April 2015 Issue

A Promising Study of Fish Oil Fails to Test Cats Because of Their Size

A promising study about supplementing with deep-sea fish oil illustrates one of the challenges in conducting research on cats and why more research is done on dogs than cats. A study of 77 dogs with osteoarthritis found that, when compared to a placebo, “The fish-oil treated patients improved significantly in many of the variables … indicating a true but small relief in symptoms.” Those dogs had improved in quality of life in locomotion and everyday situations, according to the report published in BMC Veterinary Research in 2012. Supplementation could be considered part of a total pain-relieving approach, especially for dogs who do not tolerate anti-inflammatory drugs, the researchers said.

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