This post was sponsored by Gallant. I conducted my own research, all opinions are my own.
3 years ago when I had Maggie and Orbit spayed I didn’t consider stem cell storage. I thought it was just an option mothers did for their babies. But when I heard that veterinarians were now using stem cells to treats older dogs I got curious. So, I did some research to find out more about dog’s stem cells.
So, should I save or bank my dog’s stem cells when they are spayed (or in the case of a male dog – neutered)? If having an upper hand in the event your older dog gets sick, then; Yes. Saving and banking stem cells while your dog is young would be ideal. Stem cells decline in quality as your dog ages so saving and banking them preserves these younger and healthier cells. Furthermore, preserving the tissues collected during spay and neuter means that it’s less invasive than a procedure that extracts stem cells from fat tissue or bone marrow later.
Dog parents who elect to save or bank stem cells do so because it can help treat a range of ailments and diseases that dogs may face when they get older.