New Stem Cell Treatment May Enhance Your Pets’ Quality of Life

Iris Hunter

Animals can suffer from the same types of health problems as humans, especially as they age. This includes arthritis, hip dysplasia, diabetes and cancer. In addition, pets can be physically suffering more than their owners can imagine.

If you have a pet that is currently suffering from a condition such as osteoarthritis or ligament and cartilage injuries, MediVet America’s new stem cell treatment may be your solution.

“MediVet is a global leader in veterinary regenerative medicine with over 1,000 clinics practicing in this incredible technology in the United States, and throughout the world,” Sarah Bernard, executive manager at MediVet America, said. “Headquartered in Nicholasville, Ky., MediVet America develops advanced regenerative medicine treatments designed to maximize animal performance, repair, recovery and general wellness.”

“MediVet America’s new Adipose-Derived Stem Cell, or ADSC, Procedure Kit is a major scientific advancement in animal stem cell regenerative therapy that offers an affordable solution for owners of animals suffering from osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, ligament and cartilage injuries and similar ailments,” Bernard continued. “MediVet America is funding research to study further the potential benefit of ADSCs in immune-mediated diseases.”

Stem Cells are Repair Cells

“Stem cells are the body’s own repair cells. When isolated and activated under certain conditions these cells have the potential to not only assist with inflammation but also promote repair,” Bernard said. “Adipose, or fat, derived stem cells allow for a less invasive, [safer] harvest of adult stem cells that are lying dormant in human and animal bodies.”

Nvate animal stem cell therapy, adipose-derived stem cells by MediVet America

This is adipose, or fat, tissue. The stem cells for treatment are derived from adipose tissue.

“Since this procedure is autologous—meaning from the body back to the body—the procedure allows veterinarians to treat the underlying cause of osteoarthritis and stop medicating the symptoms,” Bernard stated. “As an added benefit for many pets this procedure has no drug to drug interactions and is intended to initiate the body’s own natural healing process.”

MediVet America’s new stem cell treatment is an improvement from prior treatments, since it can be completed much faster and is more affordable. “The previous generation stem cell technology, developed in 2002, required veterinarians to ship samples to a laboratory for the stem cells to be separated, then wait days for the cells to be returned for injection,” Bernard said of the pervious process. “Using MediVet America’s therapy, the one day procedure is done entirely in-clinic. As a result of MediVet’s efforts to bring this therapy in-clinic the cost to the veterinarian is now a third of traditional services and is covered for pet owners under most major insurance plans.”

The Results of Stem Cell Treatment

Are you wondering if your pet can be treated? This stem cell treatment can be used for a variety of ailments. “Vet America’s drug-free treatment has been developed for animals suffering from arthritis, hip dysplasia, ligament and cartilage injuries as well as other degenerative diseases,” Bernard explained. “Any animal can be treated with stem cell therapy. Most typically are domestic animals such as dogs, cats and horses; however, procedures have also been performed on zoo animals such as zebras, and more exotic animals such as kangaroos and camels.”

It is obvious that you would be curious to know when your pet would begin to show results after the treatment has been completed. “Most pet owners see improvements within a week to two weeks, but it’s regenerative meaning it keeps working so within about two months, most animals that had been limping in severe pain with a restricted range of motion are able to walk, run and jump again,” according to Bernard.

If your pet starts to have trouble again after the initial treatment, do not get discouraged. “We typically see about one to three years of relief after the initial treatment,” Bernard stated. In addition, your pet will not have to undergo surgery again. “Most pet owners chose to bank cells, so retreatment is easy.  MediVet has a banking facility in Kentucky so if symptoms return, your vet merely requests a dose of cells from the bank, and injects them therefore no additional surgery is necessary.”

Nvate animal stem cell therapy, adipose-derived stem cells by MediVet America

This is Red, a retired rescue dog that has received stem cell therapy. Credit: MediVet America

Two dogs that have received the stem cell treatment are Kirby and Red. After they were given the treatment their quality of life dramatically changed for the better. “We were preparing our children to put Kirby down, but then decided to do the procedure on him,” Kirby’s owners, David and Debbie Marion, said. “His mobility greatly improved, and three weeks later not only is his leg better but we are having to reduce his insulin dose. This certainly was not an expected outcome, but it sure is welcome.”

“It has been a dramatic difference,” Heather said about her dog Red, a retired rescue dog. “Red for the last two years, instead of being able to work has had to just stand and lay around. Now, she has actually been playing with other dogs, going up and down stairs and trying to jump in the truck. It’s been a huge difference. This past weekend, she got to work and it was exciting to her and us.”

The Procedure

“First, your vet will put your pet under general anesthetic.  Then, they will make a small incision and collect 2 to 4 tablespoons of fat—either in the belly or behind the shoulder blades.  The local, highly-trained MediVet representative will then process the sample right in the clinic, using MediVet equipment,” Bernard said of the process. ”After about three hours, the cells are ready for injection into areas of damage.  In addition, some cells are administered via IV. For the administration step, your pet will either not be sedated at all, or lightly sedated, depending on what’s best for your pet. You can pick up your pet later that same day.”

Since the animal is undergoing surgery, consulting a veterinarian regarding any risks that their pet may face during or after treatment will help ease an owner’s anxiety. “The treatment is very low risk, because it uses the animal’s own stem cells.  The biggest risk is using anesthetic, to remove the fat tissue,” Bernard explained. “On a typical dog, this is easier than a spay, and the fat is collected in about 15 minutes by your vet. Processing the sample is done carefully by a highly-trained MediVet representative, or by a lab tech carefully trained by that representative.  In the thousands of animals treated, we have not observed any negative side-effects from MediVet’s stem cell therapy.”

After-surgery care is very important because not providing proper care may result in more injury. “We recommend that the patient be kept quiet for the first 10 days. Then, while they may feel a lot better, you will need to be careful so your pet doesn’t injure themselves until they build up some of their muscles. Swimming and walking in water is great therapy,” Bernard said.

To find out if your pet is eligible for treatment, fill out the form on the MediVet website.

If you need more information regarding MediVet America or details on the treatment, visit their website or call 1-800-365-9168.

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