1 in 5 dogs will have arthritis in their lifetime, whereas an estimated 12 million cats will also have a degenerative joint disease that causes pain and inflammation in the joints. Thankfully, medications are available to help relieve this pain and improve your pet’s quality of life.
This article will discuss two popular arthritis relief products for pets:
Librela and Solensia. We will also answer some commonly asked questions about these medications to help you make an informed decision for your furry friend.

Signs Your Pet Has Arthritis

Some common signs that your pet may have arthritis include:
  • Limping or favoring a leg
  • Difficulty getting up from a lying position
  • Stiffness or lameness, especially after exercise
  • Reluctance to jump, run, or climb stairs
What Age Is My Pet at Risk of Arthritis?  
Arthritis Treatments for PetsArthritis can occur at any age but is more commonly seen in older pets. Larger breed dogs are also at a higher risk due to their size and weight, putting more pressure on their joints. Cats, on the other hand, typically develop arthritis later in life.
What is Librela?
Librela is a prescription medication that is a monthly injection of anti-nerve growth factor (NGF) monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapy that helps treat osteoarthritis (OA) pain in dogs.
What is Solensia?
Solensia is another prescription medication used to relieve arthritis pain in cats. This medication is an injected monoclonal antibody therapy that is administered monthly by your veterinarian.
How Do I Know If My Pet is a Candidate for Arthritis Treatment? 
If your pet shows any of the signs mentioned earlier, it is best to consult your veterinarian. They will be able to determine if your pet has arthritis and if they are suitable for treatment. Your veterinarian will look for any underlying conditions that may affect the treatment, such as kidney or liver disease.

Frequently Asked Questions About Librela and Solensia

At The Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro, we’ve received various questions about arthritis medications: Librela and Solensia. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions and their answers:
Can Librela and Solensia be used long-term? 
Yes, both Librela and Solensia can be used for long-term management of arthritis pain in pets. However, monitoring your pet’s health and reporting any potential side effects to your veterinarian is essential. They may recommend regular blood tests to monitor your pet’s liver and kidney function.
What are the potential side effects of these arthritis medications? 
Arthritis Pain CycleAs with any medication, there is a risk of side effects. Common side effects of Solensia include vomiting, diarrhea, pain at the injection site, or itchy skin. Some possible side effects of Librela include skin irritation, vomiting, and urinary tract infection.
Are there any precautions I should take when giving these medications to my pet? 
Following your veterinarian’s instructions when administering Librela or Solensia to your pet is essential. These medications should not be given to pregnant or nursing animals, and it is important to disclose any other medications your pet is taking to avoid potential drug interactions.
Can I give my pet over-the-counter pain relievers instead of Librela or Solensia? 
No, giving your pet over-the-counter pain relievers without consulting with your veterinarian is not recommended. Certain human medications can be toxic to pets, and only your veterinarian can prescribe the appropriate medication for your pet’s specific needs.
What are the benefits of using Librela and Solensia? 
Both Librela and Solensia can provide great relief for pets suffering from arthritis pain. Some of the benefits include:
  • Reduction in pain, swelling, and stiffness
  • Improved mobility and quality of life
  • Long-lasting effects with just one dose a month
Can I give Librela or Solensia to my cat or dog? 
Librela is specifically formulated for dogs, while Solensia is only suitable for cats. It is important to always consult with your veterinarian before giving any medication to your pet, as they can determine the best treatment plan based on their age, weight, and medical history.
How long does it take for Librela or Solensia to start working? 
The onset of action for both Librela and Solensia can vary, but most pets experience relief within the first few days of starting treatment. However, it is important to note that every pet may respond differently to these medications, and it may take a few weeks to see the full benefits.
Can I Use Other Medications with Librela or Solensia? 
It is always important to consult your veterinarian before using any other medications with Librela or Solensia. These medications may interact with certain drugs and can cause adverse effects in your pet. Your veterinarian will be able to advise you on the best treatment plan for your pet and if it is safe to use alongside other medications.
How often should I give Librela or Solensia to my pet? 
Both Librela and Solensia are typically given once a month by your veterinarian.

Have Questions About Arthritis Treatment? Call Us Today!

Arthritis pain can greatly impact the quality of life for our furry friends, but with the help of medications like Librela and Solensia, we can relieve them of these painful symptoms and improve their mobility. As always, you must consult your veterinarian before starting any new medication for your pet to ensure their safety and well-being.
Hopefully, this article has answered some of the commonly asked questions about these arthritis pain treatments for pets and helped you make an informed decision for your beloved companion. So, the next time your furry friend suffers from arthritis pain, remember that effective treatments are available to help them feel better. Contact The Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro today to learn more!