The procedure, which uses an animal's own fat to obtain adult stem cells, has been available for a few years. The stem cells are injected into damaged area to stimulate growth of healthy cells, encouraging regeneration.
Bob Harman, DVM and founder and CEO of Vet-Stem says while therapy for human use is still in early stages, thousand of horses and dogs have already been treated for tendon, ligament and joint injuries and diseases through Vet-Stem and so far the results have been amazing with many patients saying that the results were immediate.
During a 20 minute procedure about two tablespoons of fat, from the abdomen or should blade area are taken from an anesthetized dog and sent to Vet-Stem in San Diego.
Then, technicians use an enzyme to remove the connective tissue and free up the fat and stem cells. Within 48 hours the lab isolates stem and regenerative cells from the fat and sends them back to the local surgeons in syringes. In other words, the adult stem cells are taken from the animal to which they will be returned.