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Clinical Trial Pain Management in Dogs

NorthStar VETS Joins Clinical Trial to Study New Pain Management Therapy in Dogs

(Robbinsville, NJ, January 14, 2019) – NorthStar VETS is participating in a new clinical trial seeking to improve pain control in dogs. Raphael Vezina-Audette, DVM, MSc, of the anesthesia team, said, "This study is important in advancing the quality of life of dogs who suffer from pain. Our hope is to find relief for these pets with this new therapy." Learn more about this and other clinical trials at

This study is designed to evaluate the tolerability, safety and effectiveness of a new therapy to manage various painful conditions in dogs. Examples include bone tumors, chronic orthopedic pain, and oral tumors. The investigational drug is administered as an injection via nerve block. There is no placebo treatment. During the course of the study, dogs are permitted to continue other pain medications provided they have been administered for at least 2 weeks prior to enrollment, and are not thought to be continuously improving pain symptoms.

Trial Eligibility:
Trained veterinarians at the trial sites will evaluate each dog for eligibility.
Dogs are eligible if they meet the following inclusion criteria:

  • The dog is at least 6 months of age
  • Historical evidence of a localized severe painful condition, reported by owner, but confirmed by the study veterinarian based on a specific pain scale
  • In general, good health or stabilized for chronic conditions as assessed by physical examination, medical history and clinical pathology evaluations
  • Dog is experiencing severe locoregional pain that is refractory to standard pain management or the owner opts for pain management that is distinct from conventional treatments

Dogs are not eligible if they meet any of the following exclusion criteria:
  • Dog that is pregnant or lactating
  • Dog has clinical pathology findings considered abnormal and clinically significant that may interfere with the objectives of the study
  • Dog has a condition or requires medications that may interfere with anesthesia safety
  • Dog’s life expectancy is less than 2 months
  • Dog may be unavailable for the entire study duration or is felt to be unsuitable by the investigator for any other reason
  • Dog has acute locoregional pain due to an infection that requires treatment with antibiotics
  • Dog has evidence of a pathological fracture (cancer)
  • Dog is participating in another study

About NorthStar VETS
Located in Robbinsville, NJ, NorthStar VETS is the region’s leader in providing advanced veterinary services by board-certified, residency trained, or highly experienced veterinarians 24/7. As an American Animal Hospital-Accredited (AAHA) Referral Practice, NorthStar VETS continues to set the standard in medical excellence for dogs, cats, birds, exotics, and other family pets.

Contact: Phillip Barnes, Marketing Director, NorthStar VETS 609.223.1513