Good news for old dogs who still want to play but struggle with physical activity because of arthritis. The University of Montreal's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has recently developed a new formula for the treatment of arthritis in elderly dogs. Not only is it all natural, but it works.
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The medicinal blend includes camomile, willow bark, omega-3s, and a variety of other plant-based remedies intended to ease the inflammation in the dogs' joints.
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"While acupuncture and electrical stimulation are two approaches that have been shown to have positive effects on dogs, until now a few studies have investigated a plant-based approach to therapy," explained the professor who headed the study.
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Of the arthritic dogs who participated in the study, half were given the new formula and the other half were given a placebo. The professors then tracked the dogs' movement to see which group moved more. More movements equals less inflammation.
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They are happy to report that the dogs receiving the placebo were "progressively less active" than the dogs administered the new formula, suggesting that the new formula did reduce inflammation. There's no word yet when the formula will be available on the market, but we're hoping for sooner rather than later. That way old dogs will prove they can still learn new tricks!
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