Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy is a growing area of medicine, both for people and animals.  A lot of ongoing research is being performed to find out how stem cells can benefit patients with a variety of medical conditions, including osteoarthritis, kidney disease and digestive diseases.  Currently, stem cells can be used in our pets as a treatment for osteoarthritis (also known as OA, arthritis, or degenerative joint disease).  These cells are derived from the pet’s own stem cell stores through a small surgical procedure.  During this procedure, a sample of fat is removed surgically, then is submitted to our lab for processing.  Once the lab has derived the stem cells from the fat, they are sent back to our hospital, where they can then be guided into a joint that is affected with osteoarthritis.  These stem cells have the capability of creating new tissue, such as cartilage, to help treat the underlying cause of osteoarthritis.  Often, a benefit can be seen within 30-60 days after implantation.



Please take the time to read our complimentary blogs below.

After Care For Pets Following Surgery

At Hillside Animal Hospital we use minimally invasive surgery techniques so that your pet undergoes less trauma and recovery time is minimized. While minimally invasive surgery is safer for your pet than traditional invasive procedures, proper post-op care is still... read more

Caring for your senior pet

Everyone knows that a puppy’s needs are different from those of a grown dog.  So, doesn’t it make sense that senior dogs (and cats) have their own specific needs as well? The reality is senior pets have special care requirements because of their unique age-related... read more

Common signs of arthritis in your pet

Achy muscles and stiff joints affect more individuals than you may think. In fact, these common symptoms of arthritis are found in both the young and old—and human and non-human. That’s right…arthritis is an issue that many animals experience as well. Dogs in... read more

Lawn chemicals and your pet

Break out the sunglasses and sandals because spring is right around the corner! While the extra sunshine and warmth mean lots of fun outdoor activities for you and your pet, spring can also bring some hidden dangers with it as well.  This season (more than any other)... read more

Common Cat Skin Conditions

There’s nothing nicer than snuggling with your cat, petting its soft, shiny fur and hearing its quiet purrs of contentment. But petting your cat when it’s suffering from a skin condition is another story. Unfortunately, skin conditions in cats are an all too common... read more

Kennel Cough and how to prevent it

Like it or not, cold and flu season is right around the corner. While getting a flu shot should be high on your to-do list this winter, don’t forget to protect your furry friend as well. One of the most common diseases dogs can acquire (winter or not) is something... read more