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Osteoarthritis (OA) Information and
Educational Resources

Canine elbow OA is an extremely common and debilitating disorder.

• Analgesics are often needed as early as 2 years of age1
• Fewer than 50% of all treated dogs have satisfactory long-term recovery1

Elbow dysplasia is commonly diagnosed in the most popular breeds, such as Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers,
German Shepherds and Rottweilers. Elbow dysplasia can lead to OA even in young, active dogs.1,2

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Inflammatory Cycle Informational Overview

This one-page educational piece visualizes the various steps that drive the ongoing cycle of inflammation that causes progressive joint damage, as...

Assessment of Canine Elbow Joint for Osteoarthritis and Treatment with Synovetin OA

Authored by Steven M. Fox, MS, DVM, MBA, PhD, this booklet includes the key steps necessary for identifying and performing an elbow OA examination,...

Tin-117m Spec Sheet

This one-page informational piece provides an overview of Tin-117m, the unique conversion electron radioisotope in the Synovetin OA® veterinary...

Elbow OA Awareness and Incidence Program

This program is designed to provide ongoing reporting about the number of cases of elbow OA seen on a weekly basis and the prescribed next steps....

Canine Elbow OA Facts

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Synovitis drives the onset and progression of canine OA

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1. Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. Examining elbow dysplasia. Available at: Accessed March 15, 2021.
2. American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Canine Elbow Dysplasia. Available at: Accessed March 15, 2021.
3. American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Osteoarthritis in dogs. Available at: Accessed July 22, 2021.
4. Benito MJ, Veale DJ, FitzGerald O, et al. Synovial tissue inflammation in early and late osteoarthritis. Ann Rheum Dis. 2005;64:1263-1267. doi: 10.1136/ard.2004.025270
5. Bondeson J, Blom AB, Wainwright S, et al. The role of synovial macrophages and macrophage-produced mediators in driving inflammatory and destructive responses in osteoarthritis. Arthritis & Rheumatism. 2010;62(3):647-657. Doi:10.1002/art.27290
6. Blom AB, van Lent PL, Libregts S, et al. Crucial role of macrophages in matrix metalloproteinase–mediated cartilage destruction during experimental osteoarthritis. Arthritis & Rheumatism. 2007;56(1):147-157. doi: 10.1002/art.22337
7. Goldring MB, Goldring SR. Osteoarthritis. J. Cell. Physiol. 2007;213:626–634. doi: 10.1002/jcp.21258.
8. Sellam J, Berenbaum F. The role of synovitis in pathophysiology and clinical symptoms of osteoarthritis. Nat Rev Rheumatol. 2010;6:625-635. doi:10.1038/nrrheum.2010.159
9. Bleedorn JA, Greuel EN, Manley PA, et al. Synovitis in dogs with stable stifle joints and incipient cranial cruciate ligament rupture: a cross-sectional study. Vet Surg. 2011;40:531-543. DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2011.00841.x
10. Klocke NW, Snyder PW, Widmer WR, et al. Detection of synovial macrophages in the joint capsule of dogs with naturally occurring rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament. Am J Vet Res. 2005;66:493-499.
11. Doom M, de Bruin T, de Rooster H, et al. Immunopathological mechanisms in dogs with rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament. Vet Immunol Immunopathol. 2008;125:143-161. DOI:10.1016/j.vetimm.2008.05.023.