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A Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine study has found that a hemp oil product for dogs manufactured by ElleVet Sciences is “efficacious for pain in dogs with osteoarthritis, chronic joint pain and geriatric pain and soreness; with dramatic beneficial effects in our more geriatric patients.” The eight-month study, the first of its kind, was placebo-controlled and double blind.

A key component of the study was to determine how the product is metabolized and how to identify dosing accuracy and frequency. The soft chews also include glucosamine and chondroitin, two naturally-derived chemicals believed to improve mobility in arthritic dogs.

According to a press release announcing the study’s results, more than 80 percent of dogs who used ElleVet Mobility soft chews saw a dramatic improvement. Vets who worked on the study called the product “a game changer that will change the face of veterinary medicine.”

Dr. Joseph Wakshlag, an associate professor and Cornell and veterinarian who led the study, wrote a letter to the veterinarian community endorsing the product, adding that, due to the “very promising initial results” the researchers will continue working with ElleVet Mobility to examine whether it can treat post-surgical and oncology pain.

The Cornell, ElleVet partnership is also conducting a study on a hemp oil product for cats known as ElleVet Feline.

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