Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy PRP
Is your pet on chronic medication for arthritis pain and decreased mobility? Limping, stiffness rising or laying down and decreased activity and muscle atrophy can be all clinical signs of pain. Regenerative medicine seeks to replace tissue or organs that have been damaged by disease or trauma versus the current clinical strategy that focuses primarily on treating the symptoms with medications. Regenerative medicine is not new as it has been used in human and equine medicine for several years. Top athletes from the Pittsburg Steelers, LA Dodgers and the Mets to golfers such as Tiger Woods have benefited from this therapy. It is only now that we are starting to realize it benefits in small animal patients and have been able to customize the treatment to canine patients. Science is important to us! We have researched and invested in a system that has been validated for canine blood and has been proven to yield the highest quantity of platelets without unwanted cell populations. This is very important as many systems on the market may not isolate the right components, which could cause harm, or are human systems that have not been validated for dogs.
We are currently offering Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP treatment at our hospital. Medical conditions such as osteoarthritis, tendon and ligament injuries, as well as adjunctive treatment to cranial cruciate surgical repair are indications for PRP therapy. Feline protocols are currently being developed and we hope to offer this therapy soon.
Clinical signs in patients that may be candidates for PRP therapy include stiff to get up and lay down, difficulty doing stairs or jumping into the car or on the bed and limping on one or more legs. Contrary to common belief, osteoarthritis can occur in patients of any age and is not limited to senior pets. Patients young and old can benefit from PRP therapy. PRP uses components from the patient's own blood and targets the region of disease or injury directly. As we are using a product from the patient's own body, there are no side effects that can sometimes occur when using systemic drug therapy. The cost of PRP therapy can be equal or less compared to monthly therapy with medications such as Metacam or Rimadyl or injections with Cartrophen.
Watch this short video on how PRP works
How it Works
Make an appointment with one of our veterinarians. A medical history and thorough physical exam will be performed.
X-rays plus or minus ultrasound will be performed to determine the pathology and identify the region(s) to be treated.*
A blood sample is taken from your pet and prepared to isolate the platelet-rich portion to be used on the same day.**
Under light sedation, the PRP is injected into the affected joint(s), muscle or tendon. The patient is discharged the same day.
A progress evaluation is made two weeks after the initial treatment to determine if the patient needs a second treatment. The effects of PRP can last 6-12 months or longer. PRP is a useful tool in a multi-modal approach to chronic pain, increasing quality of life and in many cases, quantity allowing pets to live longer and interact with their families longer. PRP is now covered by many pet insurance companies when a proper diagnosis is established and PRP is prescribed by a licensed veterinarian.
* x-rays and/or ultrasound are usually performed prior to treatment in a separate appointment to ensure a proper diagnosis and to make sure your pet is a good candidate for treatment. These diagnostics are not included in the price of the PRP therapy.
** Price of PRP therapy includes PRP collection, preparation, patient sedation, PRP administration and hospitalization
See how PRP has helped pets
Board certified orthopedic surgeon and rehabilitation specialist Dr. Sherman Canapp discusses PRP. Our veterinarians have trained with Dr. Canapp at VOSM, the largest orthopedic and sports medicine hospital in North America