If you’re a regular reader of LFPD, you probably remember how excited I was to share information about a groundbreaking supplement called Myos Canine. The product was introduced in 2018 and has the potential to strengthen weak muscles in dogs with mobility problems. I explained how a clinical trial was being conducted, at the time, to test its effectiveness. Well, it took a little longer than expected, but the study results confirm Myos Canine supplement builds muscles in dogs. And the news couldn’t be more encouraging.
Note: I am not being compensated for this post and I have no affiliation with Myos Rens Technology. Pet owners contacted me about the product and I’ve done my own research on its benefits.
How the supplement works
Myos Canine Formula is made by Myos Rens Technology, Inc. which is a bio-nutrition company. Until last year their products were made for humans to improve muscle health. The company is best known for a supplement called Fortetropin®, which uses a natural myostatin-reducing compound that’s made from fertilized egg yolks.
In plain English, myostatin is a protein that regulates muscle growth. It keeps your muscles in check so you don’t end up looking like The Hulk.
If your body stops making myostatin, your muscles grow bigger. The active ingredient in Myos Canine lowers this myostatin producing chemical in your dog’s body so their muscles can grow stronger and thicker. It is NOT a steroid.
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The study at Kansas State University
The original idea to give Fortetropin® to canines came from pet owners who were fans of the supplement. Many were desperate to improve the mobility of their aging dogs and pups with hind end weakness. So, they shared the product with their dogs.
Soon after, Myos Rens started to receive stories about how well dogs were doing on the supplement and how their strength was improving. So, they had their researcher team develop Myos Canine which is the dog equivalent of Fortetropin.
They also put into motion a study to clinically determine whether or not the new supplement strengthened a dog’s muscles and improved their mobility.
Kenneth R. Harkin DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), Professor and Section Head, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University headed up the team of investigators.
Their objective was to see how well Fortetropin® reduced muscle atrophy in dogs that were recovering from TPLO surgery to repair the knee. TPLO is a common surgery that repairs ruptures to the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL). This is similar to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in humans.
After the surgery and for the next few weeks, the operated limb is frequently immobilized so it can heal properly. And during that time, it’s common for dogs to lose muscle mass in that limb because they aren’t using it.
100 dogs participated in the randomized, double-blind study. Half received the (Myos Canine) Fortetropin® supplement and half received a placebo made from a cheese powder protein. The two groups of dogs were each evaluated before surgery, at 8 weeks post-surgery and again at 12 weeks after surgery.
During this time, both sets of dogs were on 8 weeks of rest where they weren’t allowed to do any exercise. And then they slowly returned to doing light exercise during weeks 9-12.
Here are the key findings of the study
- Fortetropin® prevented loss of muscle mass in the dogs using the supplement. In fact, the study revealed the dogs didn’t have any change in the size of their muscles during the weeks after surgery. This was determined by measuring and comparing the circumference of their good thigh to the thigh on the leg where the TPLO surgery had been performed. This wasn’t the case for the dogs in the placebo group who did lose muscle mass.
- Dogs taking the supplement also showed a faster improvement in the percentage of body-weight they could support on the repaired limb. They returned to standing normally and bearing-weight quicker than dogs taking the placebo.
- And the results showed there was no increased levels of inflammation (C-reactive protein) in dogs taking Fortetropin. Inflammation is a complex way your dog’s body responds to products, irritants and pathogens that can cause harm.
Joseph Mannello, CEO, MYOS, said, “We believe the results of this study will be transformative for MYOS. First, we expect the study results will enable us to expand our veterinary business with a product that can change the way pet owners and veterinarians address canine muscle health. Second, the study results reinforce our plans to pursue clinical trials for human rehabilitation and recovery.”
What this means to dogs with hind end weakness
This is exciting news for dogs with mobility problems. While it isn’t a cure for progressive degenerative diseases of the spine, Myos Canine supplement builds muscles in dogs. It has the potential to keep dogs walking for a longer period of time.
The results of the study is also good news for veterinarians. It gives them a new natural approach to enhance their patient’s health. And it’s a new alternative for in-home rehabilitation for: injured dogs, dogs with arthritis, geriatric patients, pups recovering from surgery and those with early signs of paralysis. I couldn’t be happier with the results.
Dr. Harkin presented his findings at the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) / VMX Conference in Orlando, Florida in January 2019. You can hear the presentation on a digital replay by calling 877-660-6853 from the U.S. or 201-612-7415 for international callers. Use the reference ID# 13686568. The replay will be available until April 15, 2019.
If you’ve had an experience using Myos Canine, please let me know in the comment section below. And you can read what pet parents have already said about the supplement in our original story: Groundbreaking Dietary Supplement To Strengthen Weak Muscles In Dogs.