regenerative therapy for dogs

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

At Plymouth Veterinary Hospital, we are offering regenerative medicine as a cost-effective, proven, long-lasting healing, and pain relief utilizing your dog’s cells. Regenerative medicine offers a drug-free, minimally invasive solution to acute and chronic orthopedic and soft tissue injuries, treating your patient from the inside out.

What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?

Plasma is the liquid within which the other components of blood, such as red blood cells and platelets, are suspended. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is derived from the patient’s blood. We process the plasma so that it has a higher-than-usual concentration of platelets. The plasma contains growth factors and proteins that may accelerate the healing of tendons and ligaments and may promote regeneration of cartilage or bone.

PRP injections can decrease pain associated with arthritis by reducing inflammation in the joints. They may also help tendon or ligament injuries heal. Patients with chronic, slow, or non-healing wounds may also benefit from PRP.

What Is the PRP Process?

Platelet-rich plasma is prepared by drawing blood from the patient. The amount of blood is dependent on how big the dog is and how severe the injury is. Once the blood is drawn, filtered and centrifuged to separate the plasma and concentrate the platelets. Both processes will provide the veterinarian with plasma that contains all the necessary elements needed for the treatment. This treatment usually takes one hour to complete, and patients may have to be sedated or anesthetized for the procedure. For many patients, platelet-rich plasma is a one-time treatment; some patients, however, may need additional treatments depending on the condition. After a patient is treated with PRP, it may be necessary to restrict movement, but only for a couple of days. Afterward, there are no restrictions on movement or activity.

What conditions can be treated with PRP?

  • Arthritis
  • Ligament sprains or tears
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia

Are PRP injections safe?

The injections are very safe with minimal risks or complications. The procedure is performed under sterile conditions the risks of infection is minimal. Because the PRP Injection is from your dog’s own blood there is no risk for rejection or disease transmission.

Give us a call or make an appointment to discuss if PRP injections is a viable treatment for your dog today!