LSU vet researchers looking for dogs to take part in clinical trial

LSU vet researchers looking for dogs to take part in clinical trial

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Researchers at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine are hoping to find some dogs for a clinical trial concerning osteoarthritis treatments.

The researchers were given $235,000 in grant money to study dogs with elbow osteoarthritis as part of a multi-center clinical trial to look into treatments. The study is called "Safety and Efficacy of 117m Sn Colloid for Treatment of Canine Osteoarthritis."

Dr. Karanvir Aulakh, assistant professor in Veterinary Clinical Sciences (VCS), will be be the main researcher on the grant and work on the study along with Dr. Lorrie Gaschen, associate dean for Diversity and Faculty Affairs and professor in VCS; Dr. Mandi Lopez, professor in VCS; and Dr. Frank Andrews, professor in VCS.

According to the LSU vet school, osteoarthritis is a common disease that causes chronic pain and ambulatory difficulty in humans, dogs and other animals. They say that commonly-used nonsteroidal and steroid pharmacologic agents can reduce osteoarthritis pain. However, extended use may damage other organs such as the liver and kidneys without retarding progression of the disease.

Researchers will look into a new type of treatment that would be focused on the joint, which would prevent injury to other organs in the body.

The following are some of the requirements for dogs entering the study:

  • Dogs must be at least 1 year of age
  • Dogs must weigh at least 30lbs
  • Dogs must not have any comorbid condition likely to preclude a one year survival after treatment
  • Dogs must have documentable lameness locatable to one or both elbows
    • Swollen elbow with evidence of lameness and pain on manipulation; or
    • Radiographic evidence of grade one or two arthritis in the elbow. None in shoulder or carpus; or
      • Positive response to regional or intra-articular block of elbow

The grant period, which began in March 2016, will last for two years. It is funded by Convetra, Inc., a subsidiary of R-NAV, LLC.

Click here to see the complete list of requirements for dogs to participate in the study, and email Whitney Soma at to find out more about the study and to see about getting your dog screen to see if they would be a good fit for the trial.

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