Frequently Asked Questions

Stem cell therapy for animals has been commercially available since 2004. MediVet started selling their kits in the US in 2010, to clinics on the mainland, and thousands of animals have been treated around the world.

01. What is MediVet Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cells are powerful healing cells in your body that can become other types of cells. There are many adult stem cells in fat tissue, however they are asleep. MediVet's stem cell therapy allows your vet to isolate stem cells from an animal's own fat tissue, wake them up, and reinject them directly into damaged areas. For example, in the case of arthritis, stem cells become new cartilage cells, thus reducing pain and increasing mobility.

02. What is so great about Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cells treat the source of the problem by becoming new tissue to replace damaged tissue. Other treatments, such as NSAIDs, merely attempt to reduce symptoms. The treatment is very low risk, because it uses the animal's own stem cells. With MediVet's technology, over 95% of animals treated show improvement.

03.How long has Surf Paws been offering stem cell therapy?

We initially performed our first procedure on Ipo (Dr. M's American/Pit Bull mix) in April of 2012. After much success and positive results, Surf Paws began offering the in-clinic procedure in June of 2012.

Since inception, Dr. Cristina Miliaresis and the staff at SPAH have performed over 55 cases alone. | Update: 6/12/2013
04.I've heard about other stem cell companies. Which one is best?

For pet owners, there are two main advantages to MediVet. First, the processing is all done in our vet clinic, so you don't need to worry about losing your sample during shipping, or the sample heating up and getting damaged. Also, MediVet allows us to do the entire procedure in one day, making it very convenient for you and your pet. While all companies are equally safe, MediVet has the highest reported success rate of greater than 95%. When comparing side by side, we felt MediVet was the better choice with superior results.

05.Is it safe?

Yes, this procedure is very safe. The biggest risk is using anesthetic, to remove the fat tissue. On a typical dog, this is easier than a spay, and the fat is collected in about 15 minutes by your vet. Processing the sample is done carefully by a highly trained MediVet representative (or by a lab tech carefully trained by that representative). In the thousands of animals treated, we have not observed any negative side-effects from MediVet's stem cell therapy.

06.What happens to my pet when they come in for stem cell therapy?

First, we will put your pet under general anesthetic. Then, we will make a small incision and collect 2-4 tablespoons of fat (either in the belly or behind the shoulder blades). Since your pet is under anesthetic, this is a great opportunity to do anything else needed - spay/neuter, or dental for example. Our staff are highly trained by MediVet representative will process the sample, right in the clinic, using MediVet equipment. After about 3 hours, the cells are ready for injection into areas of damage. In addition, some cells are administered IV. For the administration step, your pet will either not be sedated at all, locally anesthetized with ethyl chloride spray, or lightly sedated, depending on what's best for your pet. You can pick up your pet later that same day.

07.What is the recovery period, and how long does it take to see results?

We recommend that the patient be kept quiet for the first 10 days. Then, while they may feel a lot better, you will need to be careful so your pet doesn�t injure themselves until they build up some of their muscles. Swimming and walking in water is great therapy. We typically see improvement starting after 3 weeks, and then continuing up to around 2 months.

08.What conditions do you treat?

Our typical patient has osteoarthritis (hip dysplasia, degenerative joint disease, calcifications, common degeneration and inflammation), soft tissue injuries (cruciate injuries, tears, ruptures, inflammation), or needs accelerated healing of fractures. We know a lot about these conditions, and over 95% of these patients get better, with MediVet's Stem Cell Therapy.

We also treat other cases under "compassionate use". We know less about these conditions, but are seeing some exciting results. Some of those conditions are: degenerative myelopathy, feline gingivitis, end-stage renal disease, liver and kidney failure, allergy, auto-immune, inflammatory bowel disease, pulmonary fibrosis, IMHA, atopy, and spine trauma. Please talk to your vet if you have questions about any of these conditions.

09.How long does a treatment last? What happens if my pet starts having trouble again?

We typically see about 1-3 years of relief after the initial treatment. Most pet owners chose to bank cells, so retreatment is easy. MediVet has a banking facility in Kentucky. If symptoms return, your vet merely requests a dose of cells from the bank, and injects them. No surgery is necessary.

10.Are there any animals that you don't treat?

Yes. Because we don't know exactly what happens when cancer patients are treated with stem cells based on human studies, we do not treat those patients.

stem cell banking

Did you know that you can bank stem cells for your pet?

With MediVet’s Bank Now Save Later program you can ensure that your pet receives the most advanced care available when it’s needed.

By banking your pets stem cells today you will be able to take advantage of current treatments and the endless possibilities of stem cell therapy in the future.

We can collect stem cells during spaying/neutering or anytime your pet has a procedure under general anesthesia. Contact us today if you have any questions.

Call today for a FREE consultation to determine if your pet can benefit from this modern medical break through - Adipose Stem Cell Therapy.

We are located in Hawaii Kai 808-395-3647.

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Stem Cell Therapy cases at Surf Paws Animal HospitalYou might also be interested in these cases and patients who have done Adipose Stem Cell Therapy.


Ipo is Dr. Miliaresis' American/Pit Bull Terrier mix. She was diagnosed w/ partial tear cranial cruciate ligament. Ipo's positive recovery proved that stem cell therapy is a viable alternative and option.


Kumba is our most popular case because he received so much press coverage. "Kumba suffered from arthritis so bad he could barely get off the floor. Two months later his owners say Kumba is like a new dog." ... KHON2 News


Steeler suffered from severe osteoarthritis. He was suffering so bad the owners were considering euthansia. Fortunately the owners were open to the posibilities of stem cell therapy. Steeler received 2 sets of injections which greatly improved his mobility and can now walk on his own.


Kalalau suffered from severe osteoarthritis. He was hurting so bad he would often stop on his walks and would not go another step. 4 weeks post stem cell therapy Kalalau takes the lead on his walks.