Stem Cell Therapy
Dr. McMillen started doing Stem Cell Therapy with MediVet Biologics in 2010. She has seen remarkable results in the vast majority of cases. She has even seen unexpected results such as a treatment for degenerative joint disease correcting abnormal liver values. We find more uses for Stem Cells all the time. The possibilities of their benefits are endless. Feel free to contact us for more information on this advanced treatment modality.
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. Stem Cell therapy allows your vet 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.
Is it safe?
Yes, this procedure is very safe. On a typical dog, this is easier than a spay, and the fat is collected in about 15 minutes by your vet. Processing the sample is done carefully by a highly trained MediVet representative (or by a lab tech carefully trained by that representative). In the thousands of animals treated, we have not observed any negative side-effects from MediVet’s stem cell therapy.
What conditions do you treat?
Our typical patient has osteoarthritis (hip dysplasia, degenerative joint disease, calcifications, common degeneration and inflammation). If your animal is suffering from something different such as Atopic Dermatitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease etc. your Vet will consult a team in order to consider stem cell as a treatment option compassionately.
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. Other treatments, such as NSAIDs, merely attempt to reduce symptoms. The treatment is very low risk, because it uses the animal’s own stem cells. It offers an all-natural holistic alternative to drugs and steroids. In a recent randomized sampling of 155 canines sufferings from osteoarthritis > 95% showed improvements as reported by the treating Veterinarians.
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.
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. Most pet owners chose to bank cells, so re-treatment is easy. MediVet has a banking facility in Kentucky. If symptoms return, your vet merely requests a dose of cells from the bank, and re-introduces the cells. No surgery is necessary.