Stem Cell Therapy

by Pawlicy Advisor
Veterinary Terms
Stem Cell Therapy

What is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cell therapy is the process of inserting stem cells into damaged or diseased tissues, like a torn ligament or arthritic joint. Stem cell therapy is considered a regenerative medicine because it aids the body in repairing and regenerating damaged tissue.

To begin stem cell therapy treatment, an animal is put under anesthesia and fat cells are taken from their body. These fat cells are taken to a laboratory, where stem cells are removed and concentrated from the sample. These stem cells are then injected back into the animal in the diseased area. If successful, the animal will experience improvement soon after.

How Stem Cell Therapy Works

Stem cell therapy is an expanding field that has many applications for injured or ill animals.

NOTE: Some pet insurance plans do cover stem cell therapies. Be sure to compare plans side-by-side if this is an important coverage item for you.

Key Takeaways

  • Stem cell therapy is a regenerative treatment aimed at repairing damaged or diseased tissue.
  • Fat cells are taken from the affected animal’s body, then stem cells are isolated from the fat cells and reinjected into the animal’s affected area to promote regeneration.
  • Stem cell therapy is covered under some accident-illness pet insurance plans.

Related Terms

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