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Healing Canine Arthritis With Platelets

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Sleuth the Reporter Dog - Veterinary News Network's Mascot 

Sleuth, the VNN Reporter Dog, knows that pets age much faster than people and sometimes, older pets can suffer from arthritis.   There are lots of treatments to help provide some relief from the pain of this disease, but Sleuth has heard about a new type of therapy that comes from the petís own blood!

1)    More than 15 million dogs in North American suffer from arthritis.  Thatís more than 20% of our canine population and as each pet ages, his chance of getting arthritis increases.

2)    Veterinarians have been very pro-active in trying to find safe and effective ways to provide pain relief for these pets.  Some therapies include certain drugs, acupuncture or even lasers.

3)    A new therapy, called platelet rich plasma, or PRP for short, is providing a new and exciting alternative for some pet owners.

4)    The process is simpleÖfirst, after your pet is sedated, a small blood sample is collected.  Then, the blood goes through a special filter that concentrates the platelets.  These platelets are then injected back into your pet in an affected joint.  The whole thing lasts less than 15 minutes!

5)    Platelets do more than just help blood clot.  They also provide important growth factors and chemicals that attract other cells to come and heal the injury.  Platelet rich plasma, in theory, should help a pet heal more quickly because of more platelets and growth factors in the area.

6)    Many veterinarians and pet owners like this treatment because the chances of side effects are very rare.  This is because the therapy is coming from the pet himself!

7)    There are some critics who say that the marketing of this treatment is ahead of the science.  Review of human medicine studies state that the evidence for success of PRP therapy is not conclusive yet.

8)    However, pet owners and veterinarians are reporting some great stories of improved quality of life and more active, pain free pets.

9)    Ask your veterinarian about treating your petís arthritis pain.  Working together, you and your petís doctors can keep your pet as pain free as possible!

10)    Trust a site like MyVNN.com to provide you with accurate and unbiased pet health information.