Arthritis is a common condition that affects many dogs as they age. It can cause pain, stiffness, and difficulty with mobility, leading to a decreased quality of life for our furry companions. While traditional treatments like medication and surgery are available, pet owners are often looking for alternative options that are less invasive and more effective. Stem cell therapy is one such option that is gaining popularity among pet owners. Ardent Animal Health has partnered with thousands of veterinary clinics to provide the technology for veterinarians to offer our stem cell therapy called ActiStem. In this post, we’ll cover everything that pet owners need to know about stem cell therapy for dogs with arthritis.

What is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cell therapy is a medical procedure that uses stem cells to promote the healing and regeneration of tissues. In Ardent’s ActiStem procedure, a sample of the dog’s own stem cells is collected, concentrated, and then injected into the affected area. This provides growth factors and proteins that help to promote the healing process.

Benefits for Dogs with Arthritis

ActiStem therapy has been shown to be a highly effective treatment for dogs with arthritis. The therapy helps to reduce pain, improve mobility, and slow down the progression of the disease. Additionally, stem cell therapy is less invasive than surgery and carries fewer risks than other treatments. This makes it an attractive option for pet owners who are looking for a less invasive way to help their dogs manage their arthritis.

Did you know that you can bank your pet’s stem cells?

Ardent provides the option to cryo-store your pet’s stem cells for future use. If there is ever a need for ActiStem treatment down the road, your pet’s banked stem cells can be called upon at a moment’s notice for a quick and easy injection in areas of need.

Safety of Stem Cell Therapy

ActiStem therapy is considered a safe and low-risk procedure for dogs with arthritis. However, as with any medical procedure, there is always a risk of side effects and complications. Pet owners should consult with their veterinarian to determine if stem cell therapy is a viable option for their dog and to discuss any potential risks or side effects. The most common reported side effect is injection site soreness.

When to Consider Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy can be an effective alternative to surgery or medication for some dogs with arthritis. However, it is not appropriate for all cases. Pet owners should consult with their veterinarian to determine if ActiStem therapy is a viable option for their dog and whether it is the best choice for their specific situation.

Stem cell therapy is a promising treatment option for dogs with arthritis. With its ability to promote healing and regeneration, ActiStem therapy can help dogs manage their arthritis and improve their quality of life. Pet owners who are considering stem cell therapy for their dogs should discuss it with their veterinarian to determine if it is the right choice for their furry companion!