Conference Program 2020


Joint Supplements Update: Where's the Evidence?

14 May 2020
Clinical Theater 1

Joint supplements are primarily used in dogs as part of a multimodal plan for the treatment of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis not only leads to chronic pain and inflammation, but there is also degradation of articular cartilage. Treatment for osteoarthritis (OA) is aimed at decreasing pain and inflammation, slowing cartilage loss and promoting cartilage repair if possible. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are the mainstay of treatment for OA and are very effective in reducing inflammation and associated pain, however they do not have any structure modifying properties. There are a variety of compounds used as joint supplements. Some are touted as being pro-anabolic, some anti-catabolic and some even anti-inflammatory. Reports on the benefits of joint supplements are often conflicting and there is little information on potential adverse effects. This talk will focus on the latest updates on joint supplements – what is the evidence and how to evaluate and use this information.

  • •Understand what a joint supplement is and what compounds fall into this category
  • •Describe how the three main classes of joint supplements work - pro-anabolic, anti-catabolic, anti-inflammatory
  • •Know which supplements have been shown to be of benefit and how to use them safely
Tisha Harper, DVM, MS, DipACVS-SA, DACVSMR, CCRP, Clinical Associate Professor - University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine

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