Stem cell research can be a controversial topic, but one type of treatment in idaho uses an animal's own fat cells to help regenerate tissue. According to veterinarians, this therapy can be extremely helpful to animals suffering from a variety of ailments.
Summer Joy stopped by alpine animal hospital in chubbuck to find out the details.
This Stem Cell Therapy is where Veterinarians take cells from the animal's fat tissue, treat it, and inject it into the problem area. Stem cells are the body's natural healing sources as it is a regenerative medicine. No place in Southeast Idaho currently performs this procedure, but Alpine Animal Hospital is hoping to someday be able to offer it. One of the biggest benefits Stem Cell therapy can do is help treat arthritis and maybe be able to cure it.
"And they are actually seeing cureative signs up to one time treatments, they will actually sometimes cure the arthritis," said Dr. Steven Haymore, from Alpine Animal Hospital.
Stem Cell Therapy also has been shown to improve joint pain, cartilage, tendon or ligament damage, hip dysplasia or chronic illnesses that don't respond to traditional treatments. One center in Meridian, Idaho has been offering this treatment for about 6 months.
"And even after a week after the Stem Cell treatment, the dog is able to jump into the back of the owners car and SUV that he hadn't been able to do well over the past two years," said Dr. Chris Roth, from Intermountain Pet Hospital and Lodge.
It cost between 12 and 16 hundred dollars for this same day procedure. Both doctors agreed that in the long run, compared with traditional treatment, it can actually save you money. According to doctors stem cell therapy can greatly improve your pet's quality of life, but also help give its owner peace of mind.
"I do think it helps the owner a lot, because it is hard to watch your best friend get old and start moving slower and I think it helps both the owner and the paitent," added Dr. Haymore.
If you have a pet that might be dealing with one of the issues that can be treated by stem cell therapy and you have some questions you can call alpine animal hospital to schedule a consultation at 208-237-1111.