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Regenerative Therapies: Alternatives to Drugs and Surgery

Regenerative Therapies: Alternatives to Drugs and Surgery

If you notice your dog or cat has begun limping or can no longer jump on the couch, surgery or medication may not be your only options for treatment. Caring Paws Animal Hospital can offer a variety of innovative therapies to help your pet get back to their normal activities in no time.

Regenerative therapy focuses on replacing, repairing or creating new tissues in the body. The goal of this type of therapy is to reduce pain, help regenerate injured tissue, and return a joint, muscle, or tendon to its normal function. Soft tissue damage, degenerative joint diseases, and chronic ailments such as heart disease and arthritis are all conditions that can be effectively treated with this type of procedure.

Regenerative therapy is a less-invasive alternative to pharmaceuticals and surgery and works by stimulating the body’s own healing response. At Caring Paws Animal Hospital, we offer several types of regenerative therapies to help ease our patients’ discomfort:

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a pain-free procedure that can help your pets feel better and heal faster. Our therapeutic cold laser has broad healing and anti-inflammatory applications for advanced wound therapy, arthritis, nerve therapy, and back issues to facilitate nerve regeneration. Our therapy laser is a hand-held device that emits a concentrated beam of infrared light. When we direct this infrared light to an injured area of the body, the laser energy helps promote circulation to the area and stimulates cell production. It is completely noninvasive and painless.

Before Laser Therapy: After Laser Therapy:
dog before laser therapy dog after laser therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

A cost effective alternative to stem cell therapy, platelet rich plasma (PRP) can hasten the repair of tissue damage caused by arthritis, sprains, soft tissue injuries, or tendonitis. It can be used to treat a wide-range of conditions and is also useful for long term management of chronic conditions.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy is used to treat a variety of conditions from arthritis to kidney disease. The process involves harvesting a patient’s fat cells, isolating the stem cells from the fat, and injecting them into the problem area. This triggers a potent anti-inflammatory response and promotes tissue regeneration.


Immunotherapy is a form of regenerative medicine that can activate the repair or production of cells in the body’s immune system. This type of treatment is used to fight various types of diseases including allergic skin conditions, chronic infections, chronic virus, and specific cancers.


Glucosamine supplements can be a valuable addition to your pet’s treatment plan because they can help support the formation and regeneration of cartilage and other tissues. There are many forms of glucosamine supplements, and Dr. Danielson can recommend the type that is best for your pet. In advanced cases of arthritis and in certain species, injectable glucosamine is a superior choice. This injectable form can greatly enhance mobility and is available for at home administration.

Please contact us if you have any questions about our regenerative therapy options.

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— Maria
“Dr. Danielson is fantastic! Where do I start? Hands down the best vet in the Tampa area! He’s extremely empathetic and you can tell he truly cares about the animals he sees. He is also very good about figuring out the root cause of problems, not just treating symptoms. He fit us in on a day he was fully booked when we had an injured chicken. I also like that it’s a small practice with just one vet. I won’t take my pets anywhere else from now on!”
— Lesley G.
“Can't say enough good things about Caring Paws. We have seen Dr Danielson in the past and he was thoughtful, kind, and helped resolve the issue quickly. Most recently, we saw Dr Turner for a more emergent operation. He was empathetic and heartfelt, he helped us explore our options, and he even came in late at night/early the next morning to check on her recovery and let us know her status. Not many vets give that personal service and we felt he really cared about our Clover. HIGHLY recommend!”
— Chelsey

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