Stem cell therapy is still a new form of treatment, but it shows promise. Veterinary Healthcare Associates in Winter Haven, FL can offer this therapy as an option for dogs and cats with certain degenerative conditions, such as arthritis, but there is hope that in the not-so-distant future, it can be used to treat many more conditions.
How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?
The primary use of stem cells is to treat sickness and heal injuries. The entire procedure can be broken into 3 stages:
What is Most Commonly Treated with Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy is currently used most often for treating osteoarthritis in dogs and cats. Other possible uses can include repairing bone, ligament, and spinal cord injuries, and treating liver and kidney disease. We cannot recommend stem cell therapy for the treatment of cancer, because it could have the opposite effect and cause the cancer to spread more quickly.
How Effective is the Procedure?
There are currently no major studies available proving that stem cell therapy is 100% effective 100% of the time. Right now, anecdotal evidence from veterinarians and pet parents is the best we have to go on. That being said, there are studies in progress at the urging of the American Veterinary Hospital Association which we hope will shed more light on this treatment and what it can do for our four-legged family members.