Insights into Stem Cell and Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Over the last couple of decades, veterinary health care has made significant advancements with new treatments. Among the treatments currently picking momentum are stem cell and platelet rich plasma therapy.
At Country Veterinary Services, we are the top animal hospital serving Farmington, Prairie Groove, Lincoln, Bentonville, Little Flock Winslow, West Fork, Greenland, Fayetteville, Springdale, Johnson, Lowell, and surrounding areas. Our veterinarian will leverage advanced medicine to treat your small animal or large animal.
An Overview of Stem Cell Therapy for Farm Animals
This therapy can be used to treat animals in the feline, canine, equine, and bovine families. These animals encompass cats, dogs, horses, and cattle. The therapy uses stem cells from the bone marrow, fat, and umbilical cord blood from your animal or another member of the same species.
A stem cell is a blank cell with the potential to become any other. It works to regenerate tissue where a disease has damaged cells and the tissue has lost function.
The vet will inject the stem cells into the diseased area. This treatment is very effective in treating knee joints resulting from osteoarthritis. Stem cell therapy also relieves pain, suppresses inflammation, and encourages new tissue growth. Other animal conditions that can be treated with this therapy are kidney and liver disease, spinal cord injuries, and cardiomyopathy.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy for Farm Animals
Platelets are a collection of growth factors that facilitate several physiological processes, including angiogenesis, coagulation, tissue repair, and immune response. Platelet rich plasma is basically plasma that has a higher concentration of platelets than peripheral blood. PRP therapy involves using platelet rich plasma to treat injuries and conditions affecting the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, such as osteoarthritis.
The platelet rich plasma used in this therapy is packed with various growth factors, including platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-β1), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), epidermal growth factor (EGF), hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), and basic fibroblast growth factor (b-FGF). These growth factors play a critical role in promoting local angiogenesis, stem cell homing, regulation of cellular activity, deposition of matrix proteins, and proliferation and differentiation of the varying stem cells. They all contribute to tissue regeneration in your cat, dog, equine like a horse, and bovine like a cattle.
In addition to this, the veterinarian can use PRP therapy to treat a deficiency of cornea dystrophy, deficiency of limbal cells, and bullous keratopathy that can affect the vision of both a large and small animal. Moreover, this regenerative medicine therapy can be utilized to address dermatological problems in your small or large animal.
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