This is not new. In fact it has been around some 30 – 40 years. Bone marrow transplants for example are a form of stem cell therapy. Some considerations have involved foetal or embryo stem cells which presented an ethical and moral dilemma. The stem cell therapy we refer to here on the other hand involves only adult stem cells, their function in the body being entirely and naturally focussed on the healing of damaged tissues - from time immemorium.

A simple explanation of how stem cells function

There is a smattering of dormant adult stem cells (undifferentiated mesenchymal cells) spread throughout the body from birth. Once tissue damage occurs these cells from surrounding tissues & from blood are activated by chemotactic means (activators), which are then capable of actively migrating to the damaged sites (drawn by signaling molecules), and with further guidance by specific activators (small peptides) are encouraged to differentiate into the variety of tissue types which are required to be replaced. Stem cells and activators gradually naturally decrease in concentration and activity as the body ages..


What can we do to improve the normal healing processes ?

It is acknowledged that if more activated stem cells can be made available to the damaged site, a much improved rate of healing occurs, as well as an improved type of healing tissue produced - more closely aligned to the original tissue makeup. This encourages veterinarians to use this knowledge in order to improve the health of their clinical cases – which of course is the primary function of veterinarians. We now have products made available to us to utilize this overall concept.

  What conditions are currently being treated with stem cells ?

  1. Moderate to severe arthritis
  2. Tendon and ligament injuries
  3. Bone fractures

The procedure may be used on it’s own, or together with other orthodox veterinary treatment, depending on the assessment of the specific case by the veterinary clinician.


This naturally depends on the degree of severity of each individual case, but reports indicate that there is a real improvement in at least 80% of cases treated. The animal is often more tender for a few days after the treatment, but tends to improve gradually after that for up to 3 months subsequently. These treatments have been utilized for up to 2 years now, & the improvements have lasted throughout this period to date, unless further injury had been sustained. The general public have indicated that in most cases the response has been remarkable and well worth the treatment.