Animal Hospital of Dauphin County

241 Hershey Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17112
(717) 652-1270
In case of an after-hours emergency please contact the following emergency hospitals:
Pet Emergency Treatment Services, Inc.
930 North Queen Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone: (717) 295-7387

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 6 PM to 8 AM;
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: Open 24 Hours

Animal Emergency & Referral Center of York: Located at Willow Mill Animal Hospital
11 Willow Mill Park Road
Mechanicsburg, Pa 17050
Phone: 717-691-8727

Hours:
Monday-Friday 7:30pm-7:30am

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Regenerative Medicine

 

We are now offering stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma (PRP) for dogs and cats suffering from osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia and other degenerative diseases. These regenerative medicine therapies can also aid in faster healing of fractures and orthopedic surgeries. If you have pet insurance, some companies may cover a portion of the cost.

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Stem Cells are the repair cells in the body. This all natural therapy can lengthen and rejuvenate the quality of life of pets suffering from these conditions. The stem cells reduce inflammation and pain while helping to re-build bone and soft tissue. Healing will continue from weeks to months and the benefits generally last eighteen months or more without the need for pain medication for degenerative diseases. Adipose Stem Cell technology does not involve embryonic stem cells but rather used the animal’s own stem cells from fat tissue. The procedure is completed in clinic while your pet spends the day. We also provide a banking service where some of the animal’s stem cells can be saved for 10 years and used as needed for the above conditions.

Platelet rich plasma or PRP is a concentrated amount of growth factors and platelets from blood plasma. PRP helps bring white blood cells to the area for quick removal of dead and injured cells. The growth factors in the plasma also promote healing and help in regeneration of tendons, ligaments, muscle or joints. Since the PRP is derived from the animal’s own blood there is no risk of reaction. To harvest PRP the patient has a blood sample drawn. Within an hour the sample in processed at Animal Hospital of Dauphin County and is ready to be injected or applied to the problem area. PRP treatments can be performed in conjunction with orthopedic surgery to reduce the healing time. The treatments also aid in the rapid healing of wounds as well as to help relieve pain caused by arthritis.

Please have your veterinarian complete our Regenerative Medicine Referral Form and fax it to 717-652-1155 or email it to specialty@ahdcvets.com.

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MediVet’s Veterinary Stem Cell Therapy…Q&A for Pet Owners

What is MediVet Stem Cell Therapy? Stem cells are powerful healing cells in your body that can become other types of cells. There are many adult stem cells in fat tissue, however they are asleep. MediVet’s stem cell therapy allows your vet to isolate stem cells from an animal’s own fat tissue, wake them up, and reinject them directly into damaged areas. For example, in the case of arthritis, stem cells become new cartilage cells, thus reducing pain and increasing mobility.

What is so great about Stem Cell Therapy? Stem cells treat the source of the problem by becoming new tissue to replace damaged tissue. Other treatments, such as NSAIDs, merely attempt to reduce symptoms. The treatment is very low risk, because it uses the animal’s own stem cells. With MediVet’s technology, over 95% of animals treated show improvement.

How long has this been available? Stem cell therapy for animals has been commercially available since 2004. MediVet started selling their kits in the US in 2010, to clinics on the mainland, and thousands of animals have been treated around the world. A MediVet representative now lives in Hawaii and began introducing it to clinics here in 2012.

I’ve heard about other stem cell companies.  Which one is best?
For pet owners, there are two main advantages to MediVet.  First, the processing is all done  in your vet’s office, so you don’t need to worry about losing your sample during shipping, medivet dog2or the sample heating up and getting damaged.  Also, MediVet allows your vet to do the entire procedure in one day, making it very convenient for you and your pet.  While all companies are equally safe, MediVet has the highest reported success rate of greater than 95%.  When comparing side by side, vets chose MediVet because of the superior results.

Is it safe? Yes, this procedure is very safe. The biggest risk is using anesthetic, to remove the fat tissue. On a typical dog, this is easier than a spay, and the fat is collected in about 15 minutes by your vet. Processing the sample is done carefully by a highly trained MediVet representative (or by a lab tech carefully trained by that representative). In the thousands of animals treated, we have not observed any negative side-effects from MediVet’s stem cell therapy.

What happens to my pet when they come in for stem cell therapy? First, your vet will put your pet under general anesthetic. Then, he/she will make a small incision and collect 2-4 tablespoons of fat (either in the belly or behind the shoulder blades). Since your pet is under anesthetic, this is a great opportunity to do anything else needed – spay/neuter, or dental for example. Your local, highly trained MediVet representative will then process the sample, right in the clinic, using MediVet equipment. After about 3 hours, the cells are ready for injection into areas of damage. In addition, some cells are administered IV. For the administration step, your pet will either not sedated at all, locally anesthetized with ethyl chloride spray, or lightly sedated, depending on what’s best for your pet. You can pick up your pet later that same day.

What is the recovery period, and how long does it take to see results? We recommend that the patient be kept quiet for the first 10 days. Then, while they may feel a lot better, you will need to be careful so your pet doesn’t injure themselves until they build up some of their muscles. Swimming and walking in water is great therapy. We typically see improvement starting after 3 weeks, and then continuing up to around 2 months.

What conditions do you treat? Our typical patient has osteoarthritis (hip dysplasia, degenerative joint disease, calcifications, common degeneration and inflammation), soft tissue injuries (cruciate injuries, tears, ruptures, inflammation), or needs accelerated healing of fractures. We know a lot about these conditions, and over 95% of these patients get better, with MediVet’s Stem Cell Therapy.

We also treat other cases under “compassionate use”. We know less about these conditions, but are seeing some exciting results. Some of those conditions are: degenerative myelopathy, feline gingivitis, end-stage renal disease, liver and kidney failure, allergy, auto-immune, inflammatory bowel disease, pulmonary fibrosis, IMHA, atopy, and spine trauma. Please talk to your vet if you have questions about any of these conditions.

medivet dogHow long does a treatment last? What happens if my pet starts having trouble again?
We typically see about 1-3 years of relief after the initial treatment. Most pet owners chose to bank cells, so retreatment is easy. MediVet has a banking facility in Kentucky. If symptoms return, your vet merely requests a dose of cells from the bank, and injects them. No surgery is necessary.

Are there any animals that you don’t treat? Yes. Because we don’t know exactly what happens when cancer patients are treated with stem cells based on human studies, we do not treat those patients.