Stem Cell Therapy for Dogs With Leg Injuries

by Naomi Millburn
A dog's body, like those of people and felines, possess stem cells.

A dog's body, like those of people and felines, possess stem cells.

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Stem cell therapy isn't only a burgeoning medical concept for human beings, but also for canines. Stem cell therapy is an up-and-coming medical procedure that employs stem cells in the management of disease progression. The therapy is also often used as a form of pain reduction.

Stem Cell Therapy and Canine Conditions

While stem cell therapy frequently is associated with disease management, it isn't in all cases. Some veterinarians suggest stem cell therapy for elderly dogs suffering from the intense pain and discomfort of arthritis, says veterinarian Marty Becker, author of "Your Dog." Stem cell therapy also can be beneficial for dogs who have leg injuries. If your pet has experienced trauma to his ligaments or joints, he just might be suitable for stem cell therapy. Dogs with fractures that aren't healing well frequently are appropriate for the therapy, too. Dogs who receive stem cell therapy for leg injuries, however, generally also require surgical treatment.

Objectives of Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy aims to do many things for canine patients. It aims to minimize inflammation for lengthy stretches of time, according to veterinarian Shawn Messonnier of "The Natural Vet's Guide to Preventing and Treating Arthritis in Dogs and Cats." It aims to encourage cartilage regeneration and to minimize pain. Importantly for dogs who have leg injuries, stem cell therapy revs up the healing process. Whether a dog has a chronic or acute injury, stem cell therapy can be effective.

Suitable Dogs

If your dog has a leg injury, it's up to your veterinarian to figure out which form of treatment is most appropriate for it. Veterinarians go through a variety of considerations prior to treating their doggie patients with stem cell therapy. If nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are ineffective in your pooch, stem cell therapy might be beneficial, according to the experts at the Ahwatukee Commons Veterinary Hospital. If his body cannot handle those kinds of medications in general, stem cell therapy also might be useful. Stem cell therapy can be good for dogs who, for whatever reason, shouldn't undergo orthopedic surgery, as well.

Uncommon Side Effects

Stem cell therapy utilizes cells that are extracted straight out of an individual canine, say vet Messonnier. It's a natural medical procedure. Side effects, as a result, are extremely uncommon. When side effects do appear in dogs, they're generally linked to injection, small surgery and anesthesia use. If you have any concerns regarding your dog and stem cell therapy, address them to your veterinarian in detail beforehand.

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