Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy offers a revolutionary treatment protocol for osteoarthritis and other bone and cartilage conditions that may affect your aging dog.

What is stem cell therapy for dogs?

Stem cell therapy is a breakthrough technology that uses your pet’s own tissue to regenerate cartilage, thus reducing pain and restoring function.

Stem cell therapy may provide an alternative to more invasive and expensive procedures such as total hip replacement.

In veterinary care, stem cells have been used most successfully in the treatment of osteoarthritis in dogs, as well as in the treatment of injuries to bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, and the spinal cord.

Watch the short video on this page to see the dramatic improvements that can occur after treatment.

  • We have seen astounding results with stem cell therapy used for appropriate conditions. It can significantly help improve a pet's health, particularly dogs with osteoarthritis and other bone and connective tissue problems.
    - Dr. Cary Ledbury

How does stem cell therapy work?

A stem cell is essentially a "blank slate" that can become any type of cell. This means it has the potential to regenerate tissue in a part of the body where disease has caused damage or a loss of function.

In pets, stem cell therapy uses stem cells from the bone marrow, umbilical cord blood, or fat of your pet, or of another animal of the same species. The veterinarian injects the stem cells into the diseased area.

The stem cells work to suppress the inflammation, relieve pain, and cause new tissue growth. The new tissue is more similar to the original tissue than to the scar tissue that would typically grow in an untreated inflamed area.

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