Bringing Stem Cell Therapy to Dogs
A pet health company called Gallant specializes in the collection and storage of dogs’ stem cells. The recently launched venture got its start on the show Shark Tank, where it accepted an offer.
The company’s CEO, Aaron Hirschhorn, isn’t a newcomer to the pet space. He founded and sold DogVacay, a pet sitting service that eventually merged with Rover. Hirschhorn said he wants to keep pets happier and healthier with the use of stem cells, a procedure that he personally benefited from.
“I struggled with debilitating chronic back pain for more than a decade, leaving me incapable of doing activities I loved, until regenerative medicine successfully cured my condition,” said Hirschhorn. “At the same time, I watched my dog Rocky suffer from arthritis so painful that she couldn’t walk. I knew there had to be a better way to treat and heal our pets.”
The stem cells are collected through a patent-pending process during a dog’s spay or neuter procedure. Pet parents can order one of Gallant’s collection kits to be shipped to their vet. The procedure fee costs $395 and the stem cells can be stored by Gallant for a lifetime fee of $595 or a yearly payment of $95. Gallant also has a division working on more medical therapies in which these stem cells can be used.
There are some stem cell treatments that are already approved for pets with conditions like arthritis, but these procedures can be expensive. Gallant’s launch reflects the ever-growing trend of the humanization of pets. As owners continue to value their animals more and more, the likelihood that they’ll spend money on their health only increases.