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Platelet Rich Plasma / Regenerative Medicine

The use of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a form of regenerative medicine therapy (another example of regenerative medicine would be Stem Cell Therapy).
PRP has been available for use in human medicine for some time and now is being applied in veterinary medicine.
PRP is created by taking a sample of blood from a patient. The sample is spun in a specialized centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the plasma and concentrate the platelets in the plasma portion.
The resulting platelet rich plasma can then be injected into injured tissues or joints facilitating the healing of bone, tendon and ligament as well as inflamed joints.
It is thought that growth factors stored within the platelets help mitigate inflammation and initiate anabolic processes and tissue healing.
In our active community, we are often presented with pets who have experienced injury or have mobility issues. We have many tools with which to treat these problems including anti-inflammatory or pain relieving medications, specialized diets and supplements, activity moderation, weight management, physiotherapy, massage and surgery to name a few. PRP gives us another tool with which to manage these problems!
– Dr. Tom Honey

Garibaldi Veterinary Hospital