State of the Union on Canine Stem Cells

Stem cells are invaluable for treatment of degenerative diseases due to their ability to grow into any type of cell in the body. Currently, stem cell therapy is only widely used for human bone marrow transplants, though preliminary research is underway for dozens of other projects ranging from a cure for cancer to reversing Alzheimer’s disease. As a life-saving technology, stem cell therapy is the stuff of science fiction that will one day become science fact.

However, stem cells are used in hundreds of veterinary hospitals around the world. Canine stem cell storage and therapy have played a key role in the treatment of doggie conditions like arthritis, hip dysplasia, bone fractures and other inflamatory disorders. When other treatments fail to heal sick dogs, canine stem cell therapy has delivered results.

Typically, this treatment is only recommended as a last resort. Canine stem cells are grown from the dog’s own fat cells to ensure that the body doesn’t reject them. Then, the cells are injected into the arthritic area of the dog’s body to stimulate healthy cell growth. The whole process typically takes less than a week to heal and many dogs show signs of improvement the same day of the treatment.

Canine stem cell storage and therapy have made huge strides over the past several years. Research is being conducted on canine stem cells to treat neurological, heart, liver, kidney, and immunodeficiency diseases, and researchers are confident that many of these projects will bear fruit within the next five to ten years.

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