May 10, 2011

Stem Cell Therapy for Dogs- How Long Does it Last?

Posted by Bob under dog arthritis, stem cell therapy

Many dog owners who are considering stem cell therapy for their dog want to know if stem cells are a one-time treatment or if periodic injections are needed.  The answer is yes to both questions.

Some dogs treated with stem cells see a prolonged benefit that lasts years, click here to read Yogi’s experience. Other dogs, especially older dogs with more severe arthritis might need re-treatment periodically. 

Vet-Stem has compiled treatment results of young and old dogs.  The results show that 63% of older dogs and 78% of young dogs did not get re-treated in the 12 months following initial treatment.  The need for re-treatment will vary depending on each animals condition, activity level and overall health, but this valuable information may help you decide how to treat arthritis in your dog.

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  1. Alice Brumley Said,

    We got VetStem\’s stem cell treatment for our lab-mix dog (she was 7 years old at the time). It has been over a year, and she still does not show the symptoms of pain from arthritis that she had before (she walks with a normal gait, no limping). Also, while our dog was under for the fat collection, she also had an arthrodesis done on one of her ankles (she severely separated it from jumping off of a high ledge). Our dog\’s healing time from that surgery was a month faster than what the vet expected. The vet suspects that the stem cell treatment may have sped up the recovery time from that surgery as well.

  2. Nancy Gasta Said,

    My dog, Buff, has had two vet-stem treatments. He is 12 years old, and has one more treatment available to him. He was slowing down and unwilling to go upstairs about two months ago, and at the advise of our vet, Dr. Evelyn Sharp, we doubled his glucosomine to 1500 mg a day, and he now moves freely and goes up and down the stairs. We think the glucosomine in combination with the Vet-Stem has helped him. People who see him on the beach near my home noticed the difference in his ability to move and play with the other dogs.

  3. Bob Said,

    Great Alice! It is so great to hear about cases and how long the therapy can last. And your veterinarian is correct about more rapid healing after a surgery. We get that reported often. Good luck and keep us informed of the adventures of your buddy!

  4. Bob Said,

    Hi Nancy. Sorry to hear about Buff. I don’t know the details about the case, but if the joint(s) are not stable due to a prior tear in a cruciate, the extra movement (like wearing shoes that are too big) can cause continued breakdown. I will have our west coast veterinarian contact your veterinarian, Dr. Sharp, to discuss options to make Buff as comfortable as possible. You do have stored doses that might be used, if your veterinarian believes it is the right course. As you know, they can just be thawed out, quality checked, and shipped the same day. The glucosamine is a solid plan as it also helps reduce inflammation.

  5. Booster Said,

    Hello. My 8 year old yellow lab has two bad hips. I will use stem cells before considering hip replacement(s). I have heard of theree options:

    (1) Vet-Stem Injecting cells extraxcted from my own dogs fat tissue
    (2) A cell therapy
    (3) Bio Scaffold

    I know 2 and 3 are different produccts..and I “presume 1 is also.

    What to do and why so?

  6. Bob Said,

    Great question, Booster. The Vet-Stem method is removing a small amount of fat from your pet and extracting the stem cells at the Vet-Stem Central Laboratory. They are immediately quality control checked and returned fresh and ready to inject in your pet’s hips. They go to work reducing pain and inflammation and rebuilding the damaged joint.

    The other two do not contain any stem cells, but instead provide a scaffold or structure that is intended to attract stem cells. As far as I know, there are no published peer-reviewed clinical studies of these last two scaffold products in dog arthritis, so hard for me to comment on their effectiveness. With the cell therapy, veterinarians have treated over 4,000 dogs with arthritis and there are two peer-reviewed articles on clinical studies showing that the cells can reduce pain and inflammation, even when tested in a blinded study with saline placebo. The scaffolding can also be used at same time as stem cells, but again, no published studies on this. Hope this answers your questions and helps you make decisions. You can find a veterinarian that is credentialed and experienced in stem cell therapy by going to and selecting “Locate-A-Vet.”

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