Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy from your Veterinarian in Casper
As our pets grow older, they are more susceptible to conditions like hip dysplasia, soft tissue damage, and degenerative joint disease. These conditions can affect both cats and dogs. When this occurs, pet owners will typically put their beloved pet on medication. If this does not improve their condition, then the pet owner often has no choice but to agree to surgery.
There is an alternative way to treat the above conditions and other pain that involves no drugs and no surgery. It is known as platelet-rich plasma therapy.
What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?
Throughout the body lies the key to healing. Platelets within blood plasma can promote this healing naturally. With platelet-rich plasma therapy, the patient receives an injection of its own platelets. There are so many platelets In the injection that they immediately get to work, finding the injured or damaged body part and repairing it.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy may be administered on its own or in conjunction with other services for treating medical conditions and injuries.
Platelet-Rich Plasma: The Procedure
To understand how platelet-rich plasma therapy can treat your pet, allow us to explain more about platelets. Every animal has platelets within their own bodies just like humans do. The bioactive proteins and growth factors within platelets are the way the body wards off inflammation and pain. Not only do the proteins in the platelets combat inflammation, but they can trigger the damaged tissue into repairing itself.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy has been a trusted treatment for human athletes and others with sports injuries for years. It is only recently that the therapy has been readily used on animals, and the results have been just as promising.
Here are some conditions and injuries that may be treated with this therapy:
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Slow Wound Healing
- Gingivitis Stomatitis in Cats
- Hip Dysplasia in Dogs
- Post-surgical Healing
The Benefits of Therapy
Platelet-rich plasma therapy can truly improve your pet’s quality of life. Some other benefits include:
- Pets can reduce their reliance on steroids and other medications.
- Older pets can enjoy increased mobility, allowing them to spend their senior years with their family.
- Younger pets can get treated for injuries or conditions that may otherwise shorten their lifespan.
- The holistic quality of this treatment makes it worth trying since there are few if any side effects or complications to worry about.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Casper Veterinarian
If you are looking for Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, come to Westside Animal Hospital. Whether you have a cat or a dog, our veterinary team can administer this therapy as well as other services such as pet surgery, pet dental care, nutritional counseling, parasite control and prevention, vaccinations, pet wellness exams, spaying and neutering, senior pet care, and pet boarding.
To learn more about Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, set up an appointment, or speak to our Casper veterinarian today, please call us at (307) 472-5600 or visit Westside Animal Hospital at 631 South Ash Street.