Canine Arthritis: Omega-3 DHA Study

We have now completed recruitment for this project. Data from the study will be analysed and written up for publication once data collection is completed later in the year. Thank you to all participants!

In partnership with Dogs Trust we are investigating the effects of an omega-3 oil supplement on the management of osteoarthritis (OA) associated pain in dogs. 

This project is being generously funded by the Dogs Trust.  

Project Outline

Our study is designed to compare the effects of treating a group of dogs with omega-3 docosahexanoic acid (DHA) to the effects of a placebo treated group. The aim is to investigate whether DHA reduces pain and improves quality of life in dogs with osteoarthritis. This is a four month study where participants will be asked to attend appointments at the University of Bristol, Langford on five occasions. Please use the ‘Get involved' tab to find out more.

What is involved?

Your dog will be randomly allocated to either the treatment or placebo group and you will be given capsules to administer to your dog daily throughout the study period. You will be asked to complete several questionnaires at each appointment which will assess your dog’s pain, stiffness and quality of life. Your dog’s bodyweight distribution will also be measured at each appointment using a pressure sensitive plate.

The study has been approved by the University of Bristol Human and Animal Ethical Review Groups. You will receive a £30 John Lewis voucher on completion of the study as a thank you.

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