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Old 12-01-2008, 03:45 AM   #1
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CSU researching use of herbs for k9 pain

Heal, boy: CSU testing if herbs ease dogs' pain

By Mark Jaffe
The Denver Post
Updated: 11/30/2008 12:01:09 AM MST

FORT COLLINS — Edward, a 4-year-old retriever, has had a bad hip since he was 6 months old.
In search of some relief, Edward's owner, Krystal Reagan, enrolled the retriever in a clinical trial at Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biosciences.
So, Edward has spent the past five weeks helping to answer the question: Can juniper, goldenrod, dandelion, meadow sweet, willow bark and cranberry heal an aching canine?
"Research has indicated that herbal supplements may be beneficial to humans, but that really doesn't tell us anything about dogs," said Narda Robinson, the leader of the research team.
Still, the marketing of herbal supplements for pets is exploding. "There are a lot of people making money without any proof these products work," Robinson said.
Not only may the products not work, she said, there is a risk they could cause gastric ulcers, kidney and liver damage, and diarrhea.
"Work like CSU's is necessary," said Susan Wynn, a veterinarian and nutritionist with Georgia Veterinary Specialists and an expert in alternative treatments.
"We need to know what works, why and at what dosages," she said.
The use of other "complementary" treatments, such as acupuncture, chiro practics and swimming, also is on the rise.
"Does swimming help a dog? We don't know. We are trying to put some numbers to these things," said CSU orthopedics researcher Kevin Haussler.
The herbal combination being tested is marketed by RZN Nutriceuticals Inc., which is paying for the $72,000 study.
"We have complete scientific independence, and whatever the findings, we are going to publish them," Robinson said.
That's fine with RZN, company executives say.
"Clinical trials on actual products have been lacking. That's why you get claims that can't be backed up," said Mark Lubin, RZN's chief executive.







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Old 12-01-2008, 08:26 PM   #2
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I think that's great that someone is studying that. There are a lot of herbal supplements that are crap, so it's good to know what works and what is just a product someone is trying to make $ with
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Old 12-01-2008, 11:58 PM   #3
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Well I hope whatever they find is thoroughly researched, and I hope that it isn't money motivated because then there could be problems later on because something was overlooked.

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Old 12-02-2008, 03:34 AM   #4
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I use Chinese herbs from the acupuncturist for myself and my dogs. I also know that many equine vets have developed supplements for horses that they have adapted for people and dogs. But remember the FDA does not regulate supplements.
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