For pets with painful, degenerative joint disease or recovering from surgery, PRP for dogs & cats has emerged as a powerful new treatment that uses blood cells from your pet’s body to facilitate healing.
PRP therapy for dogs & cats involves injecting your pet’s own platelet rich blood back into their body to help accelerate healing of joints, ligaments, & tendons. Because this therapy uses your pet’s own blood cells, it’s a natural way to help provide relief from painful joint disease and help your pets heal from injury or surgery.
WHAT IS PRP FOR DOGS & CATS?
PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy, and this treatment is used for humans and pets alike.
When PRP for dogs & cats is deployed, a veterinarian draws blood from your pet, which is spun down in a centrifuge to separate various types of blood cells. The platelets are then injected back into your pet’s body where there’s joint disease or tissue trauma from injury or surgery. By injecting platelets back into a problem area of your pet’s body, the concentrated solution with platelets helps stimulate and increase the cells that will help repair or foster healing in your pet’s body.
WHAT’S THE PROCEDURE OF PRP FOR DOGS & CATS?
Depending on your pet’s tolerance for the procedure, PRP injections may require sedation or may be able to be administered without sedation. The veterinary team draws the blood, spins it down to isolate the platelets, and injects it back into your pet into the painful joint.
The procedure is done as a day procedure in the veterinary hospital, and typically takes about an hour, which includes the time for blood collection, preparation of the sample, and injection.
In addition, ultrasound imaging is sometimes used to review and guide the injection process.
WHICH CONDITIONS MAKE A PET A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR PRP FOR DOGS & CATS?
In general, PRP for dogs & cats is helpful for the following conditions or medical needs:
- Tendon healing
- Joint healing
- Ligament ruptures & injuries from hyperextension
- Hip & elbow dysplasia
- General inflammation
HOW LONG DOES PRP FOR DOGS & CATS LAST?
Many dogs who were treated in a PRP pilot program were still benefiting a year after treatment.
HOW DO PETS RESPOND RIGHT AFTER PRP FOR DOGS & CATS?
Some dogs displayed a modest amount of discomfort for about 20 minutes after the PRP treatment. Some dogs may have “Flare” (a localized inflammation) for 2-7 days post injection. Pet owners also have reported that they saw obvious benefits & improvement in their pets within a couple days of treatment, followed by a minor “relapse” of symptoms about two weeks after the treatment. Once that relapse period subsided, pet owners have reported ongoing improvement for more than a year.
HOW LONG HAS PRP THERAPY BEEN USED?
Platelet therapy has been used since the early 1970s, specifically to help treat severe gingivitis and in surgeries designed to build bone mass in the jaw to get ready for dental implants. Once PRP proved effective in those initial applications, the medical community started using PRP therapy for tendon & ligament damage – particularly for professional athletes. This therapy is now also being used in the veterinary community with great success.
WHAT IS THE POST TREATMENT REGIMEN FOR PETS THAT RECEIVE PRP THERAPY?
Because many anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) can suppress platelet function, they should be avoided for 1 week prior to treatment and 2 weeks following treatment. Galliprant, a relatively new NSAID for use in dogs, is more platelet-sparing, and your veterinarian may approve using it in certain situations. Typically, your veterinarian will ask you to restrict your dog’s activities to only walking moderately on a leash for several days. For the first two weeks after treatment, dogs should not be forced to go on runs. After several weeks, your dog or cat may resume normal activities.
Platelet-rich plasma treatments have been shown to be effective in both humans and animals. It’s also a treatment that provides a jump start for the body’s natural healing processes.
Need to ease your pet’s discomfort with chronic orthopedic issues, or after injury or surgery? Contact Mile High Animal Hospital of Aurora, or call us at 303.693.6484 to schedule a consult and a PRP session for your dog or cat.
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