Stem Cell Therapy
Stem Cell Therapy is a new and experimental procedure that is showing promising results. Unlike human medicine, veterinary medicine does NOT use embryonic cells, but collects cells from YOUR dog or cat to facilitate healing and recovery from injury. In several new studies there are promising results, but much more research is needed to fully understand the potential of this procedure.
Dr. Richardson is Certified in Veterinary Stem Cell Therapy, and can surgically harvest cells from your pet to help heal injuries, such as cruciate ruptures in the knee, or for many other degenerative conditions. Careful consideration and consultation with a certified veterinary stem cell expert can help you decide if this experimental procedure is right for you and your family.
The surgeon collects fat from a patient for stem cell therapy. This dog has severe degenerative arthritis of the back, hips and knees that can no longer be improved with pain control and glucosamine. Stem cells will be injected in to both knees and in to the vein to improve his mobility and comfort.
After harvesting and processing the stem cells at the Vet-Stem Laboratory, the stem cells are now injected
intravenously (and in to both knees of this dog) to repair cartilage damage of many years of severe arthritis and degeneration.
Over-use injuries, such as those commonly seen in hunting dogs, can be treated with Stem Cell Therapy to recover from trauma and return to normal function. Partial-tears of cruciate ligaments have shown very promising results, but a careful evaluation by your veterinarian can help you decide if this procedure is right for your dog.