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WHO ARE WE?
PetStem, Inc. is a veterinary stem cell research and development company whose mission is to develop and standardize pure and potent high quality stem cell treatments for orthopedic and chronic diseases in dogs and cats. Our novel approach aims to increase treatment efficacy, provide a consistent product, reduce pain, and be efficiently performed in an outpatient setting.
Arthritis is one of the most common ailments
seen in middle-aged to older pets. Even younger
dogs and cats, under the right circumstances,
can suffer from arthritic changes. Arthritis
causes changes within the affected joints that
are painful for the affected pet. This pain is
responsible for many of the signs associated
WHAT DO WE DO?
PetStem, Inc. began investigating the use of an animal’s own regenerative cells for healing tendon injuries and for easing the pain of osteoarthritis, after overwhelming success on human topics suffering from joint and tendon damage, arthritis, and other degenerative conditions. With PetStem's contribution, there are now thousands of veterinarians in the U.S. and Canada who have been educated regarding the benefits of helping the body to heal itself with stem cells. The course covers topics ranging from current research in Regenerative Cell Therapy, to how to select appropriate cases, to platelet rich plasma, adipose and bone marrow collection, and stem cell injection techniques. PetStem uses a variety of concentrated forms of adult stem cells to treat traumatic and degenerative diseases, including bowed tendons, ligament injuries, osteoarthritis, and osteochondral defects in dogs and cats.
Dr Dion F Regelson DVM
PetStem Technology & Summary
Over 78 million dogs are owned in the United States. Unfortunately over 19.5 million of them will suffer from at least one orthopedic condition during their life. These conditions hamper pets and owners causing great physical and emotional pain. Current treatment options are limited and can be costly, inconvenient and poorly tolerated. Pet Stem, Inc. will deliver innovative veterinary diagnostics and cell-based therapies focused on healing pets and improving their life. Below is a few things you should know pertaining to stem cell therapy in animals:
• Currently used in horses with bowed tendons, ligament injuries, and fractures, and in dogs with osteoarthritis
• More than 4,000 horses treated since 2003
• More than 3,500 dogs treated since 2006
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet rich plasma has been used widely in human and equine medicine, primarily to promote the healing of musculoskeletal injuries (e.g., tendons and ligaments), but it is now making its way into companion animal medicine. The process is relatively simple:
• A blood sample is drawn from the patient needing treatment.
• Using special equipment, the blood is spun down until the plasma (the liquid portion of
of blood) and platelets can be separated from white and red blood cells. The plasma
now contains a much greater concentration of platelets than does “normal” blood.
• The platelets are activated via the addition of thrombin, calcium, or other substances
or procedures that stimulate them to release their growth factors (chemical mediators
that stimulate the healing process).
• The liquid is injected into the injured area and/or given intravenously.
After injury, platelets and other blood components normally rush to the scene and start secreting growth factors that essentially tell the body, “Hey, we need collagen, fibroblasts, bone, or some other substance needed for the healing process over here.” By concentrating these factors in platelet rich plasma and injecting them directly into the site of injury, we give a boost the body’s natural ability to heal. When platelet rich plasma is given intravenously, the platelets are attracted to injured tissues and can travel to multiple sites or to locations that are difficult to inject directly. Intravenous injections of platelet rich plasma have a similar, though probably somewhat attenuated effect in comparison to direct injection at the site of the injury.
Bone Marrow Stem Cells (BMAC)
How it all works
Adipose Fat Stem Cells
The most common orthopedic condition in dogs is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a disease characterized by the deterioration of cartilage in the joints. As cartilage disappears, normal joint movement is affected, and chronic inflammation of the tissues surrounding the joint can result. It is a progressive disease that causes stiffness, limited range of motion and intermittent or chronic pain. It can be caused by aging, heredity, and injury from trauma or disease. Other orthopedic conditions that are common among dogs are hip dysplasia, cruciate ligament tears, elbow dysplasia and disc disease.
Depending on the age of the dog, orthopedic condition, weight and stage of disease or injury, treatment options can vary. For hip dysplasia it can involve lifetime anti-inflammatory medications to an invasive joint
replacement procedure. From $3 a day for medication to $2,000 to $3,000 for surgery, both options are expensive. If surgery is required it can be quite invasive while requiring extensive rehab. Whether you select daily medication or surgery neither can provide guaranteed results. We offer you, as a loving pet owner, an alternative method to these painful conditions that are causing your pet discomfort.
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