Lincolnway Veterinary Clinic is excited to offer stem cell therapy, a form of regenerative medicine that uses your pet’s own stem cells to help repair damaged tissue. Stem cells are remarkable in that they can, under certain conditions, divide and transform into virtually any type of organ or tissue cell, including cartilage, bone, fat, muscle, nerve, tendon, and ligament. Essentially, these transformed cells replace dead or damaged cells, and can help to heal and improve your pet’s acute or chronic injury and relieve their pain.
Is your pet an appropriate candidate for stem cell therapy? Call (574) 256-1871 to schedule an appointment.
What is ActiStem?
How We Perform the Stem Cell Therapy Procedure
Before we can treat your pet, we need to harvest their stem cells. These cells are collected from your pet’s adipose (fat) tissue or bone marrow while they are under anesthesia. Next, the stem cells are sent to a lab to be properly extracted and concentrated. Once they’re ready, we will carefully inject the stem cells into the area requiring treatment (your pet may be sedated for this step, as well).
What Conditions Can Stem Cell Therapy Treat?
Dogs and cats may be recommended for stem cell therapy if they’re suffering from arthritis or some other type of injury of the bones, joints, or spinal cord. Inflammatory diseases and heart disease may also benefit from treatment, but because stem cell therapy is still relatively new, its other possible applications are still being explored. One condition that cannot be treated with stem cell therapy is cancer, because the stem cells might cause the cancer to grow and/or spread.
Pet Behavior & Nutritional Counseling
Pet behavior and nutrition are two of the more common topics we discuss in a pet wellness exam. Most pets have at least one behavioral issue that causes problems at home whether it’s house soiling, resource guarding, separation anxiety, or something else. Additionally, many pets are overweight or obese, making nutrition a key factor in your pet’s overall well-being. At Lincolnway Veterinary Clinic, our vets and staff have the skills and experience to help you correct behavioral issues as well as offer sound nutritional advice that will keep your pet at a healthy weight year after year. Talk to us today if you have behavioral or nutritional questions about your pet!