The Purina Canine Sports Medicine Symposium, held September 30 to October 1 at Purina Farms in Gray Summit, Missouri, brought together 30 canine sports medicine and rehabilitation specialists from across the country to share ideas, present the latest research, and brainstorm innovative ways to work together.
The group also shared ideas with Purina veterinarian and research scientists, and took part in panel discussions with competitors of the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge National Finals and AKC Master National Retriever event, which coincided with the symposium. They offered competitors tips on nutrition, training and conditioning, and rehabbing from injuries.
"Purina has been a proud partner of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation since its inception,” said event coordinator RuthAnn Lobos, DVM and Purina senior veterinary communications manager, in a press release. “It's exciting to witness new relationships being formed as a result of the symposium, with great discussions and provocative questions being asked and a laser focus on increasing the level of care of canine athletes and active pet dogs."
Sharing findings of a randomized, prospective clinical trial of 48 dogs, Wendy Baltzer, DVM, PhD, associate professor of small animal surgery and director of canine sports medicine and rehabilitation at Oregon State University in Corvallis, reported that feeding Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets JM Joint Mobility Canine Formula in conjunction with rehabilitation had a positive effect on dogs recovering after surgery for cranial cruciate ligament injury.
"We found that the combination of this diet and rehabilitation helped to improve the force dogs exerted on the affected limb, compared to dogs in other study groups," said Balzer in a press release. "JM is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and protein."
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