What the Research Shows

We conduct research because we care about our pets. They love us unconditionally, and they rely on us to protect them and make informed decisions about their health. We are committed to providing you the best science-based solution, so your pet can enjoy a happier, more active life.

Why is ORIGINAL CLINICAL research so important?

Quite simply because we need to know if a product is likely to help, or not help, our pet.

There are several dental products and literally hundreds of joint health products for pets. Strange as it may seem, the vast majority have not been tested clinically.

This is possible because federal and state regulations are there primarily to ensure the safety of supplements, and not the efficacy of those supplements.

A very common phase we often read is “Contains Clinically Proven Ingredients”. This is very misleading, as the reality, is that most combination products have not been tested clinically.

At Hope Science Vet we encourage you to learn about your pet’s health and the natural options available- Informed pet parents, make informed decisions about their pet’s health and wellness.

Research versus Marketing

The marketing of joint health products has resulted in a great deal of confusion and a lot of wasted money, as we try to help our pets. So let’s clear it up by comparing Restore™ oil research to glucosamine research.

Restore™ versus Glucosamine

Restore™ is supported by research with outstanding results. Research has been published in top medical journals such as The Journal of Rheumatology. In contrast, Glucosamine containing products in most well controlled clinical trials have have shown minimal, or no benefit compared to placebo. For example, in the very highly regarded British Medical Journal, researchers reviewed 10 trials with over 3800 patients and concluded: Compared with placebo, glucosamine, chondroitin and their combination, do not reduce joint pain or have an impact on narrowing of joint space.

http://www.bmj.com/content.341/bmj.c4675

Oral Health Impacts Overall Health

If your pet has lost of is at risk of losing teeth, then their general health may be at risk too. Science has now clearly shown that oral health impacts our general health. With 70 to 80% of adult cats and dogs at risk, oral health needs to be taken seriously.

Has Science Discovered Anything to Improve Your Pets Oral Health Naturally?

Achieving optimal oral health for pets has been a real challenge. Fortunately, recent research has shown that the oils in EFAC Periodontal have improved key aspects of gingival health.

Restore™ oils showed high success rates when used with dogs that had joint issues.

Subjective comments revealed that 75% of pet parents noted improvement in their pet’s daily quality of life. Common observations were that the animals “seemed happier”, “more energetic” and “to have better temperament”. Information obtained from questionnaires indicated that the dogs exhibited improved gait, stair climbing and affect. There was a consistent pattern among participants for improved vitality and function. In summary, the data suggests that Restore™ oils can be used to assist dogs with joint health challenges.

Please note that how research is conducted with our pets is often different than research conducted with people, simply because our pets cannot tell researchers how they feel. This is why feedback from pet parents is so valuable.

Restore™ oils used topically for pain relief and improved function in 3 published clinical trials.

These 3 clinical trials were conducted on people and again demonstrated outstanding results. The results were published in the leading peer-reviewed publications- The Journal of Rheumatology and The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

Restore™ oils are used in the form of a topical pain cream. Please note that the cream is not intended to be ingested. As such, the cream is not applicable for cats and dogs, as they often lick themselves. The primary use of the cream is for people. However, several owners and trainers use the cream with their horses. Active Again oils have been tested and they do not have steroidal properties. Therefore, the cream can safely be used with race or competition horses.

For dog and cat owners that want to take advantage of using Restore™ topically, there is a way to do so. Restore™ capsules are intended to be ingested. Therefore, you can simply open the capsules and squeeze the oily paste on to your cat or dog. Please note that this is a bit messy. Then if by chance your pet licks and consumes the oil they will potentially receive the joint health benefits as well.

The cream was researched by a very highly regarded professor. The “Outstanding Sports Scientist of the Year Award” is called the William Kraemer Award. Professor Kraemer conducted the 3 pain cream trials. This is important because with Professor Kraemer’s experience, we trust  that the trial design was extremely precise and the great results reproducible.

First Prize Awarded (out of 90 papers), Scripps Medical Conference, San Diego, CA, 2007

93 patients with knee joint health issues were provided Restore™ oils or placebo. Presumably patients with knee concerns walk slower due to stiffness and/or pain.

The results were truly outstanding. Not only was pain reduced for those given Restore™ oils, the distance these people could walk in 6 minutes was greatly improved. Very importantly the placebo group did not improve and so the results were not simply due to improved fitness levels.

The Restore™ group were able to walk more than 200 feet extra after 2 weeks, more than 300 feet extra after 4 weeks and more than 500 feet extra after 8 weeks- remarkable!

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Restore™ Improves Knee Functions in O.A. Patients, Journal of Rheumatology, 2002

This placebo controlled trial investigated whether these oils could be used to treat osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. The overall function of the knees, as well as the range of motion improved in patients that received Restore™ oils.

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Research conducted at a Canadian University showed truly great results at restoring gum health in cats.

Researchers found that the cats in which EFAC Periodontal was applied directly to their gums, saw the gum tissue return to a healthy state. Whereas the cats that received the placebo oil had little or no improvement.

Researchers also reported that the normally finicky cats, even got used to and liked the flavor of the oil after a few days. When pets like the flavor, it makes applying the oil to the gums so much easier.

Outstanding results were reported in a university conducted clinical trial after just 2 weeks. When the trial data was presented at the annual California state dental meeting, the researchers received awards.

The pocket depths surrounding teeth is a standard measurement used when assessing gingival health. The other primary parameter, is whether the gum tissue bleeds when the pocket depths are measured. Often swollen, red gums will bleed as a result of the measuring probe coming in contact with the unhealthy gum tissue, whereas healthy pink gum tissue typically does not bleed. Both pocket depth and the number of bleeding sites greatly improved, indicating vastly improved gingival health for the people being evaluated. The results of this trial reinforced the results seen in the San Diego trial.

Dramatic improvement to the health of people’s gums was reported in a clinical trial conducted at independent dental offices in San Diego.

Every dental office reported outstanding results. Most of the dentists were very surprised, as restoring gum health is traditionally very difficult to achieve.

Research conducted at Boston University showed profound benefits to gingival health when EFAC Periodontal oils were applied directly to the gums.

Research was published twice in the very highly esteemed, Journal of Periodontology. The oils were found promising in preventing bone loss, inflammatory cell infiltration, and connective tissue destruction.