Stem cell therapy for cats and dogs?

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Stem cell therapy for cats and dogs?

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Stem cell therapy is now available commercially for use in first-opinion veterinary practice. This article gives an overview of stem cell therapy for the non-specialist vet. As well as summarising evidence on the efficacy and safety of the therapy in cats and dogs, the article also includes practical information on the availability, regulatory status and cost of stem cell therapy in the UK. An essential read for any vet wanting a succinct and practical overview of stem cell therapy. 

The aim of this article is to help vets in first opinion practice keep abreast of this new development, which is now being promoted for the treatment of musculoskeletal problems in cats and dogs. The challenge was to explain a complex subject  in a succinct way. As well as discussing the evidence on efficacy and safety in cats and dogs, it was also important to explain the legal status of the treatments and the likely cost, which are other key factors in making decisions about the use of the therapy.

Key contributors to the article were topic specialists Dr Debbie GuestDr Jay DudhiaProfessor Roger Smith,  first opinion vets Roland Sabin and Hazel Bentall, the companies of products named in the article, and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate

Contributors were able to comment on the evidence,  raise points about interpretation, and highlight any new evidence. They helped ensure that questions that are important to practitioners were answered and were able to contribute opinion based on their experience. A Veterinary Prescriber editor considered all the comments and integrated relevant points and data into a revised draft. This was circulated again to key reviewers, before final amendments and checking.

The final article, no longer attributable to any one person, is published unsigned and represents the view of Veterinary Prescriber. The article will form the basis of future updates as more evidence about stem cell therapy becomes available. 

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