Considering stem cell therapy for your dog’s health issues? We’re answering the most common questions about HUC-DT, a new and groundbreaking stem cell therapy for dogs.
Is Dog Stem Cell Therapy a Proven Procedure or Illegitimate Unproven Practice?
Stem cell therapy has been used for injured and ailing dogs since the early 2000’s — techniques have evolved, and research continues to prove the many benefits of stem cell therapy in pets.
Stem cell therapy, especially the safer and more effective HUC-DT therapy, harnesses the body’s natural stem cell resources to target injured areas of the body with concentrated stem cells. This is so powerful because it delivers millions of stem cells where only a few hundred would have naturally existed.
This stem cell collaboration expedites and enhances the healing process, decreases pain, and improves your dog’s health, all while avoiding the need for surgery.
The following are just a handful of the hundreds of research articles and case studies available regarding stem cell therapy for dogs:
What Conditions Can SCT Help?
HUC-DT stem cell therapy provides an innovative and unprecedented procedure for many different conditions. It has the ability to help with any condition with an inflammatory component, including the following:
- Skin disease
- Partial ACL tears
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Chronic systemic illness
- Hip dysplasia
- Autoimmune disease
- Bone fractures
Autologous stem cell therapy and umbilical stem cell therapy both have the same goal: to improve a dog’s health by stimulating and accelerate the body’s innate healing capabilities. However, the two procedures have many distinct differences.
Autologous stem cell therapy collects healthy stem cells from a dog’s bone marrow or fat and injects those cells back into the same dog to heal and replace damaged and diseased cells.
This process requires dogs to be placed under anesthesia two times, once when their stem cells are harvested and once when their stem cells are injected back into their bodies. The potentially dangerous side effects of multiple anesthetic events are also a concern, especially for older and sickly dogs.
Autologous stem cell therapy is also expensive for dog owners as average costs range between $6,000 and $10,000 for one procedure!
Despite its price tag, autologous stem cell therapy can only deliver about 1,000 stem cells per mL during the procedure. This limits the healing power of the therapy.
Umbilical stem cell therapy (HUC-DT), on the other hand, uses cells obtained from the umbilical cord blood. After a baby is born, the umbilical cord contains blood with rare and potent stem cells that can be collected with no risk to the mother or baby.
HUC-DT uses a proprietary fractionation method to deliver a pure stem cell count of about 5 million cells per ml. With a higher concentration of stem cells, HUC-DT delivers the healing factors needed to help pets fight inflammation and heal more efficiently. Unlike the extremely high cost of autologous stem cell therapy, HUC-DT is available for just $2,000 on average.
The cells used for HUC-DT also don’t endure any complex processing system. They’re simply washed in saline and flash frozen. This means that each injection of HUC-DT is a suspension of pure cells; there are absolutely no foreign particles or fragmented fat cells as often found in autologous therapies.
What’s the Timeline of the Umbilical Cord SCT?
Umbilical cord stem cell therapy begins with a consultation with a HUC-DT certified veterinarian. The vet diagnoses your pet’s specific problem, evaluates the level of disease or injury, and performs any bloodwork or x-rays necessary to identify exactly where stem cells should be injected for maximum results.
The stem cells must be ordered to guarantee total freshness, so your dog’s procedure is scheduled for the day the stem cells arrive.
The process of infusing the joint or other body part with stem cells only takes about 30 minutes. Your dog can go home the same day without any problems or side effects.
Most canine patients respond after one single joint injection or IV infusion of HUC-DT stem cells.
Expect to reduce your dog’s activity for the first two weeks in order to maximize the healing potential of the procedure. Within a month of stem cell therapy, you will notice your dog’s symptoms diminishing as he regains his ability to move freely and without pain.
Most dogs return to to their previous activity levels within two months of therapy.
How Long Does the Procedure Last?
Most dogs only need one single HUC-DT stem cell procedure to resolve their conditions. It continues to work month after month, year after year.
However, some dogs with severe issues like chronic arthritis may benefit from a second injection about six months after the first injection. This re-infusion ensures that stem cells maintain their accelerated healing process and overcome any painful symptoms.
Why Aren’t More Vets Using SCT to Help Dogs With These Conditions?
Umbilical stem cell therapy offers such dramatic benefits that you may wonder why more vets don’t offer this innovative procedure.
HUC-DT is a new and groundbreaking therapy, so it’s only become available to veterinarians recently. All vets who perform HUC-DT must be fully trained and certified before they offer the therapy to their patients.
The process takes time to ensure umbilical stem cell therapy is always performed to the best quality possible.
What Should I Look for When Considering My Dog for HUC-DT?
If you’re ready to use umbilical stem cell therapy to improve your own dog’s health, wellness, and quality of life, make sure you select a vet who can guarantee these essentials:
- Only the highest quality stem cells with total purity are used
- The laboratory used to obtain and ship stem cells closely adheres to the regulations for cellular therapy created by the FDA
- The vet has been trained and certified by Stem Cells For Dogs
- The vet can share success stories of past patients whose health improved after HUC-DT
Can my vet perform HUC-DT?
Your vet can only perform HUC-DT if he has been certified through the Stem Cells For Dogs program. If your vet hasn’t achieved this certification, use this link to find a vet in your surrounding area who has the experience, knowledge, and proper certifications to perform HUC-DT therapy.
Of course, you can also hound your vet to obtain the certification himself! Many vets don’t realize the procedure even exists yet, so you can provide the training information and help your vet embrace HUC-DT therapy.
How Much Does Stem Cell Therapy Cost?
The average cost of HUC-DT℠ infusion is $2000. Some conditions may require fewer or higher volumes of stem cells, and your certified HUC-DT℠ veterinarian at your consultation appointment will be able to give you an exact estimate for the therapy.
You must pay for your dog’s stem cell therapy before cells are ordered. Once the cells leave the lab they are unable to be returned and are only viable for 24 hours.
What’s the Problem With Traditional Surgery?
In years past, traditional surgery was the only option for conditions like hip dysplasia, severe arthritis, and other chronic problem. However, surgery presents many problems that have inspired pet owners to seek out natural solutions like stem cell therapy.
First, traditional surgery is very expensive. To address hip dysplasia, for example, a single canine hip replacement begins around $5,000 but can easily add up to $7,500 or $10,000 after adding the costs of radiography, pain medication, anesthesia, and other factors.
Surgery also poses serious risks and side effects without offering reliable results. Many dogs who undergo hip replacement surgery, for example, end up rejecting their new hips after two years. Blood clots, infections, and reactions to anesthesia are just a few of the risks associated with surgery.
Overall, traditional surgery poses major side effects, costs tens of thousands of dollars, and requires extensive recovery time, all without any guarantee of improved health or quality of life for your dog.