proteins. These bioactive proteins can initiate tissue healing, and assist with inflammation. The treatment offers an affordable all natural alternative to drugs and steroids.

How does it benefit your pet?

Medivet’s PRP Kit can be introduced topically in or around an injured joint, tendon, or used in its gel form to treat large burns or wounds. MediVet’s PRP is not limited to acute injuries, it can also be used for chronic conditions.

  • Complimentary to your Pet’s next surgery

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Tenosynovitis

  • Wound Care

  • General Inflammation

  • Post Surgical Healing

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