Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has been getting more attention as it has produced some interesting results in humans and horses. The procedure involves separating plasma and increasing the number of platelets in the fluid before injecting it back into the patient. It's supposed to be good for healing -- and it's had some definite effects. Now, attention has turned to using platelet-rich plasma in dogs. While the jury is still out on the overall effect, there are some very positive signs. Brandywine Veterinary Hospital in Chadds Ford offers PRP, and you can bring your dog in for a consultation.
What Happens During PRP?
A patient that needs to undergo PRP has blood drawn. The blood is either filtered or placed in a centrifuge; either way, the blood is separated into different products including platelets. This separation process increases the number of platelets available, and they're then remixed with the blood. The resulting concoction is injected at an injury site. The mixture is supposed to speed up healing of orthopedic injuries and similar structural issues.
Does PRP Work?
The PRP procedure has had some results in humans and horses, so horse owners who are interested in the procedure will find vets more amenable to using the procedure in those animals than in a house pet. But dogs are now in the spotlight as the next animal to possibly benefit from the procedure. Keep in mind that overall, PRP is still under evaluation and, while it's becoming more accepted, it's still not yet a major part of treatment for anyone or thing. Yet there's a growing acceptance. For dogs, especially, PRP may have more targeted results.
If your horse or dog is suffering from an orthopedic issue, it won't hurt to discuss the possibility of using PRP to see if that procedure can improve healing. You should always look at traditional care for the animal's condition, too, but your veterinarian may suggest PRP as an additional type of treatment.
Call us and Discuss Treatment Possibilities
Brandywine Veterinary Hospital offers veterinary care for a range of animals. We help animals in the Chadds Ford and Greenville regions. Call us at (610) 459-0500 to set up an appointment. Whether you're caring for a puppy or a petite farm animal, we can help you keep those animal companions healthy.