Plasma Therapy: Arthritis Relief for Dogs & Cats in Duluth
Platelet rich plasma therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that uses parts of your pet’s own blood to help them heal from an injury or reduce pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis. Originally provided for humans, this treatment has also proven to provide pain relief for dogs and cats. We’re very happy to be able to offer this minimally-invasive treatment to more effectively help our patients overcome painful and/or slow-to-heal conditions, and give them a better quality of life.
To find out whether your pet is a candidate for platelet rich plasma therapy, call us at (770) 817-9565.
How Does Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Work?
Platelets are a type of blood cell that contain a growth factor that can trigger cell growth, speed up healing and tissue regeneration. We obtain these platelets by first drawing a small amount of blood, then by using a centrifugation process that separates the plasma and platelets from the red blood cells. Then we draw off the plasma to set a concentrated sample of platelet rich plasma (PRP). Once we have the PRP we can then inject those platelets into and around the injury site, which is typically a joint or tendon.
Depending on the area affected and the nature of the injury, your pet might need to be lightly sedated to be more comfortable.
What Can be Treated with Platelet Rich Plasma?
We can offer platelet rich plasma therapy to treat a wide variety of conditions in pets, such as:
- Tendon and ligament injuries
- Soft tissue injury including muscle and skin
- …and more
What are the Side Effects of PRP?
There is minimal risk of any side effects following platelet rich plasma therapy, since your pet is being injected with their own blood platelets. They might experience some mild discomfort at the injection site for a short time, but this is normal and should dissipate quickly.
Ask us about other minimally invasive non pharmaceutical treatments for pain and osteoarthrosis such as laser therapy, Nutraceuticals and polyglycan injections. If you would like to know more about platelet rich plasma therapy and how it can help your pet, call us at (770) 817-9565 to make an appointment.