Regenerative medicine is a rapidly developing field with the potential to transform the treatment of canine disease. The ability to repair damaged tissue and treat diseases once believed to be incurable may soon be a reality. However, there are concerns that some techniques are being used prematurely. Due to the lower regulatory barriers in veterinary medicine, company-sponsored regenerative medicine products and techniques are currently used in general practice and specialty hospitals without the benefit of having been preceded by stringently controlled, independently funded clinical trials. As a result, techniques vary widely and the evidence that they work is anecdotal at best.

The AKC Canine Health Foundation has made the evidence-based practice of regenerative medicine a major focus within our research portfolio. Through an ongoing commitment to fund research studies that will inform the veterinary community in the use of safe and effective regenerative medicine techniques, we intend to protect dog owners and support veterinarians with innovative technology that will consistently improve outcomes for dogs. In support of our effort to provide evidence-based regenerative medicine research, CHF is funding this landmark study to evaluate the effectiveness of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and stem cells in the treatment of the most common sporting injury in dogs: supraspinatus tendonopathy (similar to the rotator cuff injury in humans). Tendon injuries in dogs often progress undiagnosed and result in chronic lameness and pain. Ultimately, unassisted tendon healing results in scar formation and reduced function of the joint and surrounding muscle tissue. PRP and stem cell therapies aim to accelerate and promote healing through tissue regeneration and reduced scarring.

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