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Alternative and Complementary Treatments for Osteoarthritis

An estimated 20 percent of adult dogs suffer from osteoarthritis. Many drug therapies are available, but some dogs do not respond to these medications or cannot tolerate them. As a result, alternative and complementary treatments are increasingly recommended, although there is little or no evidence that they work in dogs. This research will evaluate complementary and alternative treatments for chronic osteoarthritis in dogs, including transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, low-level laser therapy and acupuncture. This study will provide scientific proof as to whether these treatments are effective and should be used in dogs.