Arthritic Dogs – Studies Show Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Canine Arthritis

Does your dog have arthritis?  The Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) 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 three studies show that dogs that ate the food 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 acides to a dog with osteoarthritis significantly improves mobility and quality of life,” he said.

The studies, published in the January 1, 2010 and March 1, 2010 JAVMA issues, include 274 dogs with osteoarthritis that took part at dozens of privately owned veterinary clinics and two university veterinary clinics.

Researchers focused on:

  1. the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on clinical signs of osteoarthritis in dogs;
  2. the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on weight bearing in dogs with the disease;
  3. and the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) dosage in dogs with osteoarthritis.