Hoschton veterinarian now offers stem cell therapy
Boomer, a 7-year-old Mastiff, was the first patient at Hoschton Animal Clinic to undergo a new stem cell therapy to treat arthritis in his legs and hips using adult stem cells culled from the fat which was removed from Boomer’s shoulder.
Dr. Kevin Chapman DVM performed the procedure a few months ago on Boomer. His owner, Janice Whittington said, “He’s old, I just didn’t want to see him hurt anymore. It’s a miracle when they first start to respond.”
Until recent years, older pets suffering from arthritis had only painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications to help with pain relief.
Pill therapies are costly, can be harmful to the liver, and may offer only minor relief for our precious pets.
Now, a different kind of assistance is on the way, thanks to a procedure developed by MediVet America and participating veterinarians like Dr. Chapman. MediVet America is the leading developer of animal stem cell regenerative therapy for pets suffering from osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, ligament and cartilage injuries and similar ailments.
“We feel pride in being able to offer such an advanced form of medicine to the residents of Georgia. It is more natural and permanent treatment for Arthritis than traditional pain medications and a less invasive procedure than joint replacement. I love that we are helping the body heal itself by supplying what it needs where it needs it most,” said Dr. Chapman.
The procedure uses adult animal stem cell technology and the body’s own regenerative healing power. No embryonic stem cells are used. MediVet’s kit and equipment enable veterinarians to remove a sample of fat from the pet, separate stem cells from the fat, then activate and inject the cells into the affected area. The entire procedure is all done in-clinic and on the same day.
Within about two months, most animals can be removed from pain and anti-inflammatory drugs. Results show animals that had been unable to climb stairs or jump, now are walking, running and playing.