Platelet Rich Plasma
Ever wished your dog could heal herself/himself? Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is one modality of regenerative medicine that enables self-healing by utilizing your dog’s own blood, which naturally contains platelets. Here’s how it works:
Platelets are the body’s “First Responders” to an injury. They aid in the repair process for diseased or damaged tissue, like osteoarthritis, soft tissue injuries and wounds. Platelets attract stem cells, which are essential for tissue regeneration. The growth factors that platelets contain are also integral in healing inflammation and new tissue regeneration. PRP contains a higher concentration of platelets that can be delivered directly to the source of pain or injury.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a proven, effective treatment for many musculoskeletal conditions, while being less invasive or risky than surgical treatment, when indicated. Good for performance dogs such as Schutzhund, Agility, and Field dogs. Service dogs such as Police, Search and Rescue, and Assistance dogs will get back to work faster with PRP therapy. PRP is for dogs with the following conditions:
* Hip Dysplasia
Here is our process of PRP therapy at the VetBus:
We draw a blood sample from your dog, sedate your dog, then use a Companion canine centrifuge to spin down the blood to produce PRP. We then inject the concentrated PRP product into your dog’s affected area(s) while under sedation. Most canine patients will receive an initial injection and then a subsequent PRP booster injection in 2-4 weeks.
The VetBus has the leading Canine Validated Centrifuge: the Companion Animal Health Canine Platelet Rich Plasma Centrifuge. Studies have demonstrated that a centrifuge’s ability to produce a high enough percentage of platelets while decreasing red blood cells and white blood cells in the sample, can lead to superior PRP therapy results. Other centrifuge manufacturers do not have the capability of producing such a high concentration of platelets and low concentration of red blood cells and white blood cells from one blood sample.
Please contact the VetBus at (760) 230-6040 for more information about how PRP therapy may benefit your dog. Before we treat your dog, we will need x-rays of the affected joint(s) from your regular veterinarian. We look forward to working with you and your dog to offer regenerative medicine.