Dogs with elbow arthritis can earn $1000
If your dog has elbow arthritis you may be able to participate in a vet research program and earn
Credit: By Charlie Powell, College of Veterinary Medicine
PULLMAN, Wash.— Veterinary orthopedic researchers at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine are conducting a study administering a readily available nutraceutical supplement to dogs with previously diagnosed chronic elbow arthritis.
The Comparative Orthopedic Research Laboratory (CORL) will provide up to $1,000 to each owner for volunteering their dogs for a 24-week study that includes monthly examinations at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the CORL . Payments will be made at the end of the study.
The non-prescription nutrient supplement under investigation contains MSM, glucosamine HCL, antioxidants, and phycocyanin; an extract of blue-green algae.
Similar supplements are commonly purchased and consumed by human patients suffering with chronic osteoarthritis also known as “long-term arthritis”.
The nutrient combination in the research formulation acts as a COX-2 inhibitor; similar to over the counter and prescription-based non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, carprofen, etc. are used safely in many animals and people. COX-2 is an enzyme responsible for inflammation and pain in arthritis. Other Cox-2 inhibitors are used to treat chronic osteoarthritis in dogs and other animals including people.
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