About Adipose Stem Cell Procedure
Since the Adipose Stem Cell Procedure became available for Pets in Australia, it’s caused quite a buzz – especally in the canine world. But of course, as with anything new it’s also raised quite a few questions and in some cases, even some eyebrows.
So what’s the big dilemma?
From we see, the biggest issue most dog owners face is simply lack of information about the procedure itself and the fact that very few vets have opted to offer it in their practice. Understandably, this causes concern and we can’t blame you for that. But if it helps, you might want to know that we too were a little skeptical until we started doing some background research of our own.
From our point of view, new breakthroughs in medicine and surgery (human and animal) happen all the time. New medications arrive on the market, surgical techniques are refined, new equipment and diagnostic tools are developed and the list goes on.
Our job is to evaluate each of these and then decide whether or not they provide a valuable benefit to our clients.
Stem Cell Procedure Caught our Attention for 3 Reasons:
- We have many dogs suffering from the pain and discomfort of arthritis and other degenerative joint diseases coming through our practice each day. Although there are many options available for these conditions, not all work equally well for all dogs or there comes a time when even the most effective medications no longer work.
- More and more clients are looking for more “drug free” alternatives to manage pain and give their dogs a better quality of life
- The dog’s own Stem Cells are used to heal itself so there are no ethical or rejection issues to worry about
Does Stem Cell Procedure Work?
That’s what we had to find out first. We scoured the net and looked for all the anecdotal evidence we could find. While we knew that extensive research into the use of Stem cells in Human therapy has been ongoing for many years, we needed to find evidence that it works in animals too.
We quickly discovered however that the only evidence of how well Stem Cell Procedure works is by reading the case studies presented by vets who are already performing the procedure both here in Australia and in the United States. And their results – about 80% of thousands of dogs showing improvement after the procedure.
So, should we shake our heads and say no?
Wait until appropriate Scientific Papers are published? (Knowing all too well that isn’t going to be happening any time soon and we have some desperate patients waiting for help that have little options left other than medication)
Would it be fair to offer Stem Cell Procedure with the understanding that it may or may not work? Or – take a wait and see approach.
Thankfully we had a few clients who were prepared to try the procedure with a full undertsanding of the lack of Scientific evidence supporting their decision. And thankfully, they got the results they were hoping for.
So far we have performed the procedure on 30 dogs and our results mimic those obtained by other vets. Some dogs respond better than others, most have shown significant improvement and others less so. But from our point of view that’s no different to any major surgical procedure or even medical treatment. Every major surgical procedure and treatment protocol has its own success and failure rate. In medicine – there are never any guarantees.
The worst case scenario is that it produces no visible improvements in YOUR dog.
Why don’t more vets offer the procedure?
Because – as vets we want proof and that means Published Scientific Evidence. So if you ask your vet about the procedure, this is likely to be the answer you’ll receive. This is also why Veterinary Specialists don’t endorse the procedure. Plus the procedure itself is actually quite straightforward and can be perfomed in general practice.
If you’re looking for information about the procedure, we suggest you fully research it yourself, just as we did. There are many references to the procedure on the web to include informative videos and case studies.
Ask someone who knows. There’s little point asking people who don’t know anything about the procedure. Contact vets who perform the procedure and ask them about their results.
Also contact people who have had the procedure performed on their dog to hear what they have to say.
Even today, after performing the procedure on numerous dogs, we still ask our clients to do their own research before committing to the procedure. That’s because want to make sure they’re completely comfortable with their decision to go ahead.
Think first – then decide
Emotions can often cloud people’s judgement as most people hate seeing their beloved companions in pain from crippling degenerative diseases like arthritis. That’s why we always advise our clients to seek out the information they need first so that they’re fully informed before going ahead. It’s also why we publish as much information as we can on our website to help you.
We know Stem cell Therapy works because we’ve seen the results first hand. We also know that what we’re seeing now is but the tip of the iceberg. Research into the use of stem cells for other degenerative diseases in humans and animals – like kidney failure in cats is already happening with pleasing results.