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What is platelet rich plasma (PRP)?



PRP

Canine Platelet Rich Plasma (C-PRP) is an innovative therapy which offers a natural way for the body to reduce joint pain caused by arthritis and promotes faster healing and recovery post-surgery. C-PRP can be used in locations other than joints, as well. C-PRP uses the patient’s own blood components for these benefits. The procedure involves obtaining a blood sample from the patient and separating out the red and white blood cells, leaving behind the plasma and platelets. The platelet concentration in the remaining fluid is much higher than what is circulating in the regular bloodstream. The plasma is at this point said to be "platelet rich" and is injected into the patient's diseased joints. This can be done in the hospital as a one-day procedure.

What happens during the procedure? The blood is drawn and filtered to trap the platelets. The patient is sedated and the C-PRP is administered into the affected joint(s). The process typically takes 40-45 minutes. The plasma must be injected in a sterile, surgical manner directly into the joint so care must be taken not to introduce infection. Most collections will allow for additional samples to be frozen for future administration.

What happens after treatment? Your pet will be restricted to leash walks for one to two days after the injection but can resume normal activity after two days. Some dogs are uncomfortable after the therapy and require oral analgesics for one to two days. Most owners report seeing benefits within the first few days. Results vary but can last up to a year! Treatment can be repeated as needed.

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