What Research Has Been Conducted on the Impact of Fortetropin® on Muscle Health in Dogs?
• 100 dogs participated in a clinical study at Kansas State University to determine the impact of Fortetropin® on recovery following surgery to repair torn ligaments in their limbs.
• 50 dogs received Fortetropin® on a daily basis for 12 weeks.
• 50 dogs received a placebo on a daily basis for 12 weeks.
• Following surgery, the operated limb needs to be immobilized for several weeks and this typically leads to significant muscle loss.
Eight weeks after surgery, dogs that received Fortetropin® experienced:
Minimal loss in thigh circumference compared to the placebo group which experienced a significant decrease in thigh circumference.
Improved weight-bearing capacity on the operated limb.
Minimal change in myostatin levels while dogs in the placebo group experienced an increase in myostatin levels of ~10%. Myostatin is a protein that “puts the brakes” on the growth and development of muscle tissue.
A new research study that will examine the impact of Fortetropin® on the quality of life and activity levels in geriatric dogs has recently been initiated.