Everything You Need to Know about Stem Cell Therapy for Cats and Dogs
Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive procedure for treating arthritis, kidney and liver diseases, and repairing ligaments, bones, and spinal cord injuries, among other problems in cats and dogs. Here is a comprehensive guide by our veterinarian at Animal Clinic of Honolulu, HI, with everything you need to know about stem cell therapy.
What Is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy is the process of injecting stem cells into damaged or diseased tissues like damaged ligaments to regenerate and repair them. Before its invention, veterinarians could use surgical procedures, supplements, and inflammatory drugs to treat pets’ degenerative joint diseases, which had very limited success. Regenerative medicine offers the best alternative to such conventional techniques.
Stem Cell Therapy Procedure in Dogs
Once you visit the Honolulu animal clinic, our veterinarian will examine your pet to diagnose the underlying problem and assess whether your pet qualifies for stem cell therapy. They will then anesthetize your pet to collect the stem cells.
Note: Your dog may sustain several puncture wounds during the process. But our veterinarian will pressure dress them to drain fluid and prevent infections in the wounded spots.
After collection, the vet will use the stem cells to produce Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF) or cultured stem cells for reinjection into the pet’s degenerative tissues. The extraction and production of cultured stem cells may take up to 48 hours. The vet will anesthetize your four-legged companion again to inject the stem cells into the affected joints.
Stem Cell Therapy Recovery in Cats and Dogs
As mentioned earlier, stem cell therapy is minimally invasive, and the pet's wounds dry a few days after the procedure. However, the full recovery from tissue degeneration depends on how the animal was affected before the administration. Some pet owners note improvements within the first 10 days, while others see improvements after a month or more.
Our veterinarian will issue anti-inflammatory drugs and supplements to ease pain and hasten the pet’s recovery. On top of that, we will schedule check-ups and follow-up appointments for your pet to ensure its full recovery.
Stem Cell therapy Services in Honolulu, HI
We are proud to serve the Honolulu, HI area and its surroundings for all pet-related services. Our veterinarians are licensed and experienced, offering all types of pet services, including stem cell therapy, wellness exams, dental care, microchipping, and more.
We also offer free pet education on preventive care, pet nutrition, and how to exercise your pet to keep it healthy all year round. We are open from Monday to Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Don't hesitate to contact Animal Clinic of Honolulu at 808-734-0255 to book an appointment for your pet.