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Features July 2014 Issue

For Your Dog’s Arthritis, His Own Blood

Bernese mountain dog Sedona is enrolled in a Tufts study that's looking at whether platelet-rich plasma helps mitigate arthritis symptoms.

For Your Dog’s Arthritis, His Own Blood

Tufts veterinary scientists investigate a new possibility for ratcheting down arthritis pain.

Platelet-rich plasma therapy shows progress in reducing arthritis pain. “Platelets have a lot of growth factors and molecules called cytokines that are mediators of inflammation,” says Tufts veterinarian Michael Kowaleski, DVM, an orthopedic specialist who treats dogs and other small animals. “It’s believed that the release of the growth factors could stimulate tendon healing by bringing new, healthy cells to the site of the problem while some of the cytokines help reduce inflammation.”

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