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Thursday, May 26 • 14:00 - 14:30
Nutraceutical therapies for osteoarthritis

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“Nutraceuticals” (nutrients or food-based derivatives administered above the individual’s daily requirement for the purpose of disease treatment or prevention) and other naturally-derived “complementary animal health products” are widely administered to Australian pets with osteoarthritis. Some pet owners who wish to avoid the use or over-use of medications may elect to administer nutraceuticals or complementary products in preference to registered veterinary pharmaceutical products and in more severe cases of joint pain this practice might be considered an animal welfare issue for veterinarians. The array of products marketed for joint health in dogs and cats is vast and providing informed advice to clients can be daunting. However multiple clinical trials have been performed and published in the peer-reviewed veterinary literature evaluating nutraceutical and other dietary supplements for canine and feline osteoarthritis, although the quality of these studies and their conclusions can be variable. In this session the evidence for and against the commonly-used nutraceuticals and complementary products will be reviewed and guidelines for their ethical use discussed


Dr David Davies

David Davies graduated from Murdoch University with first class honours in 1992 then worked in general practice for several years. David returned to Murdoch in 2000 to complete his Residency in Small Animal Medicine, including stints at Massey University and the Royal Veterinary College... Read More →

Thursday May 26, 2016 14:00 - 14:30 ACST
Hall L Adelaide Convention Centre