Chronic kidney issues are common in older cats and are a growing problem for cat owners as better cat food and practises in pet ownership have lead to pet cats living much longer and more comfortable lives. Additionally some breeds are vulnerable to kidney disease.
There is a growing body of research into how stem cell therapy through a place like Greenside Regenerative Therapies can be used to help cats with kidney disease.
What is a stem cell?
A stem cell is a cell with the ability to become any sort of cell in the body. They naturally exist early in the development of the foetus and are also present in fat cells. The stem cells that are used in veterinary medicine are collect from the animal itself as these are the most easily accessed and least likely to cause a reaction in the animal as it is their own genetic material.
How does it work?
The stem cells are injected around the area that is currently inflamed, in this case around the kidneys. This limits the progression of the disease and in most cases stabilises the inflammatory reaction which allows the body to try and heal the damage. While in some cases the damage may not be able to be heal by stabilising the area and allowing the inflammation to subside the animal often experiences much less pain and the natural mechanisms within the body can kick in, such as using the other kidney to a higher capacity of simply allowing the animal to sleep more so that they don't have as much pain.
How do I know if my cat is a good candidate?
This therapy is still in an early development stage and is not yet suitable for all pets. If you are wondering if it might suit your pet you should talk to your vet. They can review the medical history of your pet and suggest a range of therapies that might be useful, including stem cell therapy in some cases. You may need to visit a specialist vet for the treatment. They can also give you an indicative idea of costs that the treatment is likely to incur, so that you can decide if this is the right course of action for your family.
While still a new treatment, stem cell therapy has shown some indication that it can be a good option for cats with chronic kidney disease to have reduce swelling, improved kidney function and a better quality of life.
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