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Beta glucans to fight osteoarthritis in dogs

In a recent study it has been demonstrated that MacroGard (purified beta-1,3/1,6 glucans) can be a nutritional tool to fight osteoarthritis in dogs.

This has been presented during the last ZDS Petfood update in Solingen, Germany. During this symposium Dr Anton Beynen discussed "Dietary components in the treatment of canine osteoarthritis"

Osteoarthritis is a frequently occurring disorder in dogs. It occurs in more than 90% of dogs older than five years, in various degrees of severity. In this lecture Dr. Beynen discussed the effects of several nutritional treatments and amongst others the results of a recent double blind, placebo controlled trial on the effects of purified beta-1,3/1,6 glucans (MacroGard) on joint problems in dogs.

It was concluded that MacroGard improves the clinical signs of dogs with osteoarthritis and reduces the negative effects like stifness and pain.

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