Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is being used widely in human medicine to control pain and assist in healing areas that are slow to heal. We want to bring your pet the same level of care you would receive.
Sometimes the body needs a boost to repair tissue and regain strength. Platelet rich plasma gives your dog this assistance. Your dogs own cells can reduce pain, improve healing and strength of injured tissues.
Platelets are found floating in your dogs blood stream. They are there to form a plug to stop bleeding when blood vessels are damaged. But they do so much more!
They send chemical signals to promote healing. This is of particular value in areas of low blood flow such as joints and tendons. Occasionally we wish to speed healing in muscles to reduce compensation and muscle disuse atrophy during the recovery.
The procedure consists of a blood draw in a similar fashion to how vets would normally take your pets blood. We then spin it down in a machine that has been proven to remove the white blood cells. We are left with platelet Rich plasma to inject into your dog just a short time later.
Conditions appropriate for PRP
We will also be offering PRP for use in dogs with Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca upon referral from Ophthalmologist.
Admiring the photo with red blobs (Red blood cell), white blobs (White blood cell) and white blobs with tentacles (Platelet)? You should! It is a very cool representation of the blood sample we take from your dog! Here is a close up of the little guy that we isolate when we process the blood sample and turn it into Platelet Rich Plasma.