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Dogs With Arthritis Needed – Clinical Trial/Cognitive Study

Does your dog love new games and mental challenges? Would they like to be a part of cutting-edge research? Join the canine braniac squad and receive free comprehensive exams (physical, neurologic, and orthopedic), free comprehensive bloodwork (CBC/Chem), and 3 doses of Librela

Study Description

The Comparative Behavioral Research Lab at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine is recruiting arthritic dogs for a longitudinal study. The purpose of our study is to comprehensively compare healthy and arthritic dogs, with a focus on cognitive function, and emotion. Through physical, neurological, and orthopedic examinations, along with owner questionnaires, dogs in the arthritic population will be screened and identified as having arthritis related pain. After screening, specific cognitive tasks will be employed to assess attention, memory, processing speed, inhibition, and cognitive flexibility. Additionally, your dog’s affect will be evaluated through cognitive tasks and an owner questionnaire. Once enrolled, your dog will receive periodic Librela injections to treat their arthritis pain. This study seeks to enhance our understanding of the impact of arthritis on canine health and well-being, ultimately contributing to improved diagnostics and interventions for this prevalent condition.


  • Must have diagnosed or suspected arthritis
  • Must weigh over 15kg/33lb
  • Must be ≥ 1 year old
  • Must be food motivated

How to Enroll

To enroll your dog and confirm eligibility, please proceed to the sign up page.

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Principal Investigators

Dr. Zoe Loh

Dr. Duncan Lascelles

Dr. Margaret Gruen