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The goal of CSU’s Small Animal Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation clinical​ trials program is two-fold:

  • To improve the quality of life and musculoskeletal health of individual animals by offering clinical studies of treatments suspected to be beneficial to your pet

  • To provide translational information that advances treatment options for people with arthritis

Ongoing Research

Arthritis 

Is your pet suffering from arthritis and you live in the Fort Collins area? We currently have ongoing clinical trials evaluating acupuncture and stem-cell therapy treatments to alleviate pain symptoms associated with osteoarthritis of the elbow, shoulder, stifle or hip joints. The acupuncture study will randomly assign dogs with arthritis to undergo two treatment periods over 4 weeks. Participants will receive either no treatment (placebo) or acupuncture. The study spans over 3 months and involves approximately 11 visits to the VTH. Following completion of this study, ​owners may elect to enroll their dog in our stem cell study, which provides the stem-cell therapy free of charge. This study requires sedation (for joint injections), approximately 10 visits and spans over 1 year. The stem cells we are using are from healthy, adult dogs (=allogeneic cells) which allows us to not require a procedure to procure the cells from your own dog.

 

 Contact Us

 

To make an appointment:

Email: CanineRehab@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 297-5000                     

 

 

 

  
 

 Help Support Clinical Trials

 

​Funding options for clinical trial research are limited. We rely on your support to keep our programs operational. To support our programs and areas of studies, please contact us.

Dr. Felix Duerr
Felix.Duerr@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 297-4140

Aaron Phaneuf
Director of Development
Aaron.Phaneuf@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-2969

To enroll in our arthritis studies, please take the arthritis enrollment survey.​

A detailed outline of the acupuncture study including the required visits can be found here.

A detailed outline of the stem cells study including the required visits can be found here.

Pet Associated Workout Study (PAWS)

The purpose of the PAWS study is to evaluate the effectiveness of using a prescription physical activity program to improve health outcomes. We will be using canine activity monitors to collect information on dogs' activity levels, and measuring health outcomes and enjoyment of the exercise program.

To enroll in our PAWS study, please take the excercise enrollment survey.

Muscle Mass Recovery After Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) in Dogs

The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether an oral supplement can accelerate muscle mass recovery after TPLO. Your dog will receive a supplement to his or her current diet that may be a placebo or treatment (supplement that contains special proteins that are designed to accelerate muscle mass recovery) provided in the form of kibbles. The supplement has to be given daily for the first 8 weeks after the surgery. We are utilizing ultrasound (i.e. a non-invasive procedure) to evaluate changes in muscle mass (i.e. muscle mass recovery) in dogs after surgery. Objective gait analysis will be utilized to provide an objective outcome measure of improvement in weight bearing/lameness. We are recruiting dogs that are undergoing a TPLO-procedure and offering a incentives (free X-rays, $850 after study completion) in exchange for participation in this study. The study involves your dog undergoing additional diagnostic tests including blood draws, gait analysis and ultrasound measurements of the limb before surgery and 2, 4 and 6 weeks after surgery. The procedure (TPLO) itself will not be affected by participation in this study.

To enroll in this study, please take the TPLO enrollment survey.

A detailed outline of this study including the required visits can be found here.

Evaluation of Stifle Orthoses and Rehabilitation for Cranial Cruciate Insufficiency in Dogs 

The purpose of this study is to objectively evaluate the success of non-surgical management in dogs suffering from cranial cruciate ligament rupture treated with a stifle orthosis with rehabilitation or rehabilitation on its own. The study will assign dogs with one-sided, cranial cruciate ligament rupture (CCLR) into two treatment groups based on owner preference. 

  1. Non-surgical management with weekly rehabilitation treatments and Orthopets stifle orthosis
  2. Non-surgical management with weekly rehabilitation treatments without stifle orthosis 

Based on current literature, both treatment groups are expected to benefit the patient. Efficacy of the treatment will be evaluated by owner questionnaires, objective gait analysis, activity counts and veterinary assessment. The study spans over 1 year and involves approximately 15 visits to the VTH.

To enroll in this study, please complete the Stifle Brace enrollment survey.

A detailed outline of the study including the required visits can be found here.

Evaluation of Non-surgical Treatment Options for Type 2C Achilles Tendinopathy

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of non-surgical management of chronic Achilles tendon rupture in dogs. The study will objectively evaluate the outcome of non-surgical treatment via tarsal orthosis, rehabilitation and pain management of Achilles tendinopathy in dogs. Efficacy of the treatment will be evaluated by owner questionnaires, objective gait analysis, ultrasound, x-rays, activity counts and veterinary assessment. The study spans over one year and involves approximately 10 visits to the VTH.

To enroll in this study, please complete the Achilles Brace enro​llment survey.

A detailed outline of the study including the required visits can be found here.

Upload X-rays and Medical Records Here

If you would like to asked to upload x-rays, please click here to be redirected to a survey site that allows for the file upload. NOTE: Please fill out one of the enrollment surveys before uploading files.

Completed Research

To see an overview of the research our team has completed, please visit our research webpage.