Veterinary Tissue Bank offers a mesenchymal stem cell service for dogs, in particular for the treatment of osteoarthritis.

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are adult stem cells that are able to self-renew many times in the same state and may differentiate to become several tissue types including tendon cells, bone cells, cartilage cells and fat cells.

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MSCs for dogs

Veterinary Tissue Bank offers OrthostemC™ treatment for canine patients throughout Europe which involves the use of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) for osteoarthritis treatment and various tendon and ligament injuries .

MSCs are increasingly used in dogs for a variety of conditions including:

  • fractures – delayed and non-unions
  • ligament and tendon injuries – e.g. patellar tendon, Achilles tendon, shoulder ligaments
  • arthritis – e.g. elbow, hip, stifle

These adult stem cells that are able to self-renew many times in the same state and may differentiate to become several tissue types including bone, tendon and ligament cells.

The process of OrthostemC™ stem cell therapy involves harvesting cells from the patient in a small surgical procedure involving either a small biopsy of adipose tissue or a bone marrow aspirates from either the proximal humerus or the iliac crest. The fat or bone marrow is harvested in a minimally invasive procedure conducted under sedation with no discomfort to the dog.

The MSCs are then extracted from the fat or bone marrow aspirate by Veterinary Tissue Bank, expanded in culture over a period of 1-2 weeks and are then returned to the veterinary surgeon for implantation directly into the lesion.