Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Therapy (SCT)
Platelet rich plasma and Stem Cell Therapy are forms of regenerative medicine that aid in tissue healing and are becoming increasingly popular in the veterinary field as a minimally invasive option. There are numerous applications for PRP/SCT and your pet, most notably with orthopedic conditions such as osteoarthritis, soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains, and even wound healing. PRP/SCT mediates healing by stimulating and supplying growth factors and other bioactive compounds in the body.
How does it work?
A blood sample is drawn from your pet, and using a specialized centrifuge the sample is processed to yield a fluid concentrate of primarily platelets and growth factors while minimizing red and white blood cells that can cause pain and inflammation. The fluid compound is injected directly into joint spaces as well as soft tissue and wounds. Therapy is often performed as a series ranging from 1-3 injections per site with 2 weeks between injections, and approximately 50% of dogs do not require more than one injection for significant improvement. Recent studies have shown combining PRP and stem cells may be beneficial as the stem cells are recruited and activated by PRP.
For the 8-12 weeks following PRP/SCT therapy, a dedicated rehabilitation program is recommended. Our rehabilitation department at PAWS will oversee your pet’s recovery with a certified canine rehabilitation doctor as well as our certified canine rehabilitation technician.