Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) for Small Pets

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) for Small Pets

How Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy helps your doggy and Kobe Bryant

If you weren’t aware that Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy was available for dogs and cats, you wouldn’t be the only surprised pet owner in Canada. Platelet Rich Plasma therapy usage began in the 1970’s, and medical applications currently include sports medicine, dentistry, and surgery, among others.

In short, it’s about accelerating healing of bone, muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries, and treating degenerative joint conditions. For instance, why did basketball star Kobe Bryant fly to Germany to receive Platelet Rich Plasma injections? Because Mr. Bryant needed effective management of osteoarthritis, with a quick recovery time, while avoiding surgery that would sideline him for a lengthy period of time.

So why are we seeing an increasing number of Canadian vets embracing this promising treatment? Well, because it’s natural, quick, and effective.

So how does it work?

Your veterinarian starts by obtaining a blood sample. Then, in the case of Medivet Canada’s PRP protocol, the blood sample will be placed in a centrifuge, and spun for 4 and 8 minutes respectively. This concentrates the platelets found in whole blood, which release healing growth factors to facilitate repair. Medivet Canada’s Acticell solution is added to the platelet sample at the end, to help release the growth factors from platelets. Start to finish, this process takes 20 to 30 minutes.

What about results?

For vets injecting into or around affected joints, the results are very pleasing. Animals experience an immediate anti-inflammatory response to the treatment, with tissue healing and blood vessel formation occurring over the next 1-2 months.

Some pet owners will bring their pet back in every 1-3 months for re-injection, especially with older dogs and cats, as they see how much more active their pet is after treatment. The intent here is to boost quality of life by managing pain, increasing mobility, and promoting accelerated healing.

For more information on Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, contact your local veterinarian, or email

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