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Regenerative Medicine in Small Animals

October 26, 2017 | by kate.allen@hooknortonvets.co.uk | Pets

Is your pet suffering from osteoarthritis, tendon injury or had a joint surgery? Have you considered regenerative medicine, the natural choice to pain relief?

Regenerative medicine is the process of replacing, engineering or regenerating cells or tissues to restore or establish normal function. This works by stimulating the body’s own repair mechanisms naturally to functionally heal tissue. Working with the animal’s own repair mechanism, it amplifies or manipulates this process to make new tissue without the use of drugs. It means animals might fully come off long-term pain medication.

Regenerative Medicine Treatment Options
Regenerative medicine options at HNVG include platelet rich plasma (PRP), bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) or Stem Cells. The service is run by Will Oldham, mainly in conjunction with Nupsala Veterinary Services. For more information, please contact us on 01608 730501.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) HNVG

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma 

Blood is collected from the pet from which the platelets are harvested via a specialist machine. Within each platelet are growth factors that encourage new cells or tissue growth. Concentrating these factors allows injection into the damaged tissue/joint to stimulate healing. It can be used in conjunction with other treatments e.g. painkillers, following injury or surgery to accelerate healing and reduce recovery times. Results can last up to 1 year from 1 injection.





BMAC – Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate

This therapy involves bone marrow being harvested from the Humerus. A specialist machine is then used to recover the cells.  This is a varied population of cells, some of which are progenitor (stem) cells that can modulate and stimulate healing. Mainly used in the treatment of tendons and joints we have found its use to be beneficial in young elbow dysplasia in gun dogs


Using fat from the dog, the stem cells are cultured in the laboratory to increase their number. It takes approximately two weeks giving rise to millions of cells, enough to treat two joints. Implanted into the affected joint these cells then modulate the healing process. Eight months after stem cell treatment for osteoarthritis 33% of dogs have discontinued their pain medication completely and more than 28% had reduced their pain medication.



All photos have been reproduced with kind permission of Nupsala Veterinary Services


Written by kate.allen@hooknortonvets.co.uk

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