Posted on: 20 September 2017Share
Pets can undergo stem cell therapy at a place like Greenside Regenerative Therapies to treat various degenerative conditions, such as tendonitis and arthritis. The stem cells that are used can be harvested in different ways. This article discusses some of the sources of the stem cells that a vet may use to treat your pet.
Autologous Stem Cells
Stem cells can be harvested from the very animal that needs treatment for a regenerative condition. The animal is first placed under anaesthesia before some fats are removed from its body. Those fats then undergo a process to extract the dormant stem cells contained in the fats. The cells are then purified before they are injected into the bloodstream or affected part of the pet that was affected by the degenerative disease. Alternatively, the stem cells may be extracted surgically from the bone marrow of the affected pet. This option is more invasive than the process through which stem cells are obtained from the fats of your pet. Getting the stem cells from the bone marrow is therefore not advisable for pets whose health has already been seriously compromised since that extraction process can weaken the animal further.
Allogenic Stem Cells
It is also possible to use the stem cells from another animal (allogeneic stem cells) to treat your pet. Such stem cells can be got in two ways. First, vets can harvest stem cells from the umbilical cords of pets that deliver by caesarean section. Such umbilical cords would have been discarded as medical waste if the process of extracting the stem cells from them wasn't carried out.
The second way of obtaining stem cells for treating other animals is by extracting those cells from an animal that has been bred for that purpose. This option may not be suitable for people who are concerned about animal rights since the process can be seen as raising animals in order to inflict suffering upon them as stem cells are harvested. An alternative way to get stem cells for your pet is by asking someone to use his or her pet as a donor for the stem cells that will be used to treat your animal. The downside to this option is that it is lengthy because tests need to be done to confirm that the stem cells will not be rejected by your pet's body. Stems cells harvested from umbilical cords have already undergone screening to ensure compatibility with the recipients.
Stem cell therapy can help your pet to regrow the tissues or bones that have degenerated. The procedure can therefore give your pet a new lease of life. Talk to a vet and discuss the options above for obtaining stem cells so that you can reduce the suffering that your pet is undergoing due to a degenerative condition.