Comparative Orthopedic Research Laboratory

Past Research Projects

Spinal Fusion – Evaluation and comparison of the osteogenic effects between several interferential stimulation devices intended for adjunct use to enhance surgically based spinal fusion.

Diet and Osteoarthrosis – Evaluation of the effect of a special dietary formulation on the clinical expression of osteoarthritis in dogs with chronic hip dysplasia.

New Bone Forming Products – Evaluation of the osteogenic potential of a new castor bean polymer to an autogenous cancellous bone graft in the dog.

Fracture Fixation - A study to compare the properties of stiffness and strength of fiberglass/acrylic composite bars to solid acrylic connecting bars used in Type I ESF designs in veterinary orthopedics.

Effects of New Dietary Supplements on Osteoarthrosis - Evaluation of the effects of a special dietary formulation on the clinical expression of chronic osteoarthritis in dogs.

Obesity and Osteoarthrosis  – Evaluation of the effect of obesity on the clinical expression of osteoarthritis in dogs with chronic hip dysplasia.

Treatment of Pain After Orthopedic Surgery - Several clinical studies evaluating the use of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug on the treatment of pain associated with cranial cruciate ligament surgery.

Sled Dogs – Evaluation of different harnesses to help develop and design a harness that will reduce risk of injury.

Thigh Muscle Activity – Evaluate the difference in thigh muscle activity in healthy dogs, dogs with a torn cranial cruciate ligament, and dogs with a repaired cranial cruciate ligament.

Non-Invasive Models of Lameness – Several studies evaluating a model of lameness with administration of an NSAID or Opioid drug.

Laser Therapy – A study evaluating a dog’s recovery from a tibial plateau leveling osteotomy surgery when using low level laser therapy pre and post operation.

Pharmacokinetics – Studies evaluating the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination of Tramadol and Carprofen in dogs.

Pharmacodynamics – A study evaluating how Tramadol acts on dogs, including the response, duration and response observed related to the concentration of the active drug in the dog.”