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Prolotherapy & Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment for Pet Arthritis & Joint Pain


Acacia Animal Health Center is pleased to offer prolotherapy and PRP treatments for your injured or hurting pets. If you have an injured or arthritic pet, ask about prolotherapy and PRP at your next visit, or simply contact our office to schedule a consultation.


Also known as non-surgical ligament and tendon reconstruction, prolotherapy is a very useful treatment for chronic pain in pets. Tendons and ligaments are like rubber bands that connect the muscles and bones, and these can become weak or injured. Prolotherapy treatment promotes the formation of new tendon and ligament tissue in pets with an injury or certain medical conditions. Ligaments and tendons lack a good blood supply. Once injured, their blood supply becomes disorganized. Because of this, the body is unable to completely heal itself. Many animals and people have chronic ligament or tendon injury. Prolotherapy helps reconstruct the ligaments by injections that cause microinflammation. This replicates a strain or sprain in the body, causing the body to attract attention and blood flow again to this non-healing ligament or tendon. By repeated injections four to six weeks apart, this will cause the tendon to increase in strength and diameter significantly and allow the body to heal itself.

How Prolotherapy Works

The prolotherapy treatments involve injection of a dextrose solution into the ligament or tendon where it attaches to the bone. This causes inflammation in these weakened areas, increasing the blood supply and stimulating the tissue to repair itself.

Uses for Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy is beneficial in treating many different types of musculoskeletal pain. Some conditions that respond to prolotherapy include the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Chronic tendonitis
  • Torn tendons, ligaments, and cartilage
  • Degenerated or herniated spinal intervertebral discs

Response to treatment varies and depends upon a variety of factors. Some pets may only need a few treatments before a response is observed, others may take several, but most respond in three to six treatments.

Your veterinarian will advise you as to your pet’s appropriateness for this specific treatment modality. Once we determine that prolotherapy may be useful, we develop a customized treatment plan for the patient. It is also possible that we may use prolotherapy in combination with traditional treatments or therapies for the best results. Your pet’s comfort is always our primary concern, with a focus on pain reduction. Since prolotherapy is slightly painful, we usually sedate the patients for treatment and send home some pain medication for several days. It is imperative that when the animal starts feeling better, which it will, that they not be allowed to run and jump, as they can damage the healing that is taking place in the tendon or ligament.

Learn more about this unique therapeutic treatment at the following prolotherapy websites:

PRP—Platelet-Rich Plasma

Platelet-rich plasma or PRP is used for treatments such as arthritis, joint injury, and bone repair and regeneration. In humans, PRP is used extensively in sports medicine for treating injuries in professional athletes. We believe our athletic pets deserve the same regenerative opportunity.

How PRP Works

PRP is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets. Whole blood is collected from the patient, treated, and put through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets and obtain the PRP. Then the PRP is injected into the injury site.

PRP is prolotherapy with the animals own blood. This helps by releasing several different growth factors that stimulate healing of tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and soft tissue. And, since we are using the patient’s own blood, risk of rejection or reaction is eliminated. PRP is used instead of prolotherapy when the damage is more severe or we need to jump start the healing process.

PRP is not a recommended treatment for every injury—discuss the appropriateness of this treatment for your pet with your Acacia veterinarian.