New Plant-Based Gel For Animals Stops Bleeding In Seconds
If you suffered a serious injury, how much blood do you think you would lose over the course of say, two-three minutes? Lots, right? Now what if it was your pet that was injured and bleeding? Chances are he wouldn’t survive two-three minutes of sustained blood loss and that’s why the launch of a plant-based gel called VETIGEL is generating such a buzz.
Developed by Brooklyn-based biotech company Suneris, VETIGEL is a fast-acting plant-based gel that stops severe bleeding by achieving in seconds, what the current treatments take two to three minutes to accomplish. Called “the Band-Aid of the future,” it was invented by 22-year-old Suneris CEO and co-founder Joe Landolina during his freshman year at NYU and heralds a new era of veterinary medicine.
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“What VETIGEL delivers in terms of time savings and convenience makes a huge – perhaps even life-or-death – difference for veterinarians and pets in the fight against blood loss,” says Landolina. “We believe VETIGEL will change the way veterinarians achieve hemostasis.”
This revolutionary product launches in both U.S. and U.K. veterinary markets in late summer 2015 and is expected to dramatically enhance the ability of vets to save the lives of our pets. It can be used during biopsies, dental extractions and other emergency and critical care procedures. Human use isn’t far behind as Suneris is pursuing FDA approval and hopes to see VETIGEL in place in military, emergency and surgical uses. Hey, I’d love to have a tube in my own medicine cabinet!
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So, how does it work? The makers of this product that once VETIGEL makes contact on the patient, it’s able to take on the same properties as the damaged tissue, solidifying and ultimately stemming the blood flow within a mere 12 seconds of application. The resultant clot formed by VETIGEL is strong enough to withstand the removal of excess gel, and because it’s completely safe and biocompatible, whatever remains within the wound can be easily absorbed by the body.
You can expect to see it out on the market later this summer, so ask your vet if they’ll be carrying it! We’ve posted a video below – just to warn you, there is blood involved, but it’s being pumped through a cut of meat (chicken or pork… we can’t tell, but it looks ready for the barbeque!).
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