Osteoarthritis occurs in 20% of dogs usually because of a previous injury. This form of osteoarthritis is known as post traumatic osteoarthritis. The current treatment for dog OA is pain management. But long-term use of these methods cause deadly side-effects. Surveys of pet owners show that they are looking for effective treatments for their companions. Indeed, pet owners have shown an increased interest in animal acupuncture to help their pets with the pain and stiffness of OA.
ProteaPex Therapeutics is developing an innovative disease modifying therapeutic technology to treat osteoarthritis in companion animals. Extracellular Matrix Protection Factor (ECPF) is a novel, safe and effective intra-joint injection that reduces the pain and damage caused by osteoarthritis. ECPF-1, our lead molecule, has shown promising results in an animal model of post traumatic osteoarthritis:
Model of Extracellular Matrix Protection Factor (ECPF) in the treatment of osteoarthritis
A veterinarian may conduct a physical exam, take radiographs and perform other diagnostic tests to help determine the cause of your dogís pain. He or she will also check your dogís medical history for previous injuries and consider possible inherited conditions.
Once symptoms of arthritis set in, there is no cure. Itís important for you to work with your veterinarian to create a program to minimize your dogís pain while keeping him healthy. Some general treatment options may include: