Our veterinary clinic at North Coast Vet Specialist & Referral Centre is committed to research to advance our knowledge and understanding of disease processes. Our specialist team has begun a new study into managing osteoarthritis in dogs through the use of a Vitamin E supplement.
What is the aim of the study?
Our most recent study at the NCVS veterinary clinic focuses on canine osteoarthritis. Vitamin E, a well-known natural anti-inflammatory and free radical scavenger, have been shown to help humans manage the pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. We want to see if it may help dogs as well. We are hoping to prove that we can increase the quality of life and comfort of dogs suffering from Osteoarthritis through Vitamin E.
How will our veterinary clinic conduct the study?
We are currently in the process of recruiting 60 dogs with hip or elbow osteoarthritis to be a part of our clinical trial. Half of the patients will receive a vitamin E supplement, and half will receive a placebo. In collaboration with universities and clinicians both here and overseas, we will be assessing all aspects of dogs general and joint health – complete blood counts, biochemistry analysis, C-reactive protein levels, radiographic changes, kinematics, urinalysis and full clinical and lameness assessments.
How can you help?
If your veterinary clinic has any patients you think may be suitable to join the study, please reach out by email or phone. We always welcome input from other local veterinarians – if you or your veterinary clinic have any questions or comments regarding this research or our plans for future research, please feel free to get in touch.