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Posted In: Canine Health & Wellness
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a type of regenerative medicine that has been used in human medicine for years. Recently, it has shown to be promising for healing dogs as well.
What is PRP and how can it help dogs heal from an injury? To create an environment that optimizes healing after an injury, a small blood sample is taken from the dog and placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood at high speeds, separating the platelets. The platelets are then injected in and around the dog’s injury.
PRP and other regenerative medicine therapies can be used for a wide range of conditions including:
Here are a few common questions we get about regenerative medicine and PRP:
Can regenerative medicine help my dog?
If your dog has been suffering from arthritis, tendon injuries, or ligament injuries, your dog may be a candidate for regenerative medicine. A visit to your veterinarian and a thorough diagnosis of your dog’s injury will determine which treatment option is best.
How is PRP administered?
PRP is typically administer by injection directly to the area of injury. This includes injecting directly into a joint, tendon, or ligament. For cases involving wound care, the therapy is administered topically, similar to a wound dressing. Bone marrow aspirate concentrate stem cells are usually administered in combination with PRP for optimal treatment effects.
How long does the procedure take?
Processing for PRP can be done in less than 15 minutes from start to finish.
Will my dog need anesthesia?
Your dog may need to be anesthetized for injection depending on the location of injured tissue.
How long before I see results from PRP therapy?
Results from PRP therapy vary depending on the injury being treated. Fifty percent of dogs require a second treatment of PRP for clinical results to be apparent.
How long do results last?
Many veterinarians have noted therapeutic effects to last between 6 to 9 months for dogs with mild to moderate osteoarthritis.
Are there any side-effects?
Because PRP is from your dog’s own blood, there are usually very few side effects from treatment. Your veterinarian can discuss any risks with you prior to the procedure. Immediately after treatment, your dog may be sore from the injection, but this soreness should subside within a few days. If you have further questions or concerns about your pet following treatment, you should always contact your veterinarian directly.
The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at three locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.