Recent studies have revealed that stem cells can be extremely helpful in the treatment of arthritis in our furry friends. The procedure, first brought to the market in 2004, has gained popularity across the nation. Medical advancements and experience have allowed the procedure to become more commonplace, significantly driving down costs. In fact, many veterinarians can now perform the procedure within their practice.
Oftentimes, owners find themselves making a difficult decision regarding their arthritic pet. Having exhausted all other means of treatment, and to little or no success, they reach a point where the decision is to either end suffering by euthanizing the animal, or somehow obtain thousands of dollars for costly and dangerous surgery.
While stem cell treatment does bring relief to animals suffering from arthritis, bone fractures, tendon and ligament injuries, it can take up to two years to reach its full healing potential. The procedure itself involves harvesting stem cells from fat tissues on the animal, and reintroducing them into the affected areas.
According to animal researchers, osteoarthritis is the number one cause of debilitating pain in all domestic animals within the United States. More than 20 percent of dogs suffer from the condition, while almost 90 percent of all cats, over the age of 12, have some form of osteoarthritis.
With the proliferation of the procedure and required technology, a new door has opened to pet owners searching for a means of treatment to relieve their companion’s pain. If you’ve already tried the typical arthritis treatments (exercise, diet, supplements for joint pain, and prescription drugs), then perhaps stem cell therapies may be worth checking out.
As always, it is important to consult your veterinarian regarding such matters. Your pet’s pain or suffering is not a small matter.
Would you consider stem cell treatment for your furry friend?