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Dogs Stop Using Pain Medications After Stem Cell Therapy

Survey data reveals more than 62 percent discontinue, decrease use

2009-07-10 --

Regenerative cell therapy reduces a dog's dependency on pain medications and improves its quality of life, according to survey results released today by Vet-Stem. The San Diego-based company holds exclusive rights to fat-derived stem cell therapy in veterinary medicine. More than 5,000 horses, dogs and cats suffering from arthritis and tendon or ligament injuries have had regenerative cell therapy through their veterinarians. 

According to owners, at 90 days post stem cell treatment, more than 62 percent of dogs with arthritis discontinued or decreased use of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Further feedback from veterinarians and owners indicated that more than 75 percent of dogs with arthritis have improved quality of life after their treatment.

Previous to regenerative stem cell therapy, owners had few options for their arthritic dog or cat in pain. The most common treatment -pain medication- shows positive results in helping animals deal with arthritis pain, but many are also known to cause internal complications. 

"Dog and cat owners now have an option to help their arthritic pet in pain, with a low risk of side effects," said Vet-Stem CEO Dr. Robert HarmaT“This feedback from veterinarians and owners shows that fat-derived stem cell therapy makes a significant difference in a dog's life. The data proves just how important it is."

Vet-Stem's fat-derived stem cell therapy is available nationwide in the US and in Canada through more than 2,100 authorized veterinarians. It is used to help dogs, cats or horses that are suffering from arthritis and tendon or ligament injuries. A veterinarian in either country can become credentialed in the use of stem cell therapy by taking an online course. Thus far, veterinarians have treated more than 5,000 animals; many have successfully treated multiple dogs, cats and horses.

Vet-Stem’s voluntary surveys included results from more than 50 veterinarians and more than 200 owners of dogs treated with fat-derived stem cell therapy since October 2007.
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About Vet-Stem, Inc.

Vet-Stem, Inc. was formed in 2002 to bring regenerative medicine to the veterinary profession. In January of 2004, Vet-Stem introduced the first veterinary stem cell service in the United States. The privately held company is working to develop therapies in veterinary medicine that apply regenerative technologies while utilizing the natural healing properties inherent in all animals.

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