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Using Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) for Dogs in Pain

September 02, 2020

Is your dog is recovering from an injury or suffering from a degenerative joint disease?

Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) can help. Animal Care Center of Castle Pines can treat many painful conditions with PRP. Dogs who have sustained athletic injuries like ACL tears will recover more quickly with PRP therapy, and dogs suffering from degenerative diseases like arthritis can benefit as well. PRP therapy accelerates the natural healing process and helps restore growth to deteriorating joints and cartilage.

What Conditions Can PRP Treat?

PRP therapy accelerates several kinds of internal healing. It helps to treat many conditions, including tendon and ligament injuries, soft tissue injuries, lameness, and degenerative joint diseases. In fact, it can even arrest the damage from osteoarthritis by preventing joint cartilage from deteriorating.

What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma?

PRP is a liquid derived from the patient's own blood plasma. A vial of blood is drawn and then filtered and processed to concentrate the plasma and its healing platelets. The platelets stimulate healing by releasing growth factors. The growth factors signal stem cells to migrate to the trauma site and begin repairs.

How Does PRP Therapy Work?

After giving your dog a mild sedative, we inject the platelet-rich plasma into the joint. Because the PRP releases more growth factors than would naturally occur, it accelerates cellular repair. PRP can be combined with stem cell therapy or other types of regenerative medicine to promote further healing. It can also be performed as a single treatment in the clinic if stem cells are not used.

What Other Types of Treatment Can Help?

Animal Care Center of Castle Pines offers stem cell therapy, plasma therapy, and sonic therapy in addition to PRP. We can also provide water therapy, physical therapy, massage therapy, and laser therapy at our in-hospital rehabilitation facilities. You can even schedule an in-house consultation with a board-certified pain management specialist.

Contact Us

If your dog suffers from an injury or a chronic condition like arthritis, call Animal Care Center of Castle Pines today. We offer PRP therapy and other regenerative treatments for dogs at our Castle Pines hospital. Our veterinarians will assess your pet's condition and work with you to find the right combination of supplements, pain medications, rehabilitation, and therapy to help your dog live without pain.