Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy

There are a wide variety of uses of stem cell therapy in dogs and cats including: arthritis, and tendon or ligament injuries. Stem cells are capable of being integrated with surgical repair of joints or ligaments. Your pet may be a candidate for Stem Cell Therapy if he or she is:

  • Not responding well or can not tolerate pain medication
  • Not a good surgical candidate due to age or health
  • Has arthritis identified in one or more joints
  • Has immune mediated Polyarthritis
  • Is likely to need long term pain medications
  • Or you as a pet owner would prefer a natural therapy

About Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy

Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy has received quite a bit of attention in the news, as it relates to humans.  Unlike the controversy surrounding human stem cell research, we use an animal’s own stem cells, harvested from fat tissue. The benefits of stem cell treatments for dogs, cats and horses suffering from arthritis, hip dysplasia, and other joint afflictions is enormous.

Traditionally, the treatment for these conditions has been to administer medication to treat the pain.  Now, using this breakthrough therapy, the pain and inflammation can be reduced in a far more natural way. Not only is pain relieved, but the therapy can actually help repair and regenerate damaged tissue.

The process takes only 3 days, from the harvesting of the tissue, to the injection of the stem cells into the animal.

  • Day 1 – We collect fat tissue, which is rich in stem cells.  This is typically done with the animal under anesthesia.
  • Day 2 – The tissue is process in a manner that concentrates the cells.
  • Day 3 – We inject the cells back into the afflicted area.  This is done under sedation or local anesthesia.
Packing of Stem Cells for Transportation

Improvements in mobility and reduced pain can be noticed anywhere from a week to two months after treatment.  Treatments can be repeated when the effects begin to wear off – typically between 6 to 18 months.  About half of the animals we treat do need a re-treatment.  The good news is that stem cells can be “banked” for future use, so there’s no need for a second collection process.

As you do your research on regenerative stem cell therapy, you’ll find that some practices advertise an in-house process, and other use an outside lab for processing the cells.  Most veterinarians prefer the outside lab approach, since the environment is always sterile, the equipment well maintained and calibrated, and the technicians are not multi-tasking.

All veterinarians that wish to establish a regenerative stem cell therapy program must be certified.  Dr. Leadbeater frequently takes refresher course so he can stay abreast of any updates or changes in the treatment process.  He has also been performing stem cell treatments for many years, and was one of the first veterinarians in Hawaii to offer the service.  You can trust Kahala Pet Hospital to provide the highest quality procedure in the Islands.

This video featuring Dr. Leadbeater was produced and aired on Hawaii News Now.