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Clinical Trial: Acupuncture

Evaluation of acupuncture for treatment of pain associated with canine osteoarthritis

Overview of the study

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture on lameness and function in dogs affected by naturally-occurring osteoarthritis (OA). Your dog will be receiving serial evaluations (weekly for three months) and be randomly assigned to three acupuncture treatments during either week four or eight. All treatments/evaluations will be provided free of charge. Your dog will need to be returned to the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital weekly for three months; and on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of weeks four and eight (to receive either sham or acupuncture treatment). After completion of the study your dog is eligible to receive another free treatment series (three treatments) of acupuncture. 

Is there any danger to my dog?

There is little danger associated with the proposed study based on our experience with this treatment at CSU and the available research in dogs and people. Side effects may include light bleeding at the insertion side, broken needles, skin irritation or discomfort during insertion of the acupuncture needles.

Who is eligible?

Any medium-sized to large breed dog with confirmed osteoarthritis and no neurologic disease is eligible to be enrolled.

For more information please contact Felix.Duerr@colostate.edu.