Comparison of meloxicam and a glucosamine-chondroitin supplement in management of feline osteoarthritis

Sullivan, R.U., Chase, D., Parkin, T. and Bennett, D. (2014) Comparison of meloxicam and a glucosamine-chondroitin supplement in management of feline osteoarthritis. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology, 27(1), pp. 20-26. (doi:10.3415/VCOT-12-11-0139)

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Abstract

Objective: To compare the efficacy of meloxicam and a glucosamine-chondroitin (Glu-Ch) supplement in the management of feline osteoarthritis (OA). Methods: Prospective, blinded, randomized clinical trial. Cats over eight years of age with clinical signs of chronic OA were assigned to one of two groups and Glu-Ch or meloxicam was administered orally for 70 days, followed by a placebo until day 98. Cats were assessed by a veterinarian on five occasions and the owner completed an assessment form at the same time. Results: Data were collected from thirty cats. Pre-treatment disease scores were significantly higher in the meloxicam group for owner mobility (p = 0.01) and veterinary lameness (p = 0.02). Owner mobility scores at day 14 (p = 0.01) and day 42 (p = 0.002) were significantly improved compared to pre-treatment scores for the meloxicam group. When meloxicam and Glu-Ch were discontinued and the placebo commenced, a significant proportion of the meloxicam group showed worsening of all the owner-assessed scores between day 70 and day 98, when compared to the Glu-Ch group (mobility p = 0.01; activity p = 0.02; temperament p = 0.04; lifestyle p = 0.01). Conclusions: Treatment with meloxicam resulted in a significant improvement in mobility and activity levels of cats with OA until the placebo was introduced. A greater proportion of cats receiving meloxicam medication showed a significant worsening of owner assessment scores once the placed was introduced, when compared to the Glu-Ch group.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Parkin, Professor Timothy and Bennett, Professor David and Sullivan, Mrs Roz
Authors: Sullivan, R.U., Chase, D., Parkin, T., and Bennett, D.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology
ISSN:0932-0814

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