Regenerative Medicine

Stem Cell Therapy & Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Actistem Therapy

Stem Cells are powerful healing cells that are found in your pet’s body and can become other types of cells. There are many stem cells in fat tissue, however, they are asleep. Stem Cell therapy allows your vet to isolate cells from your animal’s own fat tissue, wake them up, and reintroduce them directly into damaged areas.

Actistem Therapy targets the source of the problem by offering the ability to become new tissue to replace damaged tissue. Other treatments, such as NSAIDs, merely attempt to reduce symptoms. Actistem therapy treatment is very low risk because it uses the animal’s own repair cells. It offers an all-natural alternative to NAIDs and steroids.

Platelet-Rich Plasma

Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, is blood plasma that contains concentrated amounts of platelets and growth factors. PRP is a non-surgical and advanced means of providing high doses of the body’s own healing factors directly to the area where they are needed. PRP can be used to aid in many ailments including, topical wound healing, degenerative joint disease, hip dysplasia, and soft tissue injuries.

Stem Cell Therapy FAQs

What is ActiStem?

What is PureVet PRP?

What is Ardent Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cells are powerful healing cells in your body that can become other types of cells. There are many adult stem cells in fat tissue, however, they are asleep. Ardent’s stem cell therapy allows your vet to isolate stem cells from an animal’s own fat tissue, wake them up, and re-introduce the healing cells into the areas of need.

What is so great about Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cells treat the source of the problem by offering the ability to become new tissue to replace damaged tissue.  Other treatments, such as NSAIDs, merely attempt to reduce symptoms.  The treatment is very low risk because it uses the animal’s own stem cells.  It offers an all-natural alternative to drugs and steroids.  In a recent randomized sampling of 155 canines sufferings from osteoarthritis > 95% showed improvements as reported by the treating Veterinarians.

How long has this been available?

Stem cell therapy for animals has been commercially available since 2004. Ardent was the pioneer in offering to the Veterinarian industry same-day, onsite treatments and has to date completed over 10,000 treatments globally.

Why ask for Ardent Stem Cell therapy?

For pet owners, there are two main advantages to Ardent.  First, the processing is all done in your vet’s office. This eliminates variability in outside shipping of the sample as well as offers a fresh is the best approach to isolating, activating, and re-administering your animal’s living cells back to the areas of need.  The Ardent process has been independently validated in a blinded university medical setting.

What is Activation, and why is it important?

Ardent has a patented technology in which your animal’s stem cells will be activated with Platelet Rich Plasma (from a blood sample) and photobiostimulation (light). This dual activation process provides an increase in metabolic rate thus giving the cells the highest potential to survive once placed in the environment (your animal) and potential repair.

Is it safe?

Yes, this procedure is very safe.  On a typical dog, this is easier than a spay, and the fat is collected in about 15 minutes by your vet.  Processing the sample is done carefully by a highly trained Ardent representative (or by a lab tech carefully trained by that representative).  In the thousands of animals treated, we have not observed any negative side-effects from Ardent’s stem cell therapy.

What happens to my pet when they come in for stem cell therapy?

First, your vet will put your pet under general anesthetic.  Then, he/she will make a small incision and collect 2-4 tablespoons of fat (either in the belly or behind the shoulder blades). Then a trained technician will process the sample, right in the clinic, using Ardent equipment. The sample is activated then introduced to the patient.  The patient can then go home, same day.

What is the recovery period, and how long does it take to see results?

We recommend that the patient be kept quiet for the first 10 days.  Then, while they may feel a lot better, you will need to be careful so your pet doesn’t injure themselves until they build up some of their muscles.  Swimming and walking in water is great therapy.  We typically see improvement starting after 3 weeks, and then continuing up to around 2 months.

What conditions do you treat?

Our typical patient has osteoarthritis (hip dysplasia, degenerative joint disease, calcifications, common degeneration, and inflammation), soft tissue injuries (cruciate injuries, tears, ruptures, inflammation), or needs accelerated healing of fractures.  If your animal is suffering from something different such as Atopic Dermatitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, etc. your Vet will consult a team in order to consider stem cell as a treatment option compassionately.

How long does a treatment last? What happens if my pet starts having trouble again?

We typically see about 1-4 years of relief after the initial treatment.  Most pet owners chose to bank cells, so retreatment is easy.  Ardent has a banking facility in Kentucky.  If symptoms return, your vet merely requests a dose of cells from the bank and re-introduces the cells.  No surgery is necessary.

Are there any animals that you don’t treat?

It is Ardent’s policy to bring its customers the latest data and provide recommendations for the safety of all patients.  Currently, Ardent recommends that no animals with malignant cancer be treated with ADSCs

What current Universities are Ardent partnering with?

Ardent currently has partnerships with the following Universities; University of Kentucky College  of Medicine, University of Tennessee Veterinary College, Kansas State University Veterinary College, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine among other international university institution

Regenerative Medicine for Pets in Traverse City, MI

To learn more about stem cell therapy for your pets or to book an appointment, please give us a call at 231-947-2365.

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