What is stem cell therapy?
Stem cell therapy is referred to as regenerative medicine which is used to repair and regenerate damaged tissues. It is used to treat osteoarthritis and other types of injuries, to bones, joints, tendons, and spinal cords.
Stem cell therapy effectively regenerates tissue in the parts of the body that has been damaged due to a disease or injury, or is losing function. The procedure uses stem cells from the bone marrow, umbilical cord blood, or fat of either your pet or another animal of the same species.
This procedure is getting relatively common and can be performed at any veterinary care center by a vet or a specialist.
What conditions can be treated with this therapy and is it safe?
Stem cell therapy is most commonly used for the treatment of osteoarthritis in dogs and cats but it is also used for repairing bone, ligament, and spinal cord injuries and treating kidney and liver disease. Clinical research on further uses of stem cell therapy is ongoing.
The procedure has relatively fewer risks of inflammation, reaction, or infection. However, your vet will discuss the possible risk factors involved in the case of your pet. Some people claim that there’s a potential risk of cancer associated with this therapy but there isn’t conclusive research and evidence to back that statement.
How is it performed?
It is essential to consult a trusted and reliable vet in order to diagnose the problem and suggest the right course of action. Once a definitive diagnosis has been made and your pet is declared suitable for the therapy, the following steps are performed:
- The first step starts with putting your pet under general anesthesia. Then fat cells are collected from the bone marrow or fatty tissue through a small incision in the groin or shoulder region.
- The puncture wounds are then dressed and bandaged.
- The extracted fat cells are then sent to a laboratory. The process to obtain stem cells takes about 48 hours.
- The pet is again anesthetized and the stem cells are then directly injected into the affected area.
The number of injections will depend on the condition of your pet and might take place over several months.
Cost of the Stem Cell Therapy
Stem Cell therapy for your pet will cost somewhere between $2,000 and $3,000. The prices are likely to fluctuate due to multiple factors. Firstly it will depend on your pet’s condition and the number of injections required. The experience of your vet also plays a huge role in the cost of this procedure as more experienced vets are likely to charge higher.
Why choose Stem Cell Safari?
If you’re wondering how Safari Animal Hospital offers the best stem cell therapy for your pet then here’s why. With a professional and experienced team of vets, Safari Veterinary Care Center has successfully handled and treated several pets and has received astounding feedback from our clients expressing their satisfaction and gratitude.
Below are some of the reviews:
I sometimes can’t believe how blessed I am that there is a place like safari in Houston. I had already scheduled my dogs euthanasia appointment because she was in such pain from a herniated disc that she couldn’t move or eat when someone suggested contacting Safari about stem cell therapy for her ivdd. I called Safari, still crying, and was immediately transferred to Melinda, who immediately put me at ease and made me feel like there was hope for sasha. She asked me to bring her immediately. They called me before the treatment to explain it, immediately after to update me and every day that she was there. She is doing amazing already, and it is supposed to take a while to work. Update! Sasha went back for another set of stem cell treatment and continues to do better each day. From Jenna Haden
We cannot praise this facility and its staff enough. We brought our extremely sick springer spaniel from Dallas to their Houston animal hospital. From the minute we walked in the door, until our boy was loaded back into our truck these people went above and beyond to help him survive. The stem cell treatment was really his last chance and he’s now doing great at home where he belongs. Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Mike, Helen Fisher and of course Tomac. From Helen Fisher
I found Safari because of the stem cell treatment they offer, and contacted them and spoke with Melinda on numerous occasions. We had an urgent situation with a lot of changes based on new diagnostic information, scheduling, etc and Melinda was willing to accommodate every single time. Unfortunately we were not able to utilize the stem cell treatment due to a contraindication, but I was promptly refunded and am still extremely grateful for the flexibility they have shown. If I am ever in the need for their services again, I will absolutely not hesitate to call.Thank you, Melinda. I really appreciate your work and efforts. From Mika Lepisto
We traveled from NM to get stem cell treatment on my 12 year old corgi for IVDD.What an amazing place this is. Everyone was so nice to us. They let me stay with my dog till the very last moment that they had to pull him in for the procedure. Then as soon as he opened his eyes, they brought him back to me and let him wake up by my side. It helped reduce his stress so much.All the stuff was extremely helpful and welcoming. And Dr Garner is an amazingly kind man and he is not in it for the money. He truly loves the animals. Thank you Safari for taking such good care of Dawson. From Chryssa Charalambides