Stem cell therapy is often referred to as regenerative medicine in specialty veterinary care. It’s a relatively new technique that takes advantage of the regenerative capabilities of stem cells in repairing damaged tissues that may otherwise struggle to regenerate on their own. The stem cells used in the procedure are produced by your pet themselves. North Peninsula Veterinary Specialty Group offers stem cell-based treatments in our San Mateo clinic for a variety of soft tissue injuries — such as muscle or tendon repair as well as wound and graft healing — osteoarthritis, and any condition with an inflammatory component. That includes immune-mediated polyarthritis, inflammatory bowel, and chronic kidney disease.

How Stem Cell Therapy Works

When a patient comes to us for stem cell therapy and has been confirmed to be a good candidate for the procedure, we start by collecting fat cells from a spot on the body that generally has some to spare. In the lab, we then extract and concentrate the stem cells to use in treatments. Once the stem cells are ready, we inject them into the affected area and let them go to work. Some of these steps will require placing the pet under general anesthesia, which means that they need to be healthy enough to undergo the procedure. We can help determine your pet’s eligibility for stem cell therapy in our Bay Area clinic.

Stem Cell Therapy for General Use

While stem cell therapy seems like it could be useful in any number of applications, only certain types of conditions are currently approved for this treatment. The most common use is in treating arthritis. We also use them in soft tissue injuries, to aid in bone healing and conditions where inflammation plays a major role.

Bone Healing and Osteoarthritis

The most common condition we treat using stem cell therapy is osteoarthritis. Just like with humans, our cats and dogs can develop arthritis in their joints. With degenerative joint disease, the cartilage cushioning the bones where they meet one another slowly begins to deteriorate. As the padding thins out, it can become painful to move the affected joint. Unfortunately, that can lead to inactivity and weight gain in pets, which makes the situation worse. Older pets are especially at risk for developing osteoarthritis, though trauma or injury earlier in life or a genetic predisposition may lead to an earlier age of onset. North Peninsula Veterinary Specialty Group is proud to provide regenerative medicine through stem cell therapies in the Bay Area.
Additional Orthopedic Uses
Beyond arthritis, stem cell therapy can be used in the following cases:
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Tendon injury
  • Elbow disease
  • Bone fractures
  • Cranial cruciate (and other ligament) tears or ruptures
  • Immune-mediated polyarthritis

Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries typically refer to medical conditions that affect anything that’s not a bone, joint, or ligament in the body. Depending on a pet’s condition, stem cell therapy may be an excellent option for treatment. While we cannot predict the exact outcomes of this form of therapy, there is a body of research that tells us which conditions are most likely to respond positively. North Peninsula Veterinary Specialty Group is proud to provide regenerative medicine through stem cell therapies in the Bay Area.
Soft Tissue Uses for Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy can be used in the following cases:
  • Muscle or tendon repair
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Healing wounds
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Graft healing
Stem Cell Therapy for Compassionate Use
Compassionate use cases are where we are allowed to use stem cell therapy to treat terminal conditions even if there is not yet firm evidence of effective results using the procedure. This includes end-stage renal disease and spine trauma. We may discuss stem cell therapy with you if we believe it may help. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.
Stem Cell Use Under Current Investigation
Dr. Carlson of NPVSG performs clinical research in FDA trials, including as a veterinarian in an experiment studying donor stem cells.


If you are interested in learning more about this revolutionary treatment modality or discovering whether your pet is a good candidate for stem cell therapy in San Mateo, we are here to help. Contact North Peninsula Veterinary Specialty Group today to request additional information or schedule an appointment.

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