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Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy for animals

"Regenerative" medicine is a huge trend in the health field for humans, and it's beginning to be used to heal animals as well.
Channel Three's Kathryn Daniel takes us to a local vet office to see the cutting edge procedure known as "Platelet Rich Plasma" therapy.  

Tank -- the English Mastiff is a gentle giant.
"He's been a patient here since he was a baby and it's been fun watching him grow into a gentleman, a fine, old gentleman."

Tank's almost eight -- elderly for his breed -- and he recently tore his back left knee ligament.
An injury that usually requires an expensive, risky, involved surgery...His vet -- gina forgey says it was not a great option for Tank.

"It's harder when you're older to recover anyway when a big dog is put under anesthesia, it's almost like doing anesteshia on a cow."
Forgey and her husband, vet nat mckerly pitched platelet rich plasma therapy to tank's owner, pam halstead.

In P.R.P.,  the patients' blood is drawn...Spun down in a centrifuge so the platelets are concentrated.
It's injected into and around the injured area...to jump start and strenghthen the body's natural healing signal.

Helping tissue regenerate by bringing collagen to the injury...The substance that makes wounds strong.
Halstead's husband has bad knees --  they'd been researching P.R.P. for him.W0 24 ]] C2.5 G 0 [[
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"Nat is so intuned to new things that I was just shocked when he mentioned it, that it was a possibility.  I said, heck yeah, let's try it."
Tank had his first round of P.R.P. three weeks ago.

"Tthe next day, when we picked him up and took him home, he was not limping, it was amazing."
Tanks' other knee is also treated with P.R.P. to strengthen it, 80 percent of dogs with this injury end up with it on the opposite limb.

Forgey says P.R.P. works best on ligaments, but can be used to treat arthritis, muscle and tendon tears.
Forgey says Ttank will get one more P.R.P. injection -- and he'll avoid knee surgery.

Things we used not to be able to help, now we can get 'em through it and they can live, not just longer, but quality of life and that's what's important."
Kathryn Daniel, Channel Three News.
   
P.R.P. therapy costs $150.00 per treatment, the surgery Tank avoided costs about $2000.00.