Regenerative Medicine for Pets

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At Intermountain Pet Hospital, we strive to be leaders in the field of veterinary medicine and to be the move innovative pet health care provider in the valley. For that reason, we are proud to offer natural and proven healing techniques. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection is how we do this. This innovative treatment gives us the ability to recruit our patient’s own healing cascade and focus it in the location where we need healing to occur. This is particularly important in tissues where there is very little blood supply (i.e., joints, tendons, ligaments, etc.). This is truly a natural approach to healing; no drugs, no side effects, minimal risk. It’s natural

The purpose is to decrease pain and stimulate healing, the natural way.  

Patients with the following conditions may benefit from Platelet Rich:

  1. Arthritis (common with ACH injury or Hip Dysplasia)
  2. Joint pain
  3. Cartilage damage
  4. Tendon and ligament damage
  5. Hip Dysplasia

How does PRP work?

We harvest and isolate platelets and then inject it directly into a joint, tendon, ligament, etc., which helps that tissue repair itself. PRP contains high levels of growth factors sequestered in platelets - most notably platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) and transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta1) but also vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) which promotes neovascularization. These growth factors have anabolic healing effects which have been proven in multiple studies.

What about Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem Cell therapyStem Cell Therapy has been a hot topic over the last several years. Stem Cell Therapy involves taking tissue from a healthy section of an animal's body and applying them to an area damaged by injury or disease. In theory, the healthy tissue helps the damaged tissue regenerate, which reduces pain to that area, and allows it to function correctly. The reality is that we still lack sufficient evidence to know if this truly benefits our patients. Until there is ample evidence supporting its use or until advances in technique show it be more effective, Intermountain Pet Hospital is not offering Stem Cell Therapy