When I graduated from veterinary school more than a decade ago, stem cell therapy was just starting to gain recognition. It was barely a blip on the map. I never took a class detailing the different stem cell procedures or benefits of stem cell therapy for animals. At the most, a professor might have mentioned autologous stem cell therapy in passing.
The study of stem cell therapy for humans began in the 1980s, but interest in stem cell therapy for dogs didn’t emerge until the early 21st century. This explains why so few practicing veterinarians have explored stem cell therapy or studied its potential in an academic setting.
Despite its capacity for natural healing, stem cell therapy is still viewed as unfamiliar ground for the majority of today’s veterinarians. Most vets don’t consider stem cell therapy to be a viable therapeutic option for canine patients.
If your veterinarian won’t talk about stem cell therapy for dogs, you do have other options! Don’t let your vet’s resistance to new ideas become an obstacle to your pet receiving superior medical attention. Find a vet who embraces stem cell therapy and respects your search for new ideas.
My Journey Discovering Stem Cell Therapy For Dogs
I advocate for stem cell therapy every day, but my discovery of this powerful procedure occurred accidentally. My 11-year-old chocolate lab Nestle is the reason I believe in the healing capabilities of stem cell therapy for dogs.
Nestle has been my most loyal companion since I adopted her as a baby. We have enjoyed more than a decade of hiking, running, and swimming together, but such an active life took its toll on her body. Nestle’s arthritis aggressively stripped away her physical abilities. Yet the treatments I’d learned in vet school failed to relieve her pain and agony. NSAIDs, physical therapy, and surgery weren’t the answers we needed.
This is exactly why I launched a search for an alternative arthritis therapy. Something, anything, to stave off surgery or euthanasia and help Nestle regain her passion for life.
My initial research into stem cell therapy focused on autologous therapy. It demonstrated the potential for natural pain relief but required a painful and traumatic treatment protocol. In order to receive autologous stem cell therapy, Nestle would have to endure anesthesia while stem cells were harvested from her fat cells or bone marrow. After the stem cells were processed for potency, Nestle would have to go back under anesthesia while the stem cells were delivered into her joints.
I was eager to explore the potential of stem cells to support and accelerate healing in Nestle’s body, but I wasn’t willing to put her under anesthesia multiple times. Instead, I kept pushing and searching until I connected with researchers who introduced me to the use of human stem cells to treat canines.
Nestle became one of the first dogs to receive this cutting edge regenerative therapy. No drugs, no anesthesia, just a tiny little IV bag full of human stem cells with the power to reduce Nestle’s pain and alleviate her arthritis.
The Western Culture of Medicine Over Therapy
Stem cell therapy gave Nestle a second chance at life. Every injured dog deserves to have that same chance, but our western culture trusts medicine over therapy. Many veterinarians are too hesitant or skeptical to consider stem cell therapy for its real worth. They’d rather stick to the procedures they know by heart than dig into ever-evolving stem cell therapy research.
The truth is, most medical professionals rely on the FDA and other governing organizations to provide strict treatment standards that eliminate guesswork. This is how FDA-approved drugs are always presented: here’s the dose, here’s what you do, here’s what it treats. But stem cell therapy doesn’t work that way!
Cellular products like stem cells aren’t eligible to receive FDA approval, so stem cell therapy will never offer the cut and dry directions of a pharmaceutical pill. Furthermore, the exact results of stem cell therapy can’t be predicted with total accuracy. It stimulates natural biological activity to support a dog’s innate healing capabilities, so results always vary.
If your vet isn’t willing to discuss stem cell therapy with you, he may be afraid of the unknown. He doesn’t want to have a hard conversation about a new therapy that he doesn’t fully understand, especially since he can’t promise specific results in an exact time frame.
What To Do If Your Vet Won’t Discuss Stem Cell Therapy
We’re lucky enough to live in the era of information. If your own veterinarian doesn’t offer stem cell therapy, you can hop online to explore for yourself. I created Stem Cells For Dogs as a comprehensive online resource for pet owners eager to learn more about stem cell therapy, especially if their regular vets couldn’t (or wouldn’t!) help.
Stem Cells For Dogs partners with veterinarians who are extensively trained and certified to perform our innovative HUC-DT stem cell therapy. It doesn’t matter where you are located; it only takes one phone call to connect with a compassionate and educated veterinarian who believes in the healing potential of stem cell therapy.
Though we can’t guarantee specific stem cell therapy results, we can guarantee that the majority of dogs we treat have impressive success stories like Nestle’s. Unlike standard drugs that carry a long list of dangerous side effects, stem cell therapy is virtually risk free. Whether your dog is suffering from seizures, dementia, hip dysplasia, or intervertebral disc disease, stem cell therapy has the potential to reduce pain and accelerate healing.
If you want to join the growing number of pet owners who believe that stem cell therapy is worth a shot, or if you have your own dog at home who deserves a second chance like Nestle, get in touch with Stem Cells For Dogs now. We have all of the information you need to get started with HUC-DT stem cell therapy and explore its potential to transform your dog’s quality of life.