The most common condition we treat using stem cell therapy is osteoarthritis. Just like with humans, our cats and dogs can develop arthritis in their joints. With degenerative joint disease, the cartilage cushioning the bones where they meet one another slowly begins to deteriorate. As the padding thins out, it can become painful to move the affected joint. Unfortunately, that can lead to inactivity and weight gain in pets, which makes the situation worse. Older pets are especially at risk for developing osteoarthritis, though trauma or injury earlier in life or a genetic predisposition may lead to an earlier age of onset.
We produce the stem cells used in a pet’s therapy from a sample of their own fat stores. When the undifferentiated stem cells are put back into the affected area (such as the joint), they can become new cartilage cells. Think of them as a blank slate until they’re administered, at which point they receive orders from the body to start changing into the type of cell that’s needed in the area.
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