Regenerative medicine

Regenerative Medicine techniques are revolutionising the way vets and human doctors now approach certain disease conditions.

At Amity Veterinary Care, we are able to offer Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for pets.

Stem cell therapy

Stem cell therapies are being used to help animals with many different problems, but currently the strongest evidence for the use of stem cell injections in veterinary medicine is for the management of pain and disability due to osteoarthritis (OA), tendon injuries and other joint problems.

Reduced levels of pain, improved mobility, less difficulty when arising and increased willingness to run and play have all been reported for animals treated with stem cell therapy for their osteoarthritis. Reduced lameness and lower re-injury rates have been reported in treated tendinopathies.

The effects have been shown to improve over time with the best results achieved two to three months after administration of the therapy. Several studies have shown these effects to be long lasting – for at least 6 months and up to 2 years. Many dogs are able to reduce their reliance on pain relief medication during this time.

Adult stem cells occur naturally in the body and have the ability to self-renew together with the potential to change into a range of different tissue types including muscle, tendon, cartilage and bone. 
These cells are essentially the body’s own repair kit! They move to damaged tissue, where they act to reduce inflammation and pain, prevent further tissue damage and can promote active tissue regeneration.

Many studies have shown that stem cell injections are well tolerated and safe. Our therapy is created from your dog’s own stem cells. Sometimes there is a little discomfort and stiffness as a result of the actual injection procedure but this will pass quickly.

Reduced levels of pain, happier dogs and an improved willingness to walk and play should be the first changes you will see during the initial three weeks after stem cell therapy.
The effects of therapy have been shown to improve over time, with the best results achieved two to three months after administration of the stem cells. Several studies have shown these effects to be long lasting – for at least six months – and in many cases for 15 to 18 months. Many dogs are able to reduce their reliance on pain relief medication during this time.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

A concentrated suspension of platelets that provides an autologous reservoir of growth factors, nutrients and proteins derived from the patient’s own blood.

Platelets play a key role in tissue repair, mediating the body’s healing response to injury. PRP combines the action of growth factors released by platelets – which can stimulate cell migration, proliferation and differentiation with other factors and proteins present in plasma which contribute to cell survival and to the coagulation process; the formation of clots provide a scaffold for cell migration and new tissue generation. We can see this in action every time we watch as a graze or a cut heals, as a scab forms and new skin grows over the injury site! A growing body of evidence in human and veterinary medicine supports the use of PRP for soft tissue injuries, skin wounds and in various treatment protocols OA.

Many PRP systems are currently available, concentrating platelet levels from 1.2 to > 5 times the levels found in whole blood. Platelet concentration is not however the only consideration when using PRP in clinical practice. The absence of red blood cells and neutrophils defines high quality PRP – as these cell types are pro inflammatory and have been reported to adversely affect clinical efficacy.

At Amity Veterinary Care, we are able to provide an easy, rapid and consistent preparation of PRP with an optimal cellular profile. This closed, sterile system uses a cell-selector gel to retain and concentrate platelets whilst significantly reducing white and red blood cell concentrations – all in a 5 minute single spin.

Please call us at 01626 247888 to find out more.
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