Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy in dogs
Is your dog recovering from an injury or suffering from a degenerative joint disease? Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can help.
Dogs that have suffered sports injuries such as a torn cruciate ligament recover faster with PRP therapy. Dogs with degenerative diseases such as arthritis can also benefit. PRP therapy speeds up the natural healing process and helps restore growth to deteriorating joints and cartilage.
Which diseases can you treat with PRP therapy?
PRP therapy accelerates various types of internal healing. It helps treat many conditions, including tendon and ligament injuries, soft tissue injuries, lameness and degenerative joint disease. It can even stop the damage caused by osteoarthritis by preventing joint cartilage from deteriorating.
What is PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)?
PRP (platelet rich plasma) is a fluid that comes from a patient's own blood plasma. The blood is drawn into a PRP tube, filtered and processed to concentrate the plasma and its healing platelets. Platelets stimulate healing by releasing growth factors. Growth factors provide stem cells with the information to move to the site of trauma and initiate repairs.
How is PRP therapy applied to the dog?
After administering a mild sedative to the dog, the doctor injects the platelet-rich plasma into the joint. Because PRP releases more growth factors than would naturally occur, it speeds up cell repair. PRP can be combined with stem cell therapy or other forms of regenerative medicine to promote healing. It can also be given as a stand-alone treatment in the clinic if stem cells are not used.