Local Veterinary Clinic has Success with Stem Cell Therapy for Animals

- MERCERSBURG, Pa. – Mercersburg Veterinary Clinic is having considerable success with their use of stem cell therapy for animals

Stem cell therapy is a procedure that uses an animal's own stem cells to aid in the repair of damaged tissue. Officials say the procedure will concentrate and program the animal's stem cells into seeking out damaged areas within the body.

The therapy can speed up animals' natural recovery time by healing wounds faster. 

“After the processing and activation of the cells, those cells will be injected into the joints that are affected, or IV in some cases for generalized diseases," said Dr. Roger Horst, veterinarian and owner of the Mercersburg Veterinary Clinic. 

The procedure can aid healing in conditions like arthritis, fractured bones and diabetes. Researchers are continuing to see how extensive this treatment can be by exploring other conditions that could benefit from the therapy.

Many animals who have been exposed to the treatment have experienced positive results. Kimber, a pet dog was one of these animals who used the treatment to help her allergies and skin issues.

“She was like a new dog. Her hairs all back, her ears are wonderful, her eyes aren't gunky, and she doesn't have any open sores," said Kristen Hamilton, Kimber's owner. "It's like the allergies were never there. She's strictly [in treatment] for allergies, she's never had a physical problem with her body, its always just been her skin."

Patients have shown improvement in as little as two to three days and have showed signs of long-term improvement. Dr. Horst said treatment typically lasts one to two years.

Officials said as long as proper techniques are used for the collection and injection of the stem cells, side effects should be minimal.

“I do understand that there are side effects that are worried about in most things, but stem cell [therapy] is not one of them. If the only side effect is this dog being happy, then I’ll gladly take it," said Hamilton.

Dr. Horst said the therapy can reduce and eliminate the need for long-term use of drugs in most cases. Continued therapy can allow for the possible delay or elimination of surgery for pets experiencing medical conditions.

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