What is Hip Dysplasia
Hip dysplasia is one of the most common joint and skeletal problems in canines. It occurs when the ball portion of the femur and socket of the hip joint do not align properly due to some kind of malformation. This results in a joint that rubs or grinds together rather than gliding like it should, and this leads to arthritis, pain, and in some instances loss of function of the hip joint.
Hip dysplasia in dogs is generally thought to be genetic in origin since it appears to be inherited, and some breeds are more likely than others to be be affected. German Shepherds are at the top of the list, followed by Rottweilers, Great Danes, Saint Bernards, Neapolitan Mastiffs and American Staffordshire Terriers. However, almost any breed can be affected. Sadly, the signs of hip dysplasia usually begins while the dog is young, and can progress rapidly depending on the severity of the malformation.
Stem Cell Therapy For Hip Dysplasia in Dogs
Stem cells work in two major ways; first they decrease inflammation (which decreased pain and swelling within the joint) and secondly they help aid in the process of regeneration. Stems cells are the building blocks of the body. They are referred to as ‘unspecialized cells’ and have the capacity to develop into more specialized cells such as muscle tissue, blood cells or nerve cells. They also help regulate the inflammation and healing pathways in areas of damage much like a general contractor regulates and orders what kind of repairs are done in a home restoration.
In humans, stem cell therapy has already been found to improve conditions such as arthritis, sports injuries, osteoporosis and joint pain. Research has shown that in some situations, stem cells can regenerate damaged bone, cartilage, muscle or nerves in dogs, too. This research gives our canine patients suffering from hip dysplasia new hope in treatment. Already, stem cell therapy has been successfully used to treat dogs with bone, joint, and ligament problems such as hip dysplasia.
Before stem cell therapy became an option, pets with hip dysplasia had two major treatment plans:
- Lifelong medication for pain and arthritis which over time could have negative side effects in the body.
- Undergo a total hip replacement therapy at a specialist. However, hip replacements in dogs are commonly rejected or fail within the first few years.
HUC-DT℠ and Hip Dysplasia
I’m Dr Tyler Simpson, the head vet at Sunrise Animal Clinic in Taylors, South Carolina. If you’ve found this page, your four-legged friend is very lucky.
I’m leading the way in human umbilical stem cell therapy for dogs. I’ve found that although autologous stem cell therapy is pretty good – and can definitely help to improve joint conditions in dogs – there is an even better therapy. It’s called Human Umbilical Cord Blood Derivative Stem Cell Therapy (HUC-DT℠).
This new therapy involves taking stem cells from human cord blood. Believe it or not, human stem cells generate similar responses in tissues that canine stem cells would. Research has shown that when the stem cells migrate to the areas of pain and inflammation they begin stimulating the dog’s natural stem cell population. When these cells are injected directly into your pet’s injured area – in this case, the hip joint – they reduce inflammation and help set the scene for healing; in essence repairing the damage of the hip from the inside out.
Stem cell therapy promises a very real means of treating joint issues in dogs – and could open up a whole new lease on life for your best friend.