Stem Cell Process for Dogs: What to Expect from Start to Finish


Stem Cell Process for Dogs: What to Expect from Start to Finish

It's no secret that many pet owners take their dog's health incredibly seriously. After all, we tend to love and care for them tremendously. At Highland Veterinary Clinic, we want our patients to stay abreast of the latest options regarding their pet's health. We are excited to explain more about stem cell therapy and what it could mean for your beloved furry friend.

You've likely heard of stem cell therapy as a form of treatment to address a variety of health concerns in people. In fact, stem cells to address diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma. However, the medical world has evolved by addressing not only concerns in people but also our pets—namely cats and dogs.

Research proves that under the right conditions and for the right medical purposes, stem cells can effectively help dogs and cats live longer and have a higher quality of life as well. This treatment can be a game-changer for pets and their owners alike.


Which Conditions Can be Addressed in Dogs?


Stem cells aren't considered a "cure-all" for just any disease. In fact, this wouldn't be the best option for most treatments. However, studies indicate that it has been helping in addressing osteoarthritis, bone injuries, as well as issues with joints, tendons, ligaments, and the spinal cord. As a dog's age, these areas are especially impacted, and stem cells could curb some of those symptoms. The hope is that over time; stem cells can be successfully used to treat or even cure more serious conditions as well.


How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?


While this is certainly an exciting option, you may still be scratching your head about what you should expect during the treatment process. We are happy to walk you through that process! Consider stem cells as an option to "start over." Essentially, a stem cell can become any type of cell and can even regenerate tissue in a diseased or otherwise damaged area of the body. When it comes to pet stem cells, they are harvested from the umbilical cord, bone marrow, or fat from the pet itself or another animal of the same species.

Once obtained, the stem cells are injected directly into the problem area. At that point, the cells go to work relieving inflammation and pain while simultaneously promoting new and healthy tissue growth. The new cells do not develop scar tissue but instead promote new tissue.


Which Dogs Benefit from Stem Cell Therapy?


The truth is, not every dog needs stem cells. When making the decision about whether or not this is a good option for your canine, consider the likeliness of success as well as your dog's age and current overall health. If your pet is in reasonable health and could have several years of quality life, then stem cells may be the avenue to go.

However, it's important to understand that stem cells are fairly expensive. Two or three injections can cost upwards of $2,000. Your veterinarian can discuss the specifics of whether or not stem cells are the right choice for you and your pet.




Your dog is an important part of your family. At Highland Veterinary Clinic in Evansville, IN, we understand that their health matters. We are here to answer your questions and provide additional support while making those difficult decisions regarding their health. For more information about stem cells, please contact our office. We would be happy to set up a consultation to go over the specifics about your pet.