Although the new president is expected to lift federal restrictions on human embryonic stem cell research, itâs an option available today for the canine set.
The procedure, which uses an animalâs own fat to obtain adult stem cells, has been available for a few years. The stem cells are injected to damaged area to stimulate growth of healthy cells, encouraging regeneration.
Bob Harman, DVM and founder and CEO of Vet-Stem says while therapy for human use is still in early stages, thousand of horses and dogs have already been treated for tendon, ligament and joint injuries and diseases through Vet-Stem and so far the results have been amazing with many patients saying that the results were immediate.
During a 20 minute procedure about two tablespoons of fat, from the abdomen or should blade area are taken from a anesthetized dog and sent to Vet-Stem in San Diego.
Then, technicians use an enzyme to remove the connective tissue and free up the fat and stem cells. Within 48 hours the lab isolates stem and regenerative cells from the fat and sends them back to the local surgeons in syringes. In otherwords, the adult stem cells are taken from the animal to which they will be returned.
The downside? The $2500 price tag! But consider the negative impact that drugs, like Rimadyl have long term. If your dog has arthritis, hip dysplasia, a luxating patella or other form of joint pain, but you canât afford the $2500 price tag, consider using an all-natural herbal remedy which can be very effective..