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Regenerative Medicine/PRP

What is Regenerative Medicine?

Regenerative medicine is a fast-emerging branch of veterinary medicine in which the body’s own cells are used to heal and ultimately regenerate damaged tissues in acute and chronic conditions. This area of medicine includes Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell therapies.

What Can Regenerative Medicine Treat?

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Acute and Chronic Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Ligament Injuries
  • Muscle Injuries
  • Certain Spinal Conditions

What is Platelet Rich Plasma?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a highly concentrated blood sample that contains isolated cells (platelets) and the fluid portion of blood (plasma). When used as a therapy, PRP can help regenerate and heal tissues by:

  • Recruiting cells to an area of injury to clean up dead and injured cells
  • Releasing proteins called “Growth Factors” which are responsible for tissue regeneration.

Watch this video to see how it works:

What’s Involved in PRP Therapy?

If your veterinarian has determined that PRP therapy is right for your pet, he/she can process and treat your pet with PRP during an office visit. A small amount of blood is taken from your dog and is processed using a specialized system that concentrates the platelets and the plasma. Once the PRP processing is complete, it is injected directly into the area of injury.

What Results Can Be Expected From PRP Therapy?

Many veterinarians have noted therapeutic effects last between 6-12 months for dogs with mild to moderate osteoarthritis.

What are Stem Cells?

Stem cells have the ability to differentiate into any type of cell. They can also activate other surrounding stem cells and recruit additional cell types to aid in wound healing and tissue repair.

What’s Involved in Stem Cell Therapy?

If your veterinarian has determined that your dog is a candidate for stem cell therapy, he/she can process and inject the stem cells during an office visit. A small amount of bone marrow is collected from the femur while the dog is under general anesthesia. It is then processed using a specialized system that isolates and concentrates the stem cells. Once the processing is complete, the stem cells are then directly injected into the area of injury.

Seeing Results from Stem Cell Therapy

As with PRP therapy, every dog’s response to therapy will be different. Most veterinarians have noted that dogs with moderate to severe osteoarthritis will show marked improvement for more than a year with one treatment of stem cells. Follow your veterinarian’s recommendations for rehabilitation and follow-up.

Preventative/Wellness Care

Just like you, we want your dog or cat to live the longest, healthiest life possible. That starts with the basics: quality food, enough exercise, good grooming, and yes, regular check-ups.

Annual exams are your pet’s first line of defense. Greenway Pet Clinic’s comprehensive annual exams include checking their overall health by taking their temperature, examining skin and coat, lung and cardiac function, internal health, oral hygiene, eyes, ears, and demeanor.

Vaccinations: Keeping your dog or cat up to date on immunizations and booster vaccines are a highly effective way to prevent many common diseases and infections like distemper and rabies. Beyond those core vaccines, your pet’s age, lifestyle, and likely exposure to certain diseases will be evaluated before we recommend additional inoculations.

Dental Care: Imagine what your teeth would be like if you never cleaned them. Well, the same thing is happening to your pet’s teeth without good oral care. We recommend annual dental cleanings and can show you tips for brushing your pet’s teeth, which can reduce the need for expensive extractions and more serious dental work down the line.

Parasite Control: Fleas, ticks, worms – preventing them in the first place is much easier and ultimately less expensive than getting rid of them after they’ve infested your pet, home and yard. We recommend monitoring your pet and having them screened for intestinal parasites regularly, and we offer a variety of alternatives for flea, tick, and heartworm prevention.

Proper Nutrition: There’s a lot of choices when it comes to what to feed your furry friend. Additionally, there’s also so much confusion about what to feed dogs and cats. Grain-free kibble? Home-cooked meals? Raw food diet? Proper nutrition is so important to your pet’s good health, and we can help you figure out what is best for your pet and your lifestyle.

Behavioral Evaluation: Changes in mood or behavior, lack of grooming, or litterbox problems in cats can often be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Swiftly addressing these shifts can help to identify and treat the root cause.

Skin and Coat Care: Cats are fastidious by nature, but felines with long, thick coats and those who live indoors still may need regular brushing, grooming, and nail trims. Grooming and washing your dog are fundamental aspects of proper pet hygiene. Proper skin and hair care can prevent things like mange, matting, bacterial infections and more.

Exercise: Regular workouts support musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health in dogs of all ages, as well as improve their overall mental well-being. Cats are athletic creatures and getting enough exercise–especially if they live indoors–is extremely important in maintaining cardiovascular health and a healthy weight.

Senior Animals: At Greenway Pet Clinic, we love elder pets! We also know that preventative care is even more significant for them. Our fur babies are living longer than ever, making them more susceptible to disease and illness as they age. We recommend twice-yearly exams and screenings for senior pets to help prolong and improve the quality of their life.

Wellness Exams Include:
-Heart and Lung Evaluation
-Ear Examination
-Eye Examination
-Dental Evaluation
-Abdominal Organ Evaluation
-Musculoskeletal Evaluation
-Coat and Skin Analysis
-Weight Assessment and Nutritional Counseling
-Answering any concerns/questions you might have about your pet

We have recently partnered with Idexx Laboratories to offer specially reduced pricing on Preventative Care Panels for your pets. We strongly encourage every pet parent to add this panel to their pets’ annual exam. Over 250,000 Preventative Care Panels were reviewed from 5,000+ clinics and found that these panels revealed significant findings from adults to geriatric life stages requiring veterinary follow up or monitoring. These results were: 15% in Adults, 21% in Seniors and 42% in Geriatrics. Early detection, care and monitoring helps to extend your pet’s life for as long as possible.

These panels include:

Comprehensive Blood Panel:

A complete blood chemistry panel including electrolytes provides information about your pet’s liver, kidneys, and pancreas; as well as other functions of the body, such as blood sugar and hydration. A complete blood count (CBC) checks for infection and anemia.

Fecal Testing:

Important for diagnosing intestinal parasites that can be dangerous to the health of both you and your pet. Some parasites are zoonotic, meaning that they are transmissible to humans.

Urinalysis (in cats):

Assesses the physical and chemical composition of urine. Abnormal results usually indicate that there is a problem with the kidneys and/or urinary system. However, a urinalysis can also provide clues about problems in other organ systems, or may indicate the presence of a metabolic disease, such as diabetes.

Heartworm 4DX test:

This test checks to see if your dog is currently infected with Heartworms. It is recommended to be done annually for dogs on heartworm preventative, as well as before starting preventative. It is also a screening test for Lyme’s disease, Ehrlichiosis (Tick Fever), and Anaplasmosis.

To learn more or schedule an appointment, please give us a call! (520) 749-1736

Senior Wellness

It can be hard to admit when we see the signs of old age in our animal companions, but the fact is that most dogs are considered seniors when they hit seven, cats around nine. Pets age much more rapidly than humans, which means diseases and illness progress quicker as well.

To ensure that your pet has the longest, healthiest, most comfortable life possible, Greenway Pet Clinic encourages you to bring your senior pet for exams and blood tests twice each year. This way, we can track how your pet is aging, and we’ll be more likely to catch any developing diseases before they’re big problems.

Blood tests are one of the most important parts of a senior exam. These blood screenings—often referred to as a “senior panel”— monitor red and white blood cell counts and reveal how well the kidney, liver, pancreas, and thyroid are functioning. Your vet may recommend a chest x-ray to ensure that the heart is a normal size and that there are no masses in the lungs.

Checking a urine sample, or urinalysis, is also important is our senior patients. A urinalysis can reveal how well the kidneys are concentrating urine, presence of crystals (which may indicate bladder stones), or evidence of a urinary tract infection.

Periodontal disease is always a threat to our pets’ health and comfort, and it’s particularly tough on older pets. That’s why a dental exam is always part of any senior pet screening as well.

Finally, make sure to let your vet know about any behavior changes in your pet. Once dogs and cat get to the geriatric stage, monitoring for signs of cognitive dysfunction—such as losing housebreaking, getting lost or wandering aimlessly—is very important.

To schedule a wellness exam for your senior pet, call us at Greenway Pet Clinic (520) 749-1736.

Parasite Prevention

Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes aren’t just a summer problem! Warming temperatures mean year-round prevention is key to making sure your pet is protected from these pests or the diseases they may carry. Don’t overlook the problems they can cause: Fleas often trigger dermatitis, tapeworm and hot spots; one tick bite can transmit numerous dangerous diseases and mosquitoes carry potentially deadly heartworm.

In addition to preventive medications, you should thoroughly check your pets for fleas and ticks on a daily basis if they’ve been outdoors. Although fleas and ticks can be anywhere on your pet’s body, they prefer posting up near the head, ears, neck and paws. You can spot evidence of fleas if you notice little black specks that resemble pepper or bits of dirt.

Both the incidence of Lyme disease from tick bites and heartworm from mosquitoes are on the rise around the country. Lyme disease is rarely fatal, but heartworm is more so because often there are no symptoms until the disease is well advanced. While there is treatment for dogs, it can be expensive and very hard on your pet.

Prevention is always the best treatment! We carry many different types of flea, tick and heartworm preventive and your Greenway Pet Clinic veterinarian can help you choose which one is right for your pet. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 520-749-1736.

Dear Greenway Pet Clinic Clients:

The global spread of COVID-19 is a concern for everyone. I wanted to let you know that Greenway Pet Clinic has also taken some preventative measures to ensure everyone’s safety, clients and employees alike.

We are continuing to do curbside service only, with the exception of end of life appointments. We appreciate peoples understanding about not entering the clinic. It is for everyone’s safety to keep a distance and not be confined in a small space. We also ask that clients wear masks when interacting with the staff. We wear masks continually inside so we can provide care to your pets and not spread the virus between each other.

I ask that if you are sick, stay home and do not bring your pet in. Please find someone else to bring your pet in if he or she needs to be seen. I want to try to accommodate all our patients but won’t be able to do that if my staff and I get sick.

In addition to daily temperature checks upon starting a shift and wearing a mask, any staff member who starts to feel sick will be sent home and asked to go get tested. If they do have the Coronavirus, they will have to stay home a minimum of ten days or 24 hours past resolution of signs if longer than ten days.

I am not sure when this curbside protocol will end. Unfortunately, this pandemic is far from being under control. I am looking forward to the day when the infection rate is under control and we can again have some sense of normalcy.

Please be safe and take care, Carole Treat DVM