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Clinical study proves benefits of joint supplements on canine mobility
Dr Matthew Pead and Dr John Howie at the BSAVA congress.
Dr Matthew Pead and Dr John Howie at the BSAVA congress.

Royal Veterinary College study found "significant" improvements over six week period

The Royal Veterinary College says it has found the first ever clinical proof of the effect of joint supplements on canine mobility.

The college carried out a two and a half year long clinical study.

Monitors originally developed to track wild cat movements in Africa were instead applied to measure the activity of dogs over a six week period.

One set of dogs were given the YUMOVE supplement, and another group a placebo. The group that were given YUMOVE showed statistically significant improvements , the college said.

"This study represents a major step forward in canine mobility”, said Dr Matthew Pead, lead investigator at the RVC.

“It took nine months of careful planning to ensure a robust methodology was developed to provide clear clinical results that veterinary professionals can rely on, and give confidence when recommending joint supplements to dog owners.

"Furthermore, the huge volume of objective activity data will enhance our understanding of the effect of canine osteoarthritis on mobility and activity in the dog’s day to day activities.”

The clinical study was sponsored by Lintbells, the UK based manufacturer of YUMOVE.

“We are very excited by the results of the clinical study” said Lintbells co-founder Dr John Howie.

“From the extensive feedback from owners and vets alike, we already knew the product worked.

"But we wanted to establish independent, rigorous clinical evidence for YUMOVE so that veterinary professionals could recommend the product with confidence, and dog owners knew what to expect from a clinically proven joint supplement in real-life situations.

"There is a great deal of uncertainty and confusion when it comes to joint supplements. This clinical study now provides clarity for clinician and owner alike.

"With an estimated 1.2 million dogs suffering from joint and mobility issues and only approximately 10 to 15 per cent receiving a nutritional supplement, Lintbells believes that providing an affordable, proven product that owners can rely on will uncap the significant market opportunity for veterinary professionals.”


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Reporting service for dead wild birds updated

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 The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has updated its online reporting service for dead wild birds.

The new version allows those reporting a dead bird to drop a pin on a map when reporting the location. It also includes a wider range of wild bird species groups to select from when describing the bird.

The online service, which helps APHA to monitor the spread of diseases such as avian influenza, can be accessed here

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NI chief vet urges bluetongue vigilance

Northern Ireland's chief veterinary officer (CVO) has urged farmers to be vigilant for signs of bluetongue, after the Animal and Plant Health Agency warned there was a very high probability of further cases in Great Britain.

There have been 126 confirmed cases of bluetongue virus serotype 3 in England since November 2023, with no cases reported in Northern Ireland. The movement of live ruminants from Great Britain to Northern Ireland is currently suspended.

According to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), the virus is most likely to enter Northern Ireland through infected animals or germplasm (semen or ova) being imported.

Brian Dooher, Northern Ireland's CVO, said: "Surveillance for this disease within Northern Ireland has been increased to assist with detection at the earliest opportunity which will facilitate more effective control measures."

Farmers should report any suspicions of the disease to their private veterinary practitioner, the DAERA Helpline on 0300 200 7840 or their local DAERA Direct Veterinary Office.