Denny vet one of first in world to trial new arthritis treatment for dogs

Apex Vets in Denny is set to be one of the first in the world to roll out a brand new treatment for arthritis in dogs, later this month.

By Allan Crow
Friday, 19th February 2021, 12:30 pm
Douglas Paterson, Apex Vets
Douglas Paterson, Apex Vets

It is taking part in the early roll out of a new class of therapy for arthritis in dogs - one never used before in animals or humans.

The new biological therapy involves the synthesis of antibody molecules against “Nerve Growth Factor” which has been found to be a key player in pain associated with arthritis, and is a target for both human and veterinary medicine.

Arthritis is a very common disease in dogs, and the associated chronic pain negatively affects an animal’s emotional and physical health.

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It can even affect the precious human-animal bond that a dog has with its owner.

Don, director at Apex Vets, said: “This new biological therapy is hugely exciting because it gives us a brand new tool in the box to treat this chronic, debilitating disease.

“We are proud to be one of the first clinics in the world to be rolling out this revolutionary therapy to patients.”

Traditional pharmaceutical therapies are well established, but there has been a gap of some 20 years since the last significant treatment breakthrough.

Whilst pharmaceutical therapies – which rely on the kidneys and liver to process the drugs in the body – have proven highly effective, many patients cannot receive them. Others may experience side effects with medication including vomiting and diarrhoea.

The treatments are due to roll out at the end of February.

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