K9 joints join in trial
Extract to be tested
Porirua pooches could soon prance pain-free by trialling a new Wellington-made arthritis treatment.
Paremata’s Rappaw vet clinic is seeking 60 dogs to test dietary supplement arthRem, a plant extract pill which has seen huge success in human arthritis sufferers.
Dogs in the trial will have their activity monitored through a collar sensor for two weeks before starting treatment, and will then receive a three-month course of pills. Half the dogs will receive a placebo, but will receive a full course after the trial finishes.
arthRem pills are made from the plant artemisia, which is used throughout the world to alleviate ills from malaria to breast cancer, says Amanda Clark, general manager of Upper Hutt company Benefit Arthritis, which makes the treatment.
About 15 per cent of the human population suffers from arthritis, but too often people resign themselves to living with the pain, Ms Clark says.
‘‘Arthritis is something that’s so debilitating and it’s taken for granted. It doesn’t kill you so it’s more of a management thing and there’s no sense that it could be cured.’’
Arthritis rates are much higher for dogs – half of all dogs over eight years have some degree of arthritis, Ms Clark says. ‘‘ We’re hoping [arthRem] will make a huge difference to people and animals.’’
Ms Clark and business manager Garrick Wells discovered artemisia’s effect on arthritis in Papua New Guinea in 2010 when trialling a malaria treatment. Trial subjects found their joint pain disappeared, Ms Clark says.
Mr Wells has built a career from plant extraction – his daughters launched the Trilogy skincare company with a rose hip extract he produced.
Benefit Arthritis’ artemisia extract has fewer side effects than similar products because 98 per cent of plant matter is retained in the pill, giving the active ingredients a familiar context to work in, Ms Clark says.
To register for the ArthRem trial contact 0800 995 034 or email@example.com. ArthRem is available from Whitby and Porirua Metro Pharmacies.
Doggie trial: Porirua dog owners can test a new arthritis treatment in a trial run by Benefit Arthritis general manager Amanda Clark and Paremata vet Ian Schraa.