Drug Research

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Hillside Veterinary Clinic has started a new branch--the Research Center of Dallas--to perform clinical drug trials exclusively for animal pharmaceuticals. This medical research will generate safety and efficacy data that will allow for the developments of new medications approved for animals. Your pet can be a part of this process, and in most trials the diagnostic testing is at no cost to you (i.e. exam, lab work, radiographs, and the trial medication).

Call Cathy at 214-824-0397 Monday-Friday, 7 am - 3 pm for more information.

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Check back for updates on current trials and help us make a brighter future for our pets.


Current Trials

Osteoarthritis Study-Dog

Have a senior canine patient? Could your senior pet have arthritis?

Hillside is offering enrollment in a simple 2-month study for a supplement aimed at improving pain in patients with osteoarthrosis.

Free product. Free physical examinations and lameness scoring. $50.00 incentive upon completion

Osteoarthritis Study-Cat
  • Did you know that 90% of cats that are 12 years and older have already developed the degenerative joint disease, Osteoarthritis
  • Does your cat seem to have stiffer joints? This could be characterized by a decreased ability to jump, or an overall decrease in joint movement. These signs could be a result of Osteoarthritis in your cat.
  • Though there is no known cause for primary Osteoarthritis in cats, we do know about causes of secondary OA. Some of these include Injury, Obesity and congenital birth defects like Hip Dysplasia. If your cat has experienced any of these things, they may be at risk for Feline OA.

If you think your cat may suffer from Osteoarthritis contact us to inquire about this new study.

Pollen (Seasonal Allergies in Dogs)
Dogs two years of age or older who have seasonal allergies.
  • The dogs must weigh 11-110 pounds.
  • This will be a 112-day study with 6 potential visits and compensation in the form of clinic account credit will be provided for each visit.
  • Your pet will receive free physical examinations at scheduled study visits, lab work, and may receive free investigational product.
  • Patients will be medicated once daily by mouth.
  • Half of the dogs will receive the investigational product and half will receive a placebo.
To qualify the patient must have been seen and treated for seasonal allergies for 2 consecutive years. Patients must be on flea preventative for the duration of the study. There are restrictions on other drugs that may be used prior to or during the study.

Tiger (Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats)
Evaluating a new treatment for the management of weight loss in cats with chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • Cats may be eligible if they have CKD, have unintentionally lost weight, and are on a stable diet.
  • If your cat is enrolled, all study expenses will be covered.
  • You may receive clinic credit in exchange for your time.

 Bravo Study (Diabetes in Cats)

Calling all diabetic or potential diabetic cats to be screened for this veterinary clinical study.                

A nationwide clinical study is underway to evaluate a potential new oral drug that could provide an alternative treatment for diabetes mellitus in cats.

 About the study

Hillside Veterinary Clinic has joined veterinary investigators across the United States who are studying an investigational medication for potential use as an alternative treatment of diabetes in cats. Most cats diagnosed with this disease require daily insulin injections, but this potential new medication is given orally.


If your cat has been diagnosed with diabetes, you may consider having your pet screened for this study.  If your cat has clinical signs suspicious of diabetes (drinking excessively, urinating excessively, & weight loss despite a normal or even increased appetite), then you also may consider having your pet screened for this study.  If your cat qualifies for participation, it can receive free veterinary care for study-related expenses while participating in this study.  Additionally, you may help us investigate a potential new oral treatment for this serious condition.


Go to www.DiabetesCatStudy.com for more detailed information on the study.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact us for an appointment.


Cats must be cooperative for all procedures.

Canine Otitis Study

Ears have your dog down?

Your dog may qualify to participate in our clinical trial to receive FREE physical examinations, bloodwork, and ear medication*!

We're looking for dogs that...
...have clinical signs associated with an ear infection.
...have not had their ears cleaned withint 7 days before starting the study.
...are not pregnant or lactating.
...are not currently participating in another clinical trail or have not participated in one during the last 30 days.
...have owners able to medicate their dog's ears, record doses in a study-provided log, and attend several scheduled visits. 

*Participating dogs may receive the test drug or placebo.

Please contact Cathy at 214-824-0937 for more information, to enroll your pet for any of the upcoming studies, or to be placed on a waiting list now!