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
DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil and in higher levels in algae. Fish oil supplementation can have a beneficial effect on some aspects of OA in dogs but more recent research has shown that DHA may have specific anti-inflammatory effects when given in higher quantities than are present in fish oil. There are no known side effects associated with the administration of DHA.
Why should me and my dog take part?
Your dog will benefit from a detailed clinical assessment by an experienced veterinary surgeon which will include a physical and orthopaedic examination and weight bearing assessment. On completion of your dog’s part in the study we will able to advise which treatment your dog received.
How can my dog help with this project?
By taking part your dog can help us understand the mechanism of this specific omega-3 and its role in alleviating pain associated with osteoarthritis. This is the first study to specifically investigate whether supplementation with DHA directly provides pain relief and improves quality of life in dogs with OA. The knowledge we gain from this in turn will make a contribution towards improving potential treatments available for OA and improve the lifelong welfare of the many dogs worldwide affected by osteoarthritis.
Is my dog eligible?
We are recruiting dogs of any age or breed weighing over 12kg with osteoarthritis of the hind limbs. Dogs should not be receiving regular medication. Please get in touch to see if your dog is suitable to participate.