Illinois researchers seek dogs for arthritis study

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

URBANA, Ill. Researchers at the University of Illinois are looking for dozens of arthritic dogs for a study examining whether a dietary supplement already used to treat humans can also help their canine cousins.

Kim Knap is a canine rehabilitation practitioner at the university's College of Veterinary Medicine.

She says the college is "on the front edge" of testing the drug on animals. The name of the supplement is not being disclosed because of a confidentiality agreement.

But Knap tells The (Champaign) News-Gazette it's used extensively to treat human patients.

University researchers want to try it on 60 dogs. They can be any age and any breed but must be between 25 and 110 pounds.

Other therapies the college uses for arthritic dogs include water treadmill workouts and laser treatment.

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