Stem cell treatment is already being done on dogs in the US but theres currently no such procedure available in the UK. Stem cells could finally lead to many of the biggest and most wide spread issues found in dogs today being cured. Things such as Arthritis or just about any condition when something new is needed that the body cannot produce on it’s own. I’ve made a quick FAQ below to answer some common questions.
How do stem cells work in dogs?
The idea is stem cells are injected into a dog where it has a condition such as Arthritis the cells then transform into what the dog needs such as new cartilage for arthritis or new collagen for tendinitis.
Does it take long?
Currently in the US, the dogs normal vet removes some fatty tissue from the dogs neck, sends it off via UPS and then the company Vet Stem send back stem cells 24 hours later. The dogs normal vet is then required to inject the cells into the problem area.
Does it work?
The truth is we don’t know, there are some very impressive testimonials but we can’t be sure.
While we don’t know the effectiveness of Vet Stem, we can be quiet sure that the future of veterinary and human medicine revolves around the use of Stem cells. Stem cells should one day play an important part in finally cureing some of the worst, and most widely spread afflictions dogs suffer with.
Back in 2009 Cambridge University of Veterinary Science successful treated a paralysed dachshund with the use of stem cells and physiotherapy.
We will be sure to keep an eye out for future stem cell news.