Sam's Story 

Platelet-rich plasma therapy with one of Tier 1's most beloved gentle giants, Sam. 

Advanced Oncology & Chemotherapy

Providing the best care available, when your pet needs it most.

The signs were 

 
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Cancer is common in pets and affects all breeds. It is most often diagnosed in older pets but may occur at any age.  Cancer can be found in the skin, lymph nodes, blood stream, bones, and internal organs. Symptoms vary depending on the location and type of cancer but can include palpable lumps on or under the skin, poor appetite, reduced energy levels, or weight loss. Tissue biopsies, blood tests, and imaging studies are often needed to confirm a cancer diagnosis.

When your pet is first diagnosed with cancer, we will recommend various staging tests.  The staging process determines the location, severity, and extent of disease. Imaging studies including x-rays, ultrasound, and CT scans are often performed for staging purposes and to plan for surgical intervention. Once staging is complete, cancer treatment may begin.




What is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy and how does it work?

Platelets promote blood clotting to prevent excessive bleeding and contain protein to help wounds heal. 

Over the last several years, the advacement of Platelet-rich plasma theray (PRP) has been researched as a method to promote healing within the body.  PRP when injected into inflated or damaged tissue areas, might be able to reduce inflmation and speed up recovery.  Like all therapy, there is no guarantee and every body heals differently. 

A PRP session begins with one of our Doctors taking a small blood sample from your animal. Next, that sample is placed into a centrifuge or other like device that spins at super high speeds.  The speed and spinning of the blood sample allow the platelets to seperates from the other components that make up blood cells.  Once seperated, the doctor injects the concentration of platelets into the area in which your animal is wounded, has damaged tissue or excessive inflmation. 

The platelet injections contain anywhere from 5x to 10x more platelets than the untreated blood in the area.  This is theorized as why PRP has been able to help some patients heal faster.

Learning that your pet has cancer can feel overwhelming. Rest assured that the compassionate veterinarians and staff at Tier 1 will support you and your pet throughout the entire treatment process.

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Over the last several years, the advacement of Platelet-rich plasma theray (PRP) has been researched as a method to promote healing within the body.  PRP when injected into inflated or damaged tissue areas, might be able to reduce inflmation and speed up recovery.  Like all therapy, there is no guarantee and every body heals differently.