Osteoarthritis Treatment for Dogs

We are excited to be offering a breakthrough new way to treat elbow arthritis in dogs – Synovetin OA®.

Synovetin OA is a targeted therapy that treats only the affected joint and is effective for up to a year. You don’t have to give pills every day, and the active ingredients are not absorbed in the body like traditional arthritis medicines.

This is a simple, safe, non-surgical procedure that allows dogs to go home the same day in most cases, with no limitations on their activity afterwards. Synovetin OA is an easy and long-lasting way to treat your dog’s limp and offers the pain relief he or she needs to become an active, life-loving pet again.


Just one simple, non-surgical, outpatient treatment that is effective for up to a year


A one-time procedure – no more headaches and safety concerns of daily pills or chews


Unlike traditional arthritis medicines for dogs, Synovetin OA is not absorbed into the body


Just one treatment restores your dog’s active lifestyle for up to one year

Dogs can get arthritis in their joints just like people. Veterinarians refer to this condition as degenerative joint disease in dogs or canine osteoarthritis (OA). It is a very common cause of limping and lameness in dogs. In fact, roughly 25% of all adult dogs in the US have osteoarthritis.

If canine elbow osteoarthritis isn’t treated, it gets worse over time. As arthritis in dogs progresses, it causes the elbow joint bones to rub against each other. This can cause severe pain and cause your dog to limp. Because dogs don’t readily show signs of pain, a dog that is noticeably limping had steadily increasing pain that has now become severe enough for you to observe.

  • Having difficulty going up and down stairs
  • Lacking enthusiasm or lagging behind on runs and walks
  • Losing interest in leaping and jumping for favorite balls
  • Having trouble hopping in and out of your car
  • Limping and lameness
  • Vocalizing (crying or whimpering)
  • Difficulty jumping on and off furniture, struggling to get up after lying down, trouble walking on slick floors.
  • Decreasing enthusiasm that may be mistaken as “old age” but may actually be arthritis pain.

Synovetin OA® is revolutionizing the treatment of arthritis in dogs’ elbows and is a very advanced, safe form of nuclear medicine. It is dosed directly into the elbow joint, right where the pain is. There, it uses microscopic particles of therapeutic medical material. These particles are absorbed by and deactivate the cells within the joint that cause pain, inflammation, and ongoing damage to the cartilage. While the microparticles are only active for a short time, the benefits of this targeted treatment can last up to one year.

Synovetin OA® has been through numerous studies that prove the procedure is safe and has no significant treatment-related adverse effects. This same procedure has been used for more than 60 years to safely treat people with arthritis.

Video: Synovetin_OA_FINAL_UPDATED.mp4

Synovetin OA is an outpatient and simple procedure. Like most outpatient procedures, you will be able to drop your dog off and bring him or her home the same day. As for any joint injection, this treatment requires your dog to be sedated and/or anesthetized for a very short period of time.

Upon recovery from the injection, your dog will be ready to be released upon the veterinarian’s discretion. Once released, you do not need to restrain your dog. With Synovetin OA, your dog can return to whatever level of activity they are comfortable with.

The effectiveness of Synovetin OA was studied in multiple clinical trials of dogs with elbow arthritis. Researchers evaluated Synovetin OA in its ability to relieve arthritis pain in dogs, such as lameness (limping), level of activity, and signs of pain during the 12-month studies.

The majority of dogs showed significant improvement after receiving Synovetin OA compared to how well they were able to move before getting the injection. 92% of dogs with mild to moderate elbow OA improved, and 71% of dogs with more severe elbow OA improved.

After Synovetin OA was given, the dogs were less lame, in less pain, and had a greater level of activity.

In most cases, you should begin to see improvement in your dog’s mobility within a few weeks, depending on the severity of the joint being treated. Some pet parents see results almost immediately, while in other instances of severe osteoarthritis, it can be up to two months. This improvement should continue over time as Synovetin OA works inside the joint to reduce inflammation.

Video: Before After Compilation.mp4

We charge $2,400 for one elbow or $3,000 for two elbows and treatment is covered by most pet insurance plans.

Additionally, you can receive a check to use for any products and/or services at the veterinary hospital that first recommended Synovetin OA to you or referred you for treatment. Receive $250 if both of your dog’s elbows are treated with Synovetin OA or receive $100 if one elbow is treated.* (*Conditions apply – see form for details.)

If your dog needs ongoing pain relief from osteoarthritis, in most cases a single Synovetin OA treatment will be more cost effective than other treatments over the course of a year. Plus, Synovetin OA is much more convenient for you and your dog in comparison to non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS), platelet rich plasma (PRP), or STEM Cell treatments.

What Pet Owners Are Saying

A Synovetin OA Testimonial from Hopkinton Animal Hospital:

We were a little hesitant when Dr. Dutton first mentioned that Moe was a good candidate for a Synovetin injection. Moe’s mobility had declined so much, and we couldn’t envision him improving enough to make the procedure worthwhile. But after watching the before and after videos of other dogs that had received the treatment, we decided to give it a try.

We took Moe in for a consult, and Dr. Dutton and the staff at Hopkinton Animal Hospital explained how the procedure what would work and the follow-up care that would be needed. Due to the severity of Moe’s arthritis, he did experience pain in his elbow after the procedure, but Dr. Dutton and his staff went out of their way to keep Moe comfortable.

Six weeks later, Moe is a different dog. His playfulness has returned. He gets up from resting much easier. He walks up and down short flights of steps again and sometimes chooses to run in short bursts. We have our fun-loving goofball back!

See how 14-year old Biscuit is doing two weeks after his Synovetin injection and what his veterinarian mom has to say about it!

Drs. Nick and Helen DeWees share their experience using Synovetin OA® to treat their Yellow Lab.

Heather Hopkins talks about the benefits of using Synovetin OA to treat her mix breed dog Mykonos’s osteoarthritis.

What Veterinarians Are Saying