Apr 12, 2024

What happens after VetStem Cell Therapy injections?

Posted by Bob under VetStem Cell Therapy

On last week’s VetStem blog, we shared what happens to your pet’s fat after it is collected for stem cell therapy. This week, we’ll go into some detail about what to expect after your pet receives their stem cell injections.

The standard VetStem process takes place in approximately 48 hours. On day 1, your veterinarian collects fat from your pet. On day 2, the fat is processed at the VetStem laboratory to extract and concentrate your pet’s stem cells. And on day 3, your pet receives their stem cell injections. But what happens after they are injected? Well, each veterinarian has different protocols. For instance, some pets may stay overnight for monitoring, while other pets may go home the same day. After that, your vet may recommend various rehabilitation exercises at home or back at the hospital, depending on what was treated.

Many owners want to know when they should expect to see results. While we can give basic expectations based on 20 years of experience, every pet is different, and some pets require longer or even additional treatments before they experience noticeable results. We generally say to wait for about 90 days after treatment. If there are no noticeable results after 90 days, this can be due to several reasons. We will usually recommend that your veterinarian do a full work up on your pet (if not already done) to make sure that there are no additional problems that may be inhibiting your pet’s healing. We also offer vet-to-vet consults with VetStem’s staff veterinarians to go over your pet’s case and help to determine if another round of stem cell doses may help.

Here are some statistics we have gathered over the years to help give you a better picture of how VetStem Cell Therapy has helped dogs and horses who were treated for orthopedic conditions:

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Horse Stats:

As we discussed in last week’s blog, after sending the initial stem cell injections to your veterinarian, all of your pet’s additional stem cells are put into cryopreservation. This essentially means that the stem cell will be “asleep” in sub-zero temperatures and ready to “wake up” should your pet require an additional treatment. One of the many benefits of VetStem Cell Therapy is our ability to store and also grow more of your pet’s stem cells so that one fat collection procedure provides a lifetime supply of doses.

Apr 5, 2024

What happens to my pet’s fat at VetStem?

Posted by Bob under VetStem Cell Therapy

Have you ever wondered what happens after your pet has fat collected for treatment with VetStem Cell Therapy? If so, we have some good news for you: we’re going to break down the steps in between fat extraction and stem cell injection in this week’s blog!

VetStem Cell Therapy begins the same for every pet. First, your pet must have fat extracted during a minimally invasive anesthetic procedure. For dogs and cats, the fat tissue is most commonly taken from their abdomen while horses tend to have fat taken from their tailhead. Once extracted, the fat is aseptically packaged by your pet’s veterinary team and shipped overnight to VetStem in a temperature-controlled container.

a VetStem laboratory technician processing stem cells.

Once VetStem receives the fat tissue, our laboratory team processes the package to ensure there are no potential sterility issues and that the temperature is at or below the maximum acceptable temperature. They also confirm that the pet’s name matches what we have in our database to ensure patient identity. If there are any issues with identity or sterility, processes are delayed until we can rectify the issues.

The fat then goes into process in our laboratory. Lab technicians follow strict protocols using VetStem’s patented technology to process each pet’s fat in sterile hoods in our GMP compliant facility. Stem cells are extracted from each sample and counted using an extremely accurate cell counter so we know exactly how many stem cells we get from each fat sample we process. We also confirm the viability of the cells. This allows us to ensure we provide what are considered to be therapeutic doses.

Meanwhile, our customer service team is busy on the administrative side entering data for each pet who is having fat processed that day. We record everything from breed, sex, age of the pet to injury/condition being treated, concurrent treatments, fat collection site and so much more. Customer Service also generates shipping labels so that doses for each patient can be shipped back to your veterinary team via priority overnight.

Stem cell doses are prepared for your pet based on the specific injection requests from your veterinarian. These doses, like the fat tissue, are packaged carefully in a temperature-controlled container and shipped out the same day for receipt at your veterinary clinic the following morning. Most of the time, your pet will receive their stem cell injections the day the doses are received at the clinic, which is approximately 48 hours after the initial fat collection procedure.

But the fun doesn’t end there! Our lab technicians also store any remaining cells for your pet, which are carefully labeled in one of several cryotanks. The storage location of extra cells is noted in your pet’s file so we can easily locate them for future stem cell recoveries. This means your pet can receive future stem cell treatments as needed without having to undergo another fat collection procedure.

And there you have it: a day in the life of a fat tissue sample at VetStem. If you’re curious about VetStem Cell Therapy, visit our FAQs page for more information.

Mar 29, 2024

VetStem Celebrates Stem Cell Milestone: Over 16,000 Samples

Posted by Bob under VetStem

We’re back with some big VetStem news! We recently reached an industry leading milestone: VetStem has processed over 16,000 patient samples resulting in over 38,000 stem cell treatments for animals across the U.S. and Canada. That makes for a lot of happy pets and owners!

For over two decades, VetStem has been leading the charge in regenerative veterinary medicine. With our patented technology, we help veterinarians tackle orthopedic and other degenerative conditions. From arthritic joints, injured tendons and ligaments, and even organ failure like kidney disease, VetStem has treated over 40 disease processes in 60 species (including people through our sister company, Personalized Stem Cells).

As you may already know, VetStem is not just helping dogs, cats, and horses. We have also teamed up with numerous exotic animal organizations to provide stem cell therapy for multiple exotic species. Like domestic animals, exotic animals have received stem cell therapy for everything from orthopedic conditions to viral diseases to organ failure to traumatic injuries and more. We take our job very seriously when it comes to the research and development of innovative regenerative medicine treatments for animals and diseases that have minimal treatment options. Just last year, we sponsored a first of its kind stem cell workshop supporting wildlife conservation.

This latest milestone is a testament to the trust that veterinarians and pet owners place in VetStem’s regenerative therapies. And for that, we are incredibly grateful. As we celebrate this achievement and our 20th year providing lifesaving stem cell treatments, we continue to remain committed to ongoing research and development to further expand the applications of regenerative therapeutics.  

Mar 22, 2024

VetStem Cell Therapy Gets Horse with Laminitis Back to Work

Posted by Bob under Horse Stem Cell Therapy, Laminitis

Hey there, fellow horse lovers! Today, we have an amazing VetStem success story to share about a Quarter Horse who defied the odds and bounced back stronger than ever. Meet Spooks Lil Gun Run, lovingly known as Bunny by her devoted owner.

Bunny’s journey wasn’t an easy one. She battled a painful condition called laminitis, which wreaked havoc on her front feet. For those not familiar, laminitis is inflammation of the laminar tissue connection between the hoof and the underlying coffin bone. It is very painful and treatment options are limited.

In severe cases, such as Bunny’s, the inflammation can cause damage to the lamina and result in the hoof wall and coffin bone separating and the coffin bone rotating. This rotation causes severe pain and in some cases is fatal. Damage to the lamina is irreversible, and treatment is aimed at stabilizing the lamina, which can minimize further damage and help reduce pain.

According to Bunny’s veterinarian, Dr. Dylan Costello from Western Performance Equine, Bunny suffered from severe rotation of both coffin bones in her front feet, was grade 4/5 lame at the walk, and critically uncomfortable due to extreme pain. In an effort to reduce Bunny’s inflammation and pain, Dr. Costello recommended treatment with VetStem Cell Therapy.

Bunny competing at an NRHA show and placing the highest she ever has after treatment with VetStem Cell Therapy

Bunny received an injection of her own stem cells into each of her front legs. Due to the severity of her condition, she received a second identical treatment one month later. Within just one month post-treatment, Bunny’s owner noticed significant improvement. Her owner stated, “Amazing results! This mare was unusable and extremely painful. She has made a 100% recovery and is back in the reining and ranch riding show pen! The photo of her is at the last show placing the highest we have ever placed at an NRHA show! I have a new appreciation for stem cells and its effects and recommend it to anyone with a horse struggling with Laminitis.”

Talk about a comeback story, right? If you have a horse struggling with laminitis or any other orthopedic woes, VetStem Cell Therapy may help! Speak to your veterinarian or contact us to receive a list of providers near you.

Mar 15, 2024

VetStem Provider Surpasses 300 Stem Cell Cases

Posted by Bob under VetStem Cell Therapy
Yana, a search and rescue K9 that was able to return to work after Dr. Kim Carlson treated her with VetStem Cell Therapy for a muscle injury

We always get excited when one of our clients reaches a stem cell milestone and we recently announced that Dr. Kim Carlson, a small animal surgeon based in the Bay Area of Northern California, surpassed 300 stem cell processes! She is the first small animal veterinarian to achieve this number of VetStem patients.

Dr. Carlson is a board-certified surgeon who has been utilizing VetStem Cell Therapy since 2007. As one of VetStem’s most prolific users, Dr. Carlson consistently advocates for the integration of stem cell therapy in conjunction with orthopedic surgeries such as cruciate ligament repairs, luxating patella surgery, and fracture repairs.

Many of Dr. Carlson’s patient’s experience great success after treatment with VetStem Cell Therapy, including Oliver, a young Shih Tzu who was successfully treated with stem cells in conjunction with surgery for arthritis in his elbows. One of Dr. Carlson’s most memorable stem cell success stories was that of a search and rescue K9, Yana, who was able to return to work after receiving VetStem Cell Therapy for a partial iliopsoas tear.

Stem cells, with their regenerative capabilities and ability to differentiate into various tissue types, play a pivotal role in reducing pain, inflammation, and the formation of scar tissue. Additionally, they aid in restoring range of motion and stimulating the regeneration of tendon, ligament, and joint tissues. VetStem is proud to partner with veterinarians like Dr. Kim Carlson to provide solutions for animals facing degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis and traumatic injuries such as torn ligaments and injured tendons.

Mar 8, 2024

Akita Receives VetStem Cell Therapy for Arthritis

Posted by Bob under Dog Arthritis, VetStem Cell Therapy

Last Friday was National Welsh Corgi Day and today is International Akita Day! We of course have to pay tribute by sharing a VetStem success story about an Akita named Yoshio!


Yoshio faced significant challenges due to bilateral hock dysplasia and osteoarthritis in his joints. By the age of 9.5, he struggled to perform basic activities, like jumping on the bed, and could not stand comfortably. His condition caused discomfort and limited his mobility, leading to lower back spasms and difficulty walking. Determined to alleviate Yoshio’s suffering, his owner followed an extensive physical therapy regimen, including underwater treadmill exercises and cold laser therapy. Despite these efforts and weight loss to ease joint stress, Yoshio found only minimal relief after four months.

In pursuit of a more effective solution, Yoshio’s owner turned to VetStem Cell Therapy. Under the care of veterinary surgeon and longtime VetStem user, Dr. Kim Carlson, Yoshio underwent a minimally invasive procedure to collect fat tissue from his abdomen. The fat was processed at the VetStem lab to extract Yoshio’s stem and regenerative cells. Within 48 hours of the initial fat collection, Yoshio received stem cell injections into both hocks and his right carpus, along with an IV injection.

Yoshio’s owner noticed a significant improvement in his condition within just one week of the procedure. With renewed strength and mobility, Yoshio could run, jump onto beds, and stand comfortably following treatment with stem cells.

Arthritis is one of the most common ailments that affects dogs today. While all dogs can develop arthritis, large breed dogs like Akitas are at a higher risk due to the increased wear and tear on their joints. If you think your dog may benefit from treatment with VetStem Cell Therapy, speak to your veterinarian or contact us to receive a list of providers near you.

Mar 1, 2024

VetStem Cell Therapy Gets Agility Dog Back to Competition

Posted by Bob under Dog Osteoarthritis, Dog Stem Cells

Today is National Welsh Corgi Day! As a tribute to Corgis everywhere, we wanted to share a special VetStem success story about an agility Corgi named Kirby.

Kirby is a fun-loving Pembroke Welsh Corgi who began competing in agility at just one and a half years old. His path, however, was not without hurdles. At around four years old, Kirby began to experience intermittent lameness in his hips and left knee, threatening to derail his agility career. His veterinarian employed a range of treatments, from cold laser therapy to underwater treadmill sessions and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. While these interventions offered temporary relief, Kirby’s lameness persisted, prompting his mom to explore alternative solutions.

A corgi dog jumping over a bar during an agility competition

Determined to find a lasting solution, Kirby’s mom elected to have him treated with VetStem Cell Therapy. To begin the process, Kirby underwent a minimally invasive procedure to harvest fat tissue from his abdomen. Kirby’s fat was processed at the VetStem laboratory to extract and concentrate his stem and regenerative cells. Five injectable stem cell doses were shipped to his veterinarian and approximately 48 hours after the initial fat collection procedure, Kirby received injections of his own stem cells into his hips and knees, as well as an intravenous injection.

The results were remarkable. Within a mere two months, Kirby showed significant improvement, and was able to return to agility competition with an 80% qualifying rate. He was also able to enjoy long hikes with his mom each week. His owner stated, “I’m so grateful to VetStem for their help and that they have his cells in storage so we can give him more injections in the future if needed!!”

Like Kirby, many dogs suffer from pain associated with osteoarthritis, which can greatly affect their quality of life. According to surveys answered by owners and veterinarians, greater than 80% of dogs showed an improved quality of life after receiving VetStem Cell Therapy for orthopedic conditions. Do you think your dog may benefit from treatment with stem cells? Speak to your veterinarian or contact us to receive a list of providers near you.

Feb 23, 2024

VetStem at Western Veterinary Conference

Posted by Bob under VetStem

We are back from another trip to Las Vegas for the annual Western Veterinary Conference (WVC). WVC is one of the largest veterinary conferences in the field and VetStem has exhibited at this show for nearly 20 years.

Trade shows like WVC provide us with a platform to engage with and inform veterinarians and veterinary technicians from all over the country about the benefits of VetStem Cell Therapy and how to integrate it into their clinical practice. These events offer an excellent opportunity to connect with both current and prospective clients to discuss all things regenerative medicine.

The attendance this year was record breaking at over 20,000 people. We thoroughly enjoyed engaging in conversations with our colleagues and fellow animal lovers. And of course we loved getting to meet all sorts of cute animals! Enjoy some pictures from the show below.

Feb 16, 2024

Veterinary Assistant Appreciation Week

Posted by Bob under Veterinary Medicine

As Veterinary Assistant Appreciation Week comes to an end, we would like to recognize the invaluable contributions of these professionals in the world of animal care. Veterinary assistants play a crucial role in ensuring the smooth operation of veterinary clinics and hospitals, providing essential support to veterinarians and technicians. From comforting anxious pets to assisting with surgical procedures, their dedication and compassion are apparent in every aspect of their work.

Beyond their technical skills, veterinary assistants often serve as a reassuring presence for both animals and their people, offering empathy and support during challenging times. This week is an opportunity for us all to express gratitude for their hard work and unwavering commitment to the well-being of animals.

At VetStem, numerous members of our team began their careers as veterinary assistants. This foundational experience facilitated a seamless transition into the field of regenerative veterinary medicine. The dedication and diligence inherent in their roles as veterinary assistants continues to translate into their work at VetStem.

Whether it’s cleaning kennels, administering medications, or assisting veterinarians and owners with stem cell questions, veterinary assistants demonstrate a level of devotion that deserves recognition and appreciation. Let’s celebrate their vital role in the veterinary field and express our heartfelt thanks for the compassion and care they bring to their work every single day.

Feb 9, 2024

StemInsure: The Stem Cell Insurance

Posted by Bob under Stem Cells, StemInsure

As responsible pet owners, we often seek ways to safeguard the health and well-being of our canine companions throughout their lives. We vaccinate them as puppies and put them on high quality diets and supplements to keep them as healthy as possible. We invest in pet insurance to ensure they receive the best care possible. But what if there was another way to help insure your dog’s future?

The VetStem StemInsure is a cutting-edge service that harnesses the power of stem cells for potential future use. StemInsure allows pet owners to store a sample of their pet’s own stem cells while they are still healthy. This proactive approach holds the key to unlocking a myriad of health benefits and addressing potential challenges that may arise later in their lives.

Stem cells are the body’s natural healing cells. They can reduce inflammation, pain, and even lead to tissue regeneration. Storing these cells when your dog is young serves as a strategic investment in their future health. Young dogs typically possess a higher concentration of robust and healthy stem cells, making the preservation process more effective. This bank of youthful stem cells can be a valuable resource for addressing a wide range of health issues that may emerge as your dog ages, from joint problems to degenerative conditions.

Furthermore, the act of storing stem cells early in your dog’s life provides a unique opportunity to customize and personalize their healthcare journey. As each dog is an individual with its own genetic makeup and predispositions, having a bank of their own stem cells allows veterinarians to tailor treatment plans specifically to your furry friend. This targeted approach can lead to more effective outcomes, whether the need arises for regenerative therapy due to injury, surgery, or the management of chronic conditions.

Storing stem cells for your dog may help to ensure a healthier and happier life for your beloved pet. By securing this “stem cell insurance” while they are young, you are taking a proactive and personalized approach towards giving your dog the best possible chance at a vibrant and active life throughout the years.

Learn more about StemInsure on the VetStem website or watch a brief video here.