At Hillcrest Animal Hospital, we offer Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment as a method for treating osteoarthritis and other bone and tissue injuries in dogs and cats.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Plasma is the liquid component of blood, in which the other components (like blood cells and platelets) are suspended. Platelets are tiny fragments of cells that contribute to the blood clotting process and promote healing.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is processed in such a way that the plasma has a higher-than-usual concentration of platelets.
As a result, the plasma contains growth factors and proteins that help accelerate the healing of injured tendons and ligaments, and reduce arthritis pain by promoting the regeneration of bone and cartilage.
Platelet-rich plasma treatment is is an option that Hillcrest Animal Hospital is pleased to offer, particularly for conditions such as osteoarthritis in dogs.
What can be treated with PRP?
In small animals, PRP can be used in the treatment of diseases and injuries such as Achilles tendon ruptures, shoulder injuries, partial cruciate tears, iliopsoas injuries, musculo tendinopathies, collateral ligament ruptures and hyperextension injuries.
PRP injections can also help improve mobility, decrease pain and improve articular cartilage in animals suffering from degenerative joint diseases like osteoarthritis.
The PRP Treatment Process
Platelet-rich plasma is prepared by drawing blood from the patient. It is then processed via either filtration or centrifuge so that it contains all the necessary elements.
The PRP treatment process usually takes 30 to 40 minutes. A needle is inserted in the affected joint, and the therapy is administered until resistance in the joint is felt. For many patients, it is a one-time treatment, but some may need additional PRP treatments. After treatment, it may be necessary to restrict movement in your pet for a couple of days.
Other FAQs About PRP Treatment
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- How long has PRP treatment for pets been around?
Platelet therapy has been used since the early 1970’s in periodontics for the treatment of severe gingivitis and in maxillofacial surgery to build bone mass in the jaw in preparation for dental implants in humans.
Since then, the use of platelets from a patient’s own blood has been employed in the treatment of tendon and ligament damage, popularized in recent years by reports of its use in professional athletes.
- What are the risks with PRP treatment for dogs?
Your vet will discuss any risks with you prior to the procedure. Because PRP is derived from your dog’s own blood, this treatment normally has very few side effects. Your dog may be sore from the injection immediately after treatment, but any discomfort should subside within a few days. If you have further questions or concerns about your pet following treatment, you should always contact your veterinarian directly.
- What conditions can be treated with PRP
Platelet rich plasma treatment has benefits for healing injuries as well as tackling chronic conditions.
The therapy can help your pet’s development towards a pain-free joint, muscle, or tendon and can enhance the following areas in a regenerative manner:
- Wound care
- Post surgical healing
- General inflammation
- How long does a PRP treatment take?
PRP treatment usually takes 30 to 40 minutes to complete – and can be done at Hillcrest Animal Hospital in one day.
- How many treatments are typically required?
For many pet patients, platelet-rich plasma is a one-time treatment. Some patients, however, may need additional treatments.
It may be necessary to restrict movement after a pet is treated with PRP, but typically this is only for a couple of days. Afterward, there are no restrictions on movement or activity.