It’s common for pet parents with aging dogs to have concerns about mobility – especially when their dog has trouble getting up or laying down, walking up stairs, or limping. These may be signs of chronic osteoarthritis (OA), but the good news is -we have a new treatment to help.
A new medicine, called Librela, is now available to help alleviate symptoms of chronic OA pain in dogs.
What is Osteoarthritis?
OA is a degenerative joint disease that is very common, causing challenges with movements and chronic pain. While OA is more prevalent in aging dogs, studies say up to 40% of dogs show signs of OA – as the disease affects dogs of all breeds, age and size.
What is Librela?
Librela is a once-monthly injection that provides long-term control of OA pain symptoms. And has been shown to improve a dog’s mobility, their mood, and overall quality of life.
Librela is a monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatment that works differently from NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) by targeting and reducing the effects of NGF (nerve growth factor), a key factor in canine OA pain. Instead of daily pain relievers that can be forgotten or easily overlooked, Librela is a steady and enduring alternative designed to consistently relieve your dog’s chronic pain.
To learn more about what Librela is and how it works, you can visit: https://www.zoetisus.com/products/dogs/librela
Is Librela Safe For My Dog?
YES! Librela is FDA-approved to be safe and effective, having been successfully used by veterinarians in Europe since 2021 with over 4.6 million doses distributed.
Studies have shown that Librela is effective in managing pain in dogs with OA with few reported side effects. While effectiveness may not be seen until after the second dose of Librela, some dogs may experience a reduction in pain as early as 7 days after the first dose. It is also safe to use in conjunction with other common arthritis pain relievers and supplements. As with any medication, there are potential risks and side effects that should be discussed with your veterinarian before starting treatment.
If you recognize any of these common symptoms of osteoarthritis pain, let your veterinarian know and have a conversation to see if Librela is an option.
- Limping after exercise
- Lagging behind on walks
- Slow to rise
- Acting lethargic
- Reluctance to be touched
- Bathroom accidents inside
- Difficulty standing or jumping
- Hesitancy to take stairs
- Unexpected aggression
Ask ReadiVet About Librela
Our ReadiVet care teams across Atlanta, Collin County, Dallas, and Nashville have this treatment in stock and can easily administer Librela to your dog in the comfort of your home, just like we do with all your pet’s care needs.
We know how stressful it can be to see your pup in pain from arthritis. Our veterinarians are well-versed in diagnosing, answering questions and walking through every available option to ensure the best treatment possible for your best furiend.
P.S. Is your cat showing signs of osteoarthritis?
Ask your veterinarian about Solensia (frunevetmab injection), the monthly, FDA-approved equivalent to Librela for the control of feline osteoarthritis pain.