PRP Treatment at Annapolis Veterinary & Wellness
platelet-rich plasma therapy and is a type of regenerative medicine that enables the body to heal itself. It is used to boost the body's natural growth factors to promote the healing of tissue. If your pet is suffering from a ligament injury, osteoarthritis, or other types of pain, he or she may benefit from PRP treatment at Annapolis Veterinary & Wellness. We can assess your pet's current health and see if PRP is the right treatment for its condition.
What Is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelets are small cell fragments that are responsible for promoting healing and play a role in the process of blood clotting. PRP comes from a patient's own blood. Our vet is able to process the plasma to result in a higher concentration of platelets. The plasma consists of proteins and growth factors that may speed up the healing process of ligament and tendon injuries and promote new tissue growth within the bones and cartilage.
PRP injections can also reduce arthritis-related pain, resulting in a decrease in inflammation within the joints. Pets that are suffering from wounds that are difficult to heal may also benefit from PRP therapy.
The PRP Process
Our vet will prepare the PRP process by drawing blood from your pet. The amount of blood that our veterinarian draws depends on how big your pet is as well as the severity of its injury. Once the blood has been collected, it either gets filtered to capture the platelets or extracted to separate the plasma from the erythrocytes. These processes will provide our vet with plasma consisting of all the needed components.
The treatment itself takes about 30 to 40 minutes and is something that can be completed in our office. Most pets will only need PRP treatment one time. However, some may need additional therapy. PRP injections may or may not require your pet to be sedated. Sometimes an ultrasound may be used to review the injection process. Our vet may recommend you restrict your pet's movement for the first couple of days following PRP treatment. From there, your pet will be able to resume normal daily activities.
Conditions Treated with PRP Therapy
PRP is beneficial for both cats and dogs experiencing various medical conditions, including:
- Joint pain
- Tendon tears
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- General inflammation
- Ruptures in the ligaments and injuries from hyperextension
Contact Us for PRP Treatment from Our Veterinarian in Annapolis, MD
To schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, give us a call here at Annapolis Veterinary & Wellness. Our team is dedicated to providing the care pets need to live healthy and pain-free lives. If you are looking for a way to naturally improve your pet's health, contact our Annapolis clinic today to learn more about PRP and the various services we have to offer.