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“To start, the vet harvests a few tablespoons of fat cells from the pet’s abdomen or shoulder, then spins the cells in a centrifuge to separate out the stem cells that are naturally present in fat. Next, the cells are mixed with special enzymes to “digest” any residual fat and connective tissue, and are then “activated” by mixing them with “plasma rich platelets” extracted from the animal’s blood cells. The mixture is stimulated under a LED light for 20 minutes or so to further concentrate the stem cells. Finally, the newly awakened cells are injected back into the damaged joint.” via Good Morning America
Jeremy Delk, MediVet’s chief executive officer, said that the therapy works because stem cells are the only cells in the body that have the ability to transform themselves into other types of specialized cells — such as cartilage — making them a potent tool for repairing damaged and deteriorating joints. There are 50 to 1,000 times more stem cells in the fat than bone marrow, a source that was more consistently used in animal – and human — stem cell therapy until the fat method started becoming more popular.
“As we age, humans and animals alike, our stem cells are starting to die off so we have fewer. What we are able to do with these techniques is isolate the cells in very large numbers, wake them up and put them back into the area that needs help,” he explained. via Good Morning America
Recent studies funded by the Health Foundation of more than 150 dogs found improvements in a dog’s mobility, joint health issues and joint stiffness.Some of these improvements were said to have been seen within a week, while others took not so long-90 days and required multiple injections.
Cost: Single procedure: $1800-$3,000.
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