When we use the term “itis” for disease pathology in organ systems and tissues, it signals that a given system or tissue is experiencing inflammation. Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver, bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchi, dermatitis is inflammation of the dermis, etc. When inflammation is chronic, it means that it is ever present or waxes and wanes but never really goes away.
We commonly see and treat any number of chronic “itis’s” in dogs and cats that cause organ compromise and damage, cause pain, and often negatively impact quality of life. The advent of stem cell therapy gives us a powerful new tool to use the canine and feline body’s natural health mechanisms to better control inflammatory diseases. What’a more, stem cell therapy not only can reverse inflammation, it can also powerfully repair tissue and organ damage that has resulted from chronic inflammation.
Stem cells are progenitor cells that have the ability to differentiate into any tissue cell type. When dogs, cats, and people are younger, they have an abundance of activated stem cells that facilitate healing at a more rapid rate than the aging patient. This explains why younger puppies, kittens, and children heal much faster than when they are adults and seniors.
With incredible new technology from Tithon Animal Services, we now have the ability to extract stem cells from a simple blood draw, isolate them and amplify them, then inject them directly into injured or inflamed tissues directly, as well as infuse them intravenously. Since we are making use of one of the body’s own intrinsic healing mechanisms, there are no negative side effects and aside from cost, there is no reason not to try it.
Thus, if your pet suffers from any chronic condition regardless of the region of the body, ask your veterinarian about stem cell therapy. If he/she does not do it, ask for a referral for someone that does.
Dr. Roger Welton is a practicing veterinarian and highly regarded media personality through a number of topics and platforms. In addition to being passionate about integrative veterinary medicine for which he is a nationally renowned expert, Dr. Welton was also an accomplished college lacrosse player and remains to this day very involved in the sport. He is president of Maybeck Animal Hospital , runs the successful veterinary/animal health blogs Web-DVM and Dr. Roger’s Holistic Veterinary Care, and fulfills his passion for lacrosse through his lacrosse and sport blog, The Creator’s Game.