Seeking dogs with osteoarthritis for clinical trial

Could your dog possibly have osteoarthritis? Many dogs, especially older dogs, suffer from the painful joint disease osteoarthritis.

Your pet dog maybe able to participate in a free trial run by the Pain Management and Rehabilitation Clinic at the U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital. Eligible dogs receive a free health check, haematology, biochemistry and radiographs valued at $1105*. If your dog is having difficulty jumping or isn't moving around as well, ask your vet to check if your dog is eligible for our free offer.

We are seeking dogs over 6 months of age with clinical signs of osteoarthritis. Pets will need to have physical examination, a blood sample taken and have a radiographic examination. All those tests are usually worth $1105*. If eligible, your pet will then be asked to wear an activity collar (i.e. a FitBit activity tracker) for the duration of the trial which usually lasts around one month. During the one-month trials, pets will need to be taken to U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital on three occasions over a four-week period.

Our study aims to test a new gel formulation of Epiitalis, a plant oil extract which is the active principle from a product called 4-CYTETM. The product is used orally to relieve pain in dogs suffering from osteoarthritis.


To enquire about the trial, please contact us on (03) 9731 2000or email with the subject line 'Osteoarthritis clinical trial participation', your name and phone number.

*Conditions apply

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Dogs must be over 6 months of age with clinical signs of osteoarthritis.
  • Dogs can be male or female, desexed or not.
  • Referring veterinarians will receive all findings from tests. If tests indicate other disease, our referring vet will be informed. We reserve the right to end this offer at any time if information changes or we fill our spaces in the study.

Radiographs, if performed, will only be read for the presence or absence of osteoarthritis and no other abnormalities will be noted even if present, so they should not be considered as a complete radiographic investigation.

Media Coverage

9 News: Osteoarthritis is affecting our beloved dogs

The Melbourne Newsroom: New pain management study for dogs

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