The news in this story is so exciting that my fingers were flying on the computer to get it you as fast as possible. But my suggestion is to read it, contain your optimism, and then file it away until the end of the year. By that time, we will know if the first groundbreaking dietary supplement to strengthen weak muscles in dogs will be approved. It could be a game-changer for dogs with hind end weakness due to Degenerative Myelopathy, IVDD, strokes, arthritis and aging.
How this supplement to strengthen weak muscles in dogs works
The company behind the new supplement is Myos Rens Technology, Inc. Until recently they focused their research on products that improve muscle health and strength in humans. They are best known for a supplement called Fortetropin which, according to the company, is a safe, natural myostatin-reducing supplement.
Myostatin is a protein that is produced by the muscles to regulate muscle growth. It keeps you from getting so big that you look like The Hulk.
If your body stops making myostatin, your muscles begin to grow larger and stronger. A medical condition called Myostatin Deficiency produces this syndrome naturally. If you Google the term, you will see a variety of animals such as cows, horses and dogs with the condition. They are so muscular they can hardly move.
Fortetropin is a “bioactive compound” that produces a controlled version of myostatin deficiency. It is a clinically tested product, made from fertilized egg yolk, that improves muscle thickness and lean body mass in people. It is not a steroid.
Pet owners were the first to give the supplement to dogs
“Over the last year, Fortetropin consumers reached out to tell us about their personal experiences using our products and their observations of their dogs who consumed Fortetropin,” Joseph Mannello, CEO explained.
“We then took it a step further and tested Fortetropin products with veterinarians, who reported that older dogs engaged in more physical activity after consuming Fortetropin and resumed certain activities that were thought to have stopped because of age.
The feedback we have received from veterinarians and pet owners has been overwhelmingly positive. Given that lean muscle mass is inversely associated with mortality from all causes in humans, we believe veterinarians, as well as consumers, will appreciate the muscle-enhancing benefits of adding Fortetropin to their dog’s diet,” Mannello said.
The clinical trial for dogs
To verify the anecdotal reports, the company decided to conduct a clinical study at Kansas State University. The goal was to determine if the supplement reduced muscle atrophy and weakness in dogs that had undergone TPLO surgery to repair a torn ligament in their knee.
The results will be announced at the end of 2018, but distribution of MYOS Canine Muscle Formula is already in the works.
The company plans to distribute it through veterinary clinics and hospitals throughout the USA. The supplement will be available for dogs of all sizes and will come in a powder that can be mixed into a dog’s regular meal.
Mark your calendar
MYOS Canine has the potential to greatly improve the quality of life for dogs with hind end weakness and the beginning stages of paralysis. It could be a huge benefit to dogs that are slowing down due to arthritis, aging and neurological diseases.
So, mark your calendar for December 2018 to see if the product is released. And in the meantime, please share this information with your veterinarian so they can lookout for MYOS Canine and any new developments about the study.
What are your thoughts?
I’d love to know what you think about this product. Is it something you would give to your disabled dog?