Small Animal FAQ
What is MediVet Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cells are powerful healing cells in your body that can become other types of cells. There are many adult stem cells in fat tissue, however they are asleep. MediVet’s stem cell therapy allows your vet to isolate stem cells from an animal’s own fat tissue, wake them up, and re-introduce the healing cells into the areas of need.
What is so great about Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cells treat the source of the problem by offering the ability to become new tissue to replace damaged tissue. Other treatments, such as NSAIDs, merely attempt to reduce symptoms. The treatment is very low risk, because it uses the animal’s own stem cells. It offers an all-natural alternative to drugs and steroids. In a recent randomized sampling of 155 canines sufferings from osteoarthritis > 95% showed improvements as reported by the treating Veterinarians.
How long has this been available?
Stem cell therapy for animals has been commercially available since 2004. MediVet was the pioneer in offering to the Veterinarian industry same day, onsite treatments and has to date completed over 10,000 treatments globally.
Why Ask for MediVet Stem Cell therapy?
For pet owners, there are two main advantages to MediVet. First, the processing is all done in your vet’s office. This eliminates variability in outside shipping of the sample as well as offers a fresh is best approach to isolating, activating and re-administering your animals living cells back to the areas of need. The MediVet process has been independently validated in a blinded university medical setting.
What is Activation, and why is it important?
MediVet has a patented technology in which your animal’s stem cells will be activated with Platelet Rich Plasma (from a blood sample) and photobiostimulation (light).This dual activation process provides an increase in metabolic rate thus giving the cells the highest potential to survive once placed in the environment (your animal) and potential repair.
Is it safe?
Yes, this procedure is very safe. On a typical dog, this is easier than a spay, and the fat is collected in about 15 minutes by your vet. Processing the sample is done carefully by a highly trained MediVet representative (or by a lab tech carefully trained by that representative). In the thousands of animals treated, we have not observed any negative side-effects from MediVet’s stem cell therapy.
What happens to my pet when they come in for stem cell therapy?
First, your vet will put your pet under general anesthetic. Then, he/she will make a small incision and collect 2-4 tablespoons of fat (either in the belly or behind the shoulder blades). Then a trained technician will process the sample, right in the clinic, using MediVet equipment. The sample is activated then introduced to the patient. The patient can then go home, same day.
What is the recovery period, and how long does it take to see results?
We recommend that the patient be kept quiet for the first 10 days. Then, while they may feel a lot better, you will need to be careful so your pet doesn’t injure themselves until they build up some of their muscles. Swimming and walking in water is great therapy. We typically see improvement starting after 3 weeks, and then continuing up to around 2 months.
What conditions do you treat?
Our typical patient has osteoarthritis (hip dysplasia, degenerative joint disease, calcifications, common degeneration and inflammation), soft tissue injuries (cruciate injuries, tears, ruptures, Inflammation), or needs accelerated healing of fractures. If your animal is suffering from something different such as Atopic Dermatitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease etc. your Vet will consult a team in order to consider stem cell as a treatment option compassionately.
How long does a treatment last? What happens if my pet starts having trouble again?
We typically see about 1-4 years of relief after the initial treatment. Most pet owners chose to bank cells, so retreatment is easy. MediVet has a banking facility in Kentucky. If symptoms return, your vet merely requests a dose of cells from the bank, and re-introduces the cells. No surgery is necessary.
Are there any animals that you don’t treat?
It is MediVet’s policy to bring its customers the latest data and provide recommendations for the safety of all patients. Currently, MediVet recommends that no animals with malignant cancer be treated with ADSCs
What current Universities are MediVet partnering with?
MediVet currently has partnerships with the following Universities; University of Kentucky College of Medicine, University of Tennessee Veterinary College, Kansas State University Veterinary College, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine among other international university institutions.
MediVet Biologics Equine Adipose Derived Stem Cells FAQs
What types of Stem Cells are harvested?
MediVet system allows the equine practitioner the ability to offer an onsite treatment option. Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) are contained in adipose (fat) and are easily accessed with enzyme digestion, incubation and centrifugation. These cells are contained in a multipotent cell pool medically termed the Stromal Vascular Fraction or SVF.
In addition to MSCs the SVF will contain endothelial cells, smooth muscle cells, macrophages, bioactive peptides as well as many helper cells to induce and trigger healing. The procedure is easy and with new harvest technology scaring is nearly eliminated.
Why move this service in-clinic?
Traditional shipping methods can be expensive, weather dependent and potentially yield a high number of dead cells proportional to the overall sample. Installing the service on site provides the ability to incorporate a new service, treat same day as well as offers increases in viability of fresh cells.
What makes MediVet’s process unique?
The MediVet process to isolate, concentrate and activate stem cells is currently in use at the University of Georgia, Kansas State University, University of Tennessee as well as the University of Kentucky . The process yields a highly efficient cell per gram ratio while also incorporating activation of the sample prior to re-introducing to the patient.
Why use PRP with Stem Cells?
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP allows for an adjunctive autologous value add to the stem cell fraction. The MediVet kit comes standard at no additional expense a protocol for each treatment that includes PRP and Stem Cells. PRP can help with survival of the cells upon introducing to the patient, reduce inflammation as well as provide cyto-protective properties when transit is necessary.
Why use Light Activation?
MediVet utilizes light activation of the sample prior to introduction to the patient. Frequencies of light can stimulate the cell sample resulting in increased proliferation, gene expression as well as metabolic rate essential to repair.
What is Nanofiber and how is it useful?
Nanofiber technology provides a product that offers many synergies for improved medical outcomes for your patients. Nanofiber can be used as a wound patch, in-vivo for a scaffold in a degraded joint or injury or as an injury specific printed matrix to mimic soft tissue. All forms add tremendous value to the MediVet range of regenerative products.