What is Stem Cell Therapy?

We are very excited to be providing this breakthrough treatment for the pets we care for at Blue Mountain Veterinary Services. Several of our clients’ pets have had excellent results and have a new “leash” on life, thanks to stem cell therapy.

In partnership with MediVet, we can now treat conditions such as osteoarthritis, tendon and ligament injuries, and support surgical repair of joints and ligaments. This treatment works by taking a small amount of fat from the patient, and extracting stem cells from it. They then go through a process to clean and propagate the cells, which are injected back into the affected area.

One area of stem cell therapy that we are excited about is its potential for treating some forms of liver disease. Stem cell therapy is a proven treatment that is helping thousands of dogs and cats to overcome injuries and chronic conditions that would otherwise deeply impact their lives.

What is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cells are powerful healing cells in your body that can become other types of cells.  There are many adult stem cells in fat tissue, however they are asleep. MediVet’s stem cell therapy allows us to isolate stem cells from an animal’s own fat tissue, wake them up, and re-introduce the healing cells into the areas of need.

What is so great about Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cells treat the source of the problem by offering the ability to become new tissue to replace damaged tissue. The treatment is very low risk, because it uses the animal’s own stem cells. It offers an all-natural alternative to drugs and steroids.  In a recent randomized sampling of 155 dogs suffering from osteoarthritis, greater than 95% showed improvements as reported by the treating Veterinarians.

What happens to my pet when they come in for stem cell therapy?

First, we will put your pet under general anesthetic to collect the fat taking about 15 minutes. Processing the sample is done carefully by a highly trained lab technician. The sample is then activated and introduced to the patient. The patient can then go home, same day.

In the thousands of animals treated, MediVet has not observed any negative side-effects from stem cell therapy.

What is the recovery period, and how long does it take to see results?

We recommend that the patient be kept quiet for the first 10 days. Then, while they may feel a lot better, you will need to be careful so your pet doesn’t injure themselves until they build up some of their muscles. Swimming and walking in water is great therapy. We typically see improvement starting after 3 weeks, and then continuing up to around 2 months.

What conditions do you treat?

Our typical patient has osteoarthritis (hip dysplasia, degenerative joint disease, calcifications, common degeneration and inflammation), soft tissue injuries (cruciate injuries, tears, ruptures, Inflammation), or needs accelerated healing of fractures. If your animal is suffering from something different such as Atopic Dermatitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease etc. we will consult a team of specialists in order to consider stem cell as a treatment option.

How long does a treatment last? What happens if my pet starts having trouble again?

We typically see about 1-4 years of relief after the initial treatment

What Our Clients Say...

" Dr Gray had been seeing Scooter for many years regarding various issues, primarily for joint and urinary tract problems. Dr Gray indicated she had been doing Stem Cell surgery for dogs and wondered if it would help Scoot.

After many years of cartrophen injections, pain meds and other medications it was decided to perform Stem Cell Surgery.

This was done March 2012.

I am very happy to say Scooter is now 20 years old, pain free, and Dr. Gray is now able to pick her up – previously this cat rejected anyone other than the immediate family, probably because of her constant pain.

I probably would have had to put this cat down many years ago if it wasn’t for Stem Cell surgery.

 Thankful for modern medicine"
- Liz Harris

“We are happy to share that our standard poodle Sally is alive and active due to having stem cell treatment in 2012 to treat a severe immune disorder.”

- Silvia and Pete Heckman