The world’s first canine arthritis treatment is launched, and veterinarians call it “breakthrough”.
The new biological therapy involves the synthesis of antibody molecules to relieve pain caused by arthritis.
The antibodies were made in the United States by Zoeitus, the world’s largest animal health company. Scotland’s dogs will be the first country to benefit. Eight veterinary clinics across the country distribute the treatments.
Apex Vets near Falkirk is one of those clinics, and 13-year-old cocker spaniel Chloe was recently brought in for treatment by her owner, Anne McMenemy.
The pooch suffered from dysplasia in the hind legs and front elbow for nearly ten years, which later developed into arthritis. Unfortunately, the drugs available caused liver damage.
McMenemy said, “With this treatment … it’s going to be a godsend not only for Chloe but for other dogs living with arthritis as well. She can’t walk much with her arthritis, if she can walk 10 minutes instead of five it would be good progress. “
Chloe is treated once a month, and Doug Paterson, co-director of Apex Vets, says the new treatment feels like “the next big leap in science.”
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“You will not suffer from kidney disease or stomach ulcers, which can be side effects from arthritis drugs,” he said. “As dogs get older, we need to be careful about giving them anti-inflammatory drugs. With these antibodies, you don’t have these problems. “
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