Dogs can develop a lot of different medical conditions, but one of the most frustrating conditions for owners to deal with, not to mention dogs themselves, are dog skin allergies. There are a number of reasons a dog could develop skin allergies, however, it is environmental allergies that happen to be extremely challenging for veterinarians to treat. Because they are so challenging to treat, most often a dog that suffers from and is diagnosed with environmental related skin allergies, will be put on steroids. Steroids are really the only effective form of treatment, but they come with risks. Steroids are associated with many adverse side effects when they’re used long term.
Scientists are always looking for better ways of treating medical conditions in dogs. Like with humans, medical care for dogs is always changing, and new research helps to develop better ways of treating certain medical conditions more efficiently, and hopefully with less side effects or risks. Currently, stem cell therapy is being used for other medical conditions related to dogs and cats.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are the body’s repair cells. All of us, humans and animals, all have these in our bodies and they just wait to be needed when something like an injury happens, as well as through the aging process as cells accumulate wear and tear damage. They come to the rescue and get right to work, repairing damaged tissue. Stem cells work by dividing and turn themselves into whatever tissue is needed: skin, muscle, bone, fat, nerve, and cartilage, just as an example. These amazing cells even have the ability to replicate organs, like the pancreas, heart, lung and heart.
How the stem cell procedure works?
When it comes to using stem cells in a dog, (or cat), the cells are extracted from your canine’s fatty tissue. It is then processed with what is known as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to make it an injectable solution, or intravenously induced solution. Before it is given to your pet, the solution is activated using an LED Light technology. When a dog receives the solution, it’s an easy procedure that is not uncomfortable for him and has virtually no side effects. The recovery period is quick and easy, and does not require any downtime or time in confinement.
Here are a few that are already proven to be successful treated medical conditions with stem cell therapy.
- Elbow dysplasia
- Hip dysplasia
- Joint pain
- Ligament injuries
- Tendon injuries
- Degenerative joint disease
One new study being collaborated by Santa Ana, California-based VetCell Therapeutics, which is a division of PrimeGen Biotech, and Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine in Pomona, California, plan to investigate a new way to treat canine atopic dermatitis (allergic skin disease), by use of stem cells.
According to the research, the hope and plan is that this type of therapy, using stem cells, will be a much better and viable treatment for allergies as opposed to the older and more risky method of treatment, the long term use of steroids among other treatments.