Economics of Healing

The bond between human and canine is not reduceable to a dollar value. True too is the reality that pain and suffering when watched in a companion animal is especially difficult. It seems that those we love that pad through life on 4 legs, asking for little and giving so much deserve comfort and health.

The last 10 days I have watched my beloved Aiden, a dog of charm and love struggle to live while the best of veterinary care seems not to be enough. Personal tragedy allows me to see anew what crosses and recrossed n owners mind when deciding what to spend on a dog, or cat.

I heard myself think, “I don’t care what it costs-I’ll spend it” and “who cares, I’ll find a way to pay for it” and…As a veterinarian that is usually on the other side-offering the care-the value question feels different, but of course it is not. If I had banked stem cells on my beloved Aidan, oh how happy I would be to give them now. If $2000 could buy the hope of healing, I would not blink. Am I so rare?

So I ponder as the use of stem cells derived from an animals own fat against a grudging acceptance among vets-will others have the foresight to realize that banking stem cells at the time of a routine surgery makes sense so those mighty healing cells are dressed and ready for work when needed.

What does it cost? Although the answer may vary the economic benefit in healing a loved one certainly for me is clear-this is a good deal.

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Put something away for a rainy day

“Banking stem cells is like having an extra insurance policy for your pet”, explained Jeremy Delk, CEO of MediVet America of Nicholasville, Ky. MediVet sells in-clinic equipment and adipose stem cell procedure kits, as well as banking services for harvested cells.

Stem cell therapy reduces inflammation and pain associated with arthritis and degenerative joint diseases, and provides healing to the joint. But, the joint might need a future treatment, or a different joint might also need treatment. Banking extra cells allows a second procedure to be done without having to put the animal through another surgery and offers a cost savings to the pet owner.

Parents can now bank their newborns cord blood cells, and just like that pet owners can bank a dog or cat’s stem cells, and preserve those cells for the lifetime of the animal. When they are needed they can be sent back to the veterinarian to inject into the animal.

Researchers, now know that stem cells hold the key to managing many diseases. Contact MediVet Midwest to learn more about how stem cells can help your pet!

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