Studies Show Fatty Acids Benefit Arthritic Dogs

Three new studies show that omega-3 fatty acids improve mobility in dogs with arthritis.

Senior dogThe Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association has published a series of studies on the possible benefits of foods with high omega-3 fatty acid concentrations for dogs with osteoarthritis.

Results of the three studies show that the dogs who ate the foods experienced less pain associated with the disease and more mobility, according to contributing author Dr. Kevin Hahn, director of research and chief medical officer at Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc.

“These studies demonstrate that feeding a food containing omega-3 fatty acids to a dog with osteoarthritis significantly improves mobility and quality of life,” he said.

The studies, published in the journal’s Jan. 1 and March 1, 2010, issues, included 274 dogs with osteoarthritis who took part at dozens of privately owned veterinary clinics and two university veterinary clinics.

Researchers focused on the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on clinical signs of osteoarthritis in dogs; the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on weight bearing in dogs with the disease; and the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug dosage in dogs with osteoarthritis.

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