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Dietary Therapy for Feline Arthritis

Lascelles BDX, DePuy V, Thomson A et al: Evaluation of a therapeutic diet for feline degenerative joint disease, J Vet Intern Med 24:487, 2010.

Cats with degenerative joint disease (DJD) or arthritis commonly have radiographic evidence of its presence. DJD is often associated with pain and pain can result in decreased mobility. This study set out to test a diet high in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) content and supplemented with green-lipped mussel extract and glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate for its pain-relieving and activity-enhancing effects in cats with painful, mobility-impairing DJD. Forty client-owned cats were enrolled in a randomized, blinded, prospective study. Outcome measures were subjective owner and veterinarian assessments, and objective activity monitoring (accelerometry). Results showed that activity significantly increased in the cats fed the test diet over a control diet. Evidence is also accumulating that diets high in DHA and EPA might be beneficial in preventing obesity and promoting weight loss by creating an appropriate physiological environment. [VT]

Related articles:
Lascelles BD, Robertson SA: DJD-associated pain in cats: what can we do to promote patient comfort?, J Feline Med Surg 12:200, 2010.