Stem Cell Therapy

Veterinary Stem Cell Therapy

We offer the powerful healing science of stem cell therapy.  In a recent study, 155 canines suffering from moderate to severe osteoarthritis were treated with stem cell therapy. At the end of 90 days, 99% of the patients showed improvements in at least one of these categories:  lameness, range of motion and/or pain.  Please click here for testimonials. 

What Is It?

Many people aren’t aware of just what stem cells are. These powerful cells are responsible for healing in the body and can divide and transform into a variety of cells based on what the body needs. Adult stem cells are typically found within fat tissue, but many of them are dormant. The MediVet stem cell system used at Metropolitan Veterinary Center isolates these cells within the animal, awakens them and reinjects them into injured or otherwise compromised areas. For instance, when an animal suffers from arthritis, the transplanted stem cells transform into cartilage, which can increase mobility and reduce pain.

What Are the Types of Stem Cells?

Stem cells come in two basic forms: adult and embryonic.

The embryonic cells are those found in an embryo and the placenta itself. These stem cells can reproduce into mature cell types. These cells often have the greatest potential, but many doctors and patients have ethical and moral concerns with harvesting these cells.

Adult stem cells, on the other hand, can be found in blood vessels, bone marrow, neurons, fat, liver, and skin. We obtain these cells from fatty areas in the abdomen and behind the shoulders. These stem cells can divide into many cell types and can be used to treat ligament and tendon damage, fractured bones, and joint injuries. Clinical trials and research have proven the effectiveness of treating these conditions with stem cells. Further research is being conducted to prove the use of stem cells from other areas with promising preliminary results.

Contrary to embryonic stem cells, there are no moral or ethical concerns in harvesting these cells from fat, activating them, and reintroducing them back to the patient in areas such as arthritic joints where healing and regeneration is needed.

Why Use Cells from Fat Tissue?

In adult animals, the stem cells are found in fat tissue in high concentrations. In fact, there are between 50 and 1,000 times more of them in the fat cells than in bone marrow. This means there’s no need to cultivate stem cells to have the appropriate amount. Extracting fat is faster and less invasive than spaying or neutering your pet. Stem cells are found in the Stromal Vascular Fraction, or SVF, which may have the benefit of adding bioactive peptides, contributing to reformation of cells and creating anti-inflammatory effects.

Why Use Stem Cell Therapy?

The reason we use stem cells to treat a variety of conditions in pets because they treat the source of the issue, replacing damaged tissues with healthy, new tissue. NSAIDs only reduce or mask the symptoms. The good news is stem cell therapy is relatively low risk because we are using cells directly from the animal’s own body. The technology we use has a success rate of more than 95 percent.


How Old Is This Technology?

The use of stem cell therapy in animals became available to veterinarians in 2004. We have offered this treatment plan since 2010. Thousands of animals around the world have been treated using stem cell therapy.

What Makes Our Treatment Better?

We offer two advantages to using this treatment method. We handle all of the processing right in our office, meaning there’s no risk of lost or damaged samples. We also perform the procedure all in the same day for the convenience of you and your pet. All stem cell therapy is safe, but our technology offers a success rate of more than 95 percent.

Is It Safe?

Stem cell therapy is completely safe. For the average dog, this treatment is safer and easier than spaying or neutering and the risk due to anesthesia is the same. We cater the anesthetic administration to each individual pet’s needs.

The collection of the fat cells needed takes only 15 minutes, reducing the amount of time your pet is under anesthesia. Our highly trained technicians and doctors then carefully process the sample.

What Will Happen to My Pet?

We will place your pet under general anesthesia. Our qualified veterinarian creates a small incision in the belly or the shoulder blade area to collect two to four tablespoons of fat. While your pet is under general anesthesia, we can also perform other procedures, such as dental cleanings and spaying or neutering. The sample is then processed onsite using our state-of-the-art equipment. Stem cells are ready for injection after three hours. Some of these cells may also be administered through an IV. Your pet may be lightly sedated for administration of stem cells. Most pets can go home the same day.

How Long Does Recovery Take?

Every animal is different and we can’t guarantee the same results. However, we do typically see a 95 percent success rate, for arthritic cases in particular. Some owners have seen results in as little as a week for their pets.

Pets should rest for at least 10 days and their activity restricted to leash walks for the first 30 days allowing the regenerative cells to promote the desired repair. Even though your pet may feel better after this period of time, it’s important to reduce the risk of injury for your pet before their muscles have a chance to build up. Walking and swimming are both great forms of exercise during this time.

Improvement often occurs within three weeks and may continue for about two months.

What Conditions Can Be Treated?

Our most common ailments treated are osteoarthritis, which may present as calcifications, hip dysplasia, common degeneration, degenerative joint disease, and inflammation, as well as soft tissue injuries like tears, inflammation, cruciate injuries and ruptures. We can also help speed up fracture healing. We have extensive experience with these conditions and have seen positive results for more than 95 percent of our patients.

While we don’t have as much experience with them, we do treat a number of other conditions that fall under compassionate use. Some of these conditions include feline gingivitis, liver and kidney failure, inflammatory bowel disease, degenerative myelopathy, atopy, end-stage renal disease, IMHA, spine trauma, and pulmonary fibrosis.


How Long Will the Treatment Be Effective and Can It Be Re-administered?

Most pets see at least one to three years of relief. You may choose to bank some of the cells for future treatment needs. If your pet experiences a return of symptoms, we will obtain these cells from the bank and inject them, eliminating the need for surgery again.

Can All Animals Be Treated?

No. Animals that have been diagnosed with cancer can’t currently be treated with stem cells, despite the use of stem cell therapy in humans with cancer.

Will My Insurance Cover It?

Most carriers will!  There are many insurance carries other than Figo that have coverage for stem cell therapy. Please click here for further information.

For more information, please  Call Us: (312) 757-7809 to discuss stem cell therapy for your pet.

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