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.



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Five Issues To Watch Out For In Your Cat

Health issues can affect cats at any time, but they can be the most damaging at the early stages of a cat’s life. Diseases and infections can hit kittens especially hard given their fragile nature, so it’s important to monitor their health closely during these... read more

Five Ways to Dog Proof Your Backyard

If you’re a dog owner, you do everything you can to keep your dog safe and healthy. That likely means dog proofing your home so that it is as safe as can be. While many pet owners know the hidden dangers that lurk inside one’s home, few realize that the outdoors can... read more

Should You Get a Puppy

Few things in life are as cute and cuddly as a puppy (except maybe a kitten) and even fewer things add as much joy to your life. But, as wonderful as puppies are, that doesn’t mean they don’t come without their headaches and hassles. If you’re considering adopting a... read more

Why Your Pet Smells

Does your pet have a certain aroma that can’t be ignored any more…no matter how hard you try? In other (less nice) words, does your pet stink? If you have a smelly pet, don’t stress! Your pet isn’t the first (or last) animal with an odor problem. To rid your pet... read more

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