Platelet Rich Plasma PRP Therapy for Dogs and Bulldogs is now offered by Dr. R. Kraemer, a veterinarian residing in orange county California, and a leading provider for alternative therapeutic medicine. Among the new age modalities offered at his practice is the newest KLaser Class 4 Cold Laser model (“the cube”), Pulse Electromagnetic Therapy (PEMT) and the latest in regenerative medicine including the patent Stem Cell Therapy in-house lab form MediVet America and Cryobanking. Also from MediVet is the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) instant kit . Due to increased demand, Dr. Kraemer is expanding the offer for this groundbreaking technology to pet owners from anywhere in the State of California, as well as those out of state who are unable to find a local veterinarian who is able to provide those services.
Dr. Kramer has strong ties to the bulldog community and the Southern California Bulldog Rescue (SCBR). A few of the SCBR rescued bulldogs have been treated with stem cells and PRP, most of which has been donated by MediVet America (kits) and Dr. Kraemer. I sat down with a few of the group members to answer questions specifically related to PRP.
Vicki (SCBR) : Can you explain what Platelet Rich Plasma is?
Platelet Rich Plasma PRP Therapy for Dogs and Bulldogs Dr. Kraemer Answers : “Platelet Rich Plasma” is an autogenous fluid concentrate (i.e. arising from within or from the subject itself) which is composed primarily of platelets, generated from a dog’s own blood cells. This serum is rich in healing growth factors that can help with inflammation and stimulate healing cascades. PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma has hit the mainstream media and is now used commonly by many human orthopods.
Gayle (SCBR): So how does Platelet Rich Plasma work?
Platelet Rich Plasma PRP Therapy for Dogs and Bulldogs Dr. Kraemer Answers : Platelets are among the first cells to migrate to sites of tissue trauma, and in addition to their role in hemostasis (i.e. blood clotting), they contain numerous growth factors that stimulate tissue healing. Growth factors are critical modulators of tissue healing. Platelet rich plasma has been demonstrated to accelerate the healing in both humans and animals, of numerous tissues throughout the body, including: ligament, tendon, and bone, and to aid in the management of osteoarthritis.
Nicole (SCBR): How is Platelet Rich Plasma created at your hospital?
Dr. Kraemer Answers Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for Dogs and Bulldogs: Platelet rich plasma can be generated by centrifugation of your pet blood. We do all that in-house with a patent MediVet-Americakit. All we need is a small amount of blood from your pet. The solution is typically ready for injection within 2 hours.
Vicki (SCBR): What are the most common medical applications for PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma PRP Therapy for Dogs and Bulldogs Dr. Kraemer Answers : We at Vet4HealthyPet Advanced Medical Care mainly use it for orthopedics injures such as ACL tears , Elbow Dysplasia and Medial Patella Luxations. PRP can be injected into an injured joint, tendon, or used in its gel form to treat large burns or wounds. MediVet’s PRP is not limited to acute injuries, it can also be used for chronic conditions. MediVet’s platelet rich plasma unique process gives a pet owner a twofold tool– gel form for topical healing or liquid form for direct injection. PRP is most commonly effective in treating short term inflammatory problems where there are no signs of neurological deficits.
1. Tendon Healing (Tenosynovitis): stronger healing when the tendon repair sites were treated with PRP.
2. Collagen Production: Growth factors found in PRP increase type I collagen production cell proliferation.
3. “Tennis Elbow”: a 93% reduction in pain after a single injection in humans.
4. Achilles tendon ruptures and shoulder injuries.
5. Ligament ruptures and hyperextension injuries.
6. Osteoarthritis: as in pet Hip and Elbow dysplasia.
7. Non Healing Topical Wounds.
8. Utilized adjunct to surgery: as in ACL tare (TPLO), MPL Repair, etc.
9. General Inflammation.
Nicole (SCBR): How about use of PRP for osteoarthritis?
Platelet Rich Plasma PRP Therapy for Dogs and Bulldogs Dr. Kraemer Answers: PRP might aid in the production of hyaline in osteoarthritis in both humans and animals. PRP has shown to decrease pain and improve function in humans with degenerative cartilage disease. A recent unpublished study from the Veterinary School at the University of Missouri has demonstrated decreased lameness sores in dogs with elbow arthritis following PRP injections.
Nicole (SCBR): What about bone, would PRP aid in fracture repair?
Platelet Rich Plasma PRP Therapy for Dogs and Bulldogs Dr. Kramer Answers: Protein rich plasma may aid in fracture repair and healing by providing additional growth factors that are critical to bone formation. PRP has been used for bone formation most extensively in human dental and maxillofacial applications. PRP is being used in delayed and non-union fracture cases in an effort to accelerate healing.
Gayle (SCBR): How is PRP different from. Stem Cell Therapy?
Platelet Rich Plasma PRP Therapy for Dogs and Bulldogs Dr. Kramer Answers: While PRP may help recruit a few stem cells to the area, stem cell injection therapy is much more advanced. Stem cell therapy would be more appropriate for degenerative diseases where there is lost tissue (like chronic arthritis, a partial tendon or ligament tear, a low back disc where there are torn fibers allowing the disc to bulge). Stem Cells are capable of not only differentiating into the new tissue that is lost, but also coordinating the repair response
Keep in Mind that all our stem cell therapy treatments utilize PRP. Every Stem Cell Injection your pet receives from us (including cryobank unites stored for future use)are mixed with Platelets rich plasma at No Additional Cost.
Gayle (SCBR): How is PRP cost vs. Stem Cell Therapy?
Platelet Rich Plasma PRP Therapy for Dogs and Bulldogs Dr. Kraemer Answers: As mentioned above, our Stem Cells therapy cases are always mixed with PRP . But PRP alone is much cheaper, less time consuming, and there is no anesthesia and surgical concerns. Often, we treat with PRP alone a few months after Stem Cell Therapy. As you may recall, stem cell pick effect is two months after treatment, but they are still at the site even months later. By injecting PRP we are “re-energizing”, “re-charging” those stem cells once again.
Gayle (SCBR): So why Would a pet owner be inclined to choose PRP as a therapeutic option for his pet?
Platelet Rich Plasma PRP Therapy for Dogs and Bulldogs Dr. Kraemer Answers:
Vicki (SCBR): Many of our bulldogs are treated by you with Class 4 Cold Laser. Is there a conflict between those therapeutic modalities?
Platelet Rich Plasma PRP Therapy for Dogs and Bulldogs Dr. Kraemer Answers: I glad you raised that question, since I am an avid supporter of all those up-and-coming modalities. First, there is no conflict between them. In fact, the opposite is true: the therapies are complementary and synergistic. The benefits of combining laser therapy with regenerative therapy are obvious. Stem Cells Therapy and PRP Therapy would do better with cold laser due the improved local circulation and cell metabolism; cold laser will help to speed up the delivery to the injured target site. Laser is the enabler; it will help to provide more fuel and oxygen to “ignite the engine”, so to speak. So whichever way the body is inclined to heal itself, laser will provide the boost. It’s a “win win”
Thank you for all the great questions; it is a true privilege to be part of the SCBR organization. In summery I would like to say that we can all eat healthy, exercise regularly and learn to relax in order to improve our life quality and increase longevity, the same goes for our pets. But as most of us are painfully aware, injuries and illness could happen despite our efforts to live healthily. Many times surgery will be recommended, and there are certainly many times when surgery is appropriate and needs to be performed. We should all be VERY grateful we have access to this tool. Nevertheless, I am a big advocate and strongly believer in awareness of other, less invasive, safer, often less costly, effective, alternative options. The latest therapeutic modalities, like stem cell therapy, Protein Rich Plasma, and class 4 cold laser therapy are here to stay, and this is only the beginning. I predict that in the coming decade those new age modalities will be mainstream and an integral part of every hospital’s medical services.
With the rise of Laser Therapy and regenerative medicine (Stem Cell Therapy), it suffices to say that the public is bearing witness to the emergence of a completely new age in healing, and certainly a total paradigm shift in veterinary health care