September 2019 Pet of the Month
Meet little Zac, the poor little man with the chronic shoulder pain. We have been worried about Zac’s shoulder for a while now after diagnosing shoulder laxity which often leads to arthritis. We were trying to manage his pain with supportive care which included supplements (Antinol), oral pain relief medication & cartrophen injections. Despite our efforts, Zac still had intermittent lameness & stiffness, indicating he was still in pain. We took shoulder xrays to assess his shoulders and found that the laxity had led to arthritis, which was the source of all his pain.
Thankfully we have recently started offering Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) joint injections. This natural approach has been shown to reduce inflammation & pain associated with joint disease such as arthritis. It also promotes healing and improves recovery time from orthopaedic surgery. The procedure involved taking Zac’s blood which was then spun in a centrifuge to extract the naturally occurring platelet cells. Zac’s plasma containing these platelets was extracted and injected back into both his shoulder joints.
We are happy to report that Zac is doing really well and is getting around happily on all four legs! He has even been able to go off his daily oral pain relief medication which is a great response!