Canine Stem Cell Therapy vs. Surgery — A Cost Comparison

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Canine Stem Cell Therapy

Nobody associates the words surgery and affordable. It’s well understood that surgery is a complex and costly process. However, not many people realize that even the results of surgery are questionable.

Instead of draining your resources to put your injured dog through surgery, consider the alternative of canine stem cell therapy. This innovative regenerative procedure delivers efficient and long-lasting results at a fraction of the cost of surgery.

The High Cost of Surgery

Surgery is commonly viewed as the “last resort” treatment for severe injuries, but it isn’t always the best choice. Surgery comes with high costs, financially and physically.

Surgery Can’t Always Fix the Problem

There are certain health problems that simply can’t be fixed with surgery. Dog arthritis is a prime example. Even if a surgeon could remove some of a dog’s joint damage, arthritis is a degenerative condition that will continue to harm the joints after surgery. In these cases, surgery is nothing more than a Band-Aid solution.

The Cost of Surgery is Unrealistic for Most Pet Owners

The cost of surgery is extremely prohibitive. Whether it’s hip surgery, knee surgery, or anything in between, the initial surgery is likely to cost at least $3,000-$5000, plus the costs of anesthesia, recovery medications, and blood work!

Even worse, pet owners aren’t just looking at the initial cost of surgery- it’s highly likely for a dog to require a secondary surgery on the other side of the body. Secondary surgery is especially common with ACL repairs— about 50% of dogs blow their other ACL just a few months or years after undergoing surgery on the first ACL. This doubles the cost of medical care.

Yet very few pet owners have $6,000 or $10,000 sitting in savings. The costs involved in surgery, especially for acute and abrupt injuries that don’t allow for financial planning, can be devastating.

Traditional Alternatives to Surgery — and Their Flaws

While alternatives to surgery do exist, they are each limited by significant flaws.

Band-Aid Solutions

The majority of surgery alternatives are simply Band-Aids to a larger, unresolved problem. Imagine having a terrible toothache, but instead of going to the dentist or receiving treatment, you only apply numbing cream to the tooth at home. You might escape pain for a few hours, but the cause of the toothache is never addressed or improved.

This is the same problem that occurs with common surgery alternatives. Dogs experience slight pain relief from arthritis, hip dysplasia, or any other condition, but the problem never gets better. In cases of arthritis and other progressive diseases, the problem becomes significantly worse instead.

Drug Dosages Must Increase Over Time

NSAIDs and painkillers are the drugs most commonly prescribed for dogs experiencing ongoing pain and discomfort, but they present many downsides.

In addition to the well-documented side effects of painkillers and NSAIDs on the body’s vital organs, drugs also must be taken in larger and larger doses. This is done to counteract both the body’s tolerance to the drugs as well as the accelerated damage of the dog’s injured joints.

As a result, dogs who undergo long-term management with drugs end up in worse health because they develop issues like liver disease, kidney disease, and GI ulcerations in addition to their joint pain. Many dogs are even forced to stop taking painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications because their bodies stop processing them effectively.

Very Expensive

The dangers of drugs like painkillers and NSAIDs add up quickly, yet the medications provide no lasting benefits and cost more than $1,000 a year. It’s not uncommon for dog owners to spend at least $150 on prescriptions each month, which leads to a very high annual cost for an inefficient Band-Aid solution.

Imagine what else could be done with that $1,000 spent on painkillers. Canine stem cell therapy has emerged as a low-cost, high-efficiency alternative that delivers the deep healing and lasting results that other surgery alternatives do not.

Stem Cell Therapy: A Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Alternative to Surgery

For every pet owner who has ever thought in frustration, “There HAS to be a better way to help my dog!” — there is! Stem cell therapy isn’t just a Band-Aid solution. It fights the root causes of pain and discomfort using the body’s normal biological processes. Stem cell therapy is proven to decrease inflammation and help to rebuild injured tissues. This doesn’t just mask pain, but it reduces and eliminates it!

How Does Canine Stem Cell Therapy Work?

Canine stem cell therapy uses nothing but the immense healing power of stem cells, which already function naturally in the body, to heal and rebuild tissues when the body becomes damaged.

When stem cells are concentrated and injected into a dog’s injured joint or other body part, the stem cells immediately anchor themselves to the damaged tissues and begin secreting their own chemicals to reduce inflammation and direct other nearby cells to reverse the damage and stimulate healing.

In other words, canine stem cell therapy makes it possible for veterinarians to place millions of stem cells directly into areas of inflammation and injury to accelerate a dog’s natural healing process. Instead of a Band-Aid solution that costs a fortune but only masks pain or temporarily relieves it, canine stem cell therapy slows the progression of degenerative diseases like arthritis and heals the body at a deep root level.

How Many Stem Cell Procedures Are Needed?

Stem cell therapy is such a powerful regenerative therapy that most dogs only need one single procedure to experience dramatic improvements.

Since canine stem cell therapy can turn back to the clock on joint damage and heal the damage to a certain level, just one procedure can help a dog with early-stage arthritis outrun the disease to enjoy many more years of active movement and playfulness. For dogs enduring more aggressive forms of arthritis or injuries, stem cell therapy can still generate enough healing to restore comfort and a better quality of life.

The initial upfront cost of canine stem cell therapy is about $1,500 to $2,000, but dogs rarely require a secondary procedure or ongoing medications after stem cell therapy. As most pet owners spend that much money on medications every year, a $1,500 investment into stem cell therapy produces immeasurably better results than a $1,500 investment into inefficient Band-Aid medications or surgeries.

Canine Stem Cell Therapy Vs Surgery Costs

The infographic below lays out the specific costs associated with stem cell therapy compared to the most common dog surgeries. The numbers speak for themselves!

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