Regenerative veterinary medicine in companion animals is about healing our pets through the use of various techniques and technology. Two main areas of focus that we use here at the Animal Hospital of Sussex County in NJ are Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP, and Cold Laser Therapy. These two therapies are integral in helping damaged tissues heal at the cellular level and can help expedite the road to recovery for our pets, while also reducing inflammation, pain, and even the chance of infection in some cases. Read on to learn more about PRP and Cold Laser Therapy.
Platelet rich plasma therapy uses a portion of your pet’s own blood that’s been processed to contain a higher concentration of platelets than in the whole blood on its own. This method of therapy in regenerative medicine uses the patient’s blood that is then processed and injected usually at the site of the injury to help the body repair on a cellular level. PRP utilizes the concentration of platelets because of the transforming growth factor and platelet derived growth factor included. Together they reduce the symptoms of inflammation and encourage the natural healing response of the body at the site of the injury.
PRP therapy can be used on small animals in our office, as well as on large animals such as horses. Commonly used in soft tissue injuries, it can expedite healing and reduce pain and inflammation that often occurs after an injury. Dr. Scairpon is one of our vets that has a special interest in PRP therapy. The Veterinary Health Center at the University of Missouri has some more information where you can learn about the science behind PRP therapy, a form of regenerative veterinary medicine.
Cold Laser Therapy
Cold laser therapy is a relatively new regenerative veterinary medical treatment for pets that is nonsurgical and noninvasive. Because of this, it’s a very safe means to treat cats and dogs – and other animals – for injuries. The biggest difference is that cold laser therapy does not have the risks that hot (surgical and other) lasers have that can damage the skin by cutting or burning, making it incredibly safe and effective.
Also referred to as low-level laser therapy, cold laser therapy works by using light to stimulate the body’s own healing process. It’s effective in reducing swelling and inflammation, pain, and prompting healing in both soft tissue injuries and after surgery. It can also be used to treat chronic as well as acute injuries including sprains, strains, arthritis and more, and is frequently used in conjunction with other holistic treatments that focus on healing the entire animal. Learn more from the AAHA on laser therapy in companion animals, or book your appointment for your pet with us today!