Apr 5, 2010

Stem Cell Treatment for Arthritis in Horses

Ted Robinsob and Stylish - treated with stem cells for arthritis

Arthritis is a painful, debilitating joint disease that can develop in any animal. It can be the result of a traumatic injury to the joint or can develop so slowly that many pet and horse owners may not even recognize the progression of the disease.  While this blog is focused mainly on arthritis in dogs, I thought that I would spend a little time discussing arthritis in horses.  According to the AVMA 2007 pet ownership and demographic study, there are about 7.3 million horses in the US.  It is estimated that 60% of the lameness issues in horses are due to arthritis, which extrapolated out is about 4 million horses!

I originally started Vet-Stem as a way to treat tendon and ligament damage I was seeing as rider and veterinarian in high performance horses.  Over time, stem cell therapy has become the recommended treatment for horses that have “bowed” a tendon.   Vet-Stem clients have treated many horses for arthritis, but the majority of the horse cases are for tendon and ligament.

When we launched stem cell treatments for arthritis in dogs, we were inundated with cases. What is interesting is that with all the successful dog treatments mentioned in the media, many a horse owner is taking a second look at treating their horse with stem cells.  If you know of a horse that is taking drugs for arthritis, share that stem cell treatment can be used in horses too! I have attached a link to some testimonials from horse owners on our website.


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