FAQ

  1. What is animal cell regenerative therapy?
  2. What is an Adipose Stem Cell Procedure?
  3. What is an Adipose Stem Cell Procedure Kit?
  4. What are the benefits of an Adipose Stem Cell Procedure?
  5. Is an Adipose Stem Cell Procedure Safe?
  6. How do I know if stem cell regenerative therapy is right for my pet?
  7. Can I store my animal’s stem cells for further therapy?
  8. Who can use Adipose Stem Cell Procedure Kit?
  9. Why choose an Adipose Stem Cell Procedure?
  10. What are the side effects from an Adipose Stem Cell Procedure?
  11. Who is Medivet?

1. What is animal cell regenerative therapy?

Stem cells use the basic building blocks of life, the cells upon which tissue grows and bodies are built. Animal stem cell regenerative therapy can lengthen and rejuvenate the quality of life for adult dogs, cats and horses suffering from osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, ligament and cartilage injuries and similar ailments. The treatment uses the animals own stem cells to heal its body, a process which is natural and safe.

2. What is an Adipose Stem Cell Procedure?

A small sample of Adipose tissue (fat) is surgically removed from the abdominal (belly) or shoulder area of the dog or cat under general anaesthetic and processed to obtain cells terms stromal vascular fraction (SVF) which include  stromal cells and  mesenchymal cells along with many beneficial proteins that encourage bone formation, liver cell regeneration, nervous system regeneration, wound healing, vascular rebuilding, skin repair, allowing damaged cells to repair themselves and inducing cell re-growth.

3. What is an Adipose Stem Cell Procedure Kit?

The Adipose Stem cell Procedure kit is a highly practical and cost effective tool used to perform an in-house procedure for the processing of autologous adipose tissue from a dog .The Kit contains all of the useables your vet needs to process the fat sample from your pet,  concentrating and activating the Stem Cells. The Medivet kit provides a superior alternative to harvesting and administrating animals stem cells currently used in traditional bone marrow methods. The Adipose Stem Cell technique is much easier and less invasive that the bone marrow procedure and uses the animals own adipose tissue (fat) to harvest stem cells in much larger volumes (up to 500 times) than from bone marrow.The kits for small animals and equines differ and need to be specific for the patient type.

4. What are the benefits of an Adipose Stem Cell Procedure?

Stem cells play an integral part in wound healing and regeneration of body organs and tissue at the cellular level. The use of the Adipose Stem Cell Procedure Kit gives us rapid access to large quantities of SVF to enable rapid repair and re-growth of the patient’s damaged tissue or organs with much less trauma that associated with bone marrow extraction.

5. Is an Adipose Stem Cell Procedure Safe?

Yes ….because the adipose tissue is removed form the animal’s own body(autologous) there are no problems with cell rejection or disease transmission. The surgery, harvesting and administrating of stem cells are all performed in-house under our control.

6. How do I know if stem cell regenerative therapy is right for my pet?

The therapy is most effective for animals suffering from osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia and ligament injuries. Discussing treatment options with us or your veterinarian is an important step in making a decision regarding animal stem cell regenerative therapy. Potential outcomes, a comprehensive treatment plan and financial costs are all factors to consider. Pets should generally be in good health as demonstrated in a recent exam.

7. Can I store my animal’s stem cells for further therapy?

We are currently developing a system at Valley Farm Animal Hospital to be able to store these cells for ups to 15 years.

8. Who can use Adipose Stem Cell Procedure Kit?

Only suitable trained veterinarians assisted by professional lab staff may the Medivet Adipose Stem Cell procedure. Our aim is to have laboratories set up countrywide at selected Veterinary Hospitals.We currently have laboratories and accredited Vets in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban.

9. Why choose an Adipose Stem Cell Procedure?

Compared to harvesting Stem Cells  from bone marrow, Adipose tissues (fat) is easier to get in larger volumes , is less painful to harvest, and involves lower risks whilst yielding many more stem cells compared to bone marrow.

10. What are the side effects from an Adipose Stem Cell Procedure?

As the adipose tissue is extracted from the animal’s own body with no “foreign” donors,  and  the procedure is performed totally in-house,  there are no side effects at all. Some discomfort from the re-injection of the Stem cells into joints may be encountered, but this is usually only for a day or two.

11. Who is Medivet?

Medivet is a global leader in stem cell research and development with a history of bringing high quality products and the most advanced technology to the market. Valley Farm Animal Hospital, spear-headed by Dr Tim Krafft, is the South African base for Medivet.