Dr. Kevin McAbee, board-certified veterinarian and owner of Spire Veterinary Surgery in Fort Collins, Colorado, has been using Arthrex Vet Systems products and techniques throughout his career. The owners of a 13-year-old domestic shorthair cat named Chatouille sought out Dr. McAbee after seeing the cat’s bilateral elbow and hip osteoarthritis start to take a toll on his everyday life. They had learned that Dr. McAbee has years of experience treating dogs with similar conditions with Arthrex ACP® therapy, which uses platelets from the body’s own plasma to induce a healing process and reduce inflammation. Read on to find out how Chatouille, one of the few cats to be treated with Arthrex ACP therapy, is doing now.
Q: What were Chatouille’s symptoms?
A: “Chatouille’s owners said he looked like he was in a lot of pain when he walked around the house. He had a limp, struggled to get around and started to get a bad attitude. When they brought him into the exam room, he refused to walk around. The owners actually had to record videos of Chatouille’s gait at home so I could fully understand how much he was struggling to walk.”
Q: How did you treat Chatouille?
A: “I performed one ACP harvest, collecting 8 cc of Chatouille’s blood, and injected 1 cc of the ACP into each elbow and hip. We froze the remaining four cc for possible use later.”
Q: Why was Arthrex ACP therapy the best option for Chatouille?
A: “There are almost no daily medicines for feline arthritis, which is extremely common, especially in the elbow. I believed in my experience using Arthrex ACP therapy with dogs so much that I thought it could be effective for cats as well.”
Q: Have you used Arthrex ACP therapy in cases like this before?
A: “I have been using Arthrex Vet Systems products to treat animals for years, but this was my first case using Arthrex ACP therapy on a cat. There are other veterinarians who have had success treating felines this way, so between that and my previous experience with the product in canines, I felt this was Chatouille’s best option.”
Q: How is Chatouille doing now?
A: “At first check in, a month after Chatouille’s treatment, he was doing much better than he was before Arthrex ACP therapy. He was walking more comfortably, he was more willing to roam around the house again and his owners shared that his attitude was much improved; however, he does still have some lameness and avoids jumping. Three months after the treatment, Chatouille’s owners wrote to tell me that he had started to improve even more than he had immediately after the treatment. This delayed reaction is something I had seen in canine patients as well. Because it was my first time treating a cat with Arthrex ACP, I tried to go into it unbiasedly and without expectations. This case was eye-opening and turned out very positively for this cat. We are planning to treat Chatouille with Arthrex ACP therapy again in the spring (about 8 months after the initial treatment) in hopes that he will continue to improve.”
If you’re a veterinarian interested in using Arthrex ACP therapy, please contact your local Arthrex representative.