December 4, 2023

Medical Issues

New Treatment for Osteoarthritis in Dogs

by Countrycare Veterinary Professional

Does your dog limp after exercise? Do they feel stiff in the morning? Maybe they are hesitating before jumping into the car or having difficulty going up the stairs. These could all be signs of osteoarthritis pain.

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a painful, chronic condition that causes your dog to hurt all the time. OA happens when the protective tissue in the joint is worn down causing the bones to rub against one another. The signs can be subtle and often seen as normal aging changes. OA can impact how your dog moves making it difficult for them to do the things they love to do. Dogs of all breeds, ages, and sizes can have OA pain and it can affect their quality of life.

Does my dog have osteoarthritis?

If you think your dog is slowing down, here are a few things you can do before your next appointment:

Pay attention to your dog’s physical and emotional behaviors.

  • Do they have trouble playing, jumping, or climbing stairs?
  • Do they struggle to sleep at night?
  • Do they seem crabby toward other members of the family?

Take a video or write notes about your dog’s activity to share with your veterinarian.

  • When did you first notice changes?
  • What is the most difficult thing for your pet to do in their daily routine?

How can we manage my dog’s osteoarthritis?

There is a new product that can help your dog get more “Days of Play”. Librela provides long-term control for osteoarthritis pain. Librela works to decrease pain signals and inflammation, thus making it easier for your dog to move and feel better. It is an injection your veterinarian gives once a month. This means less struggle if your dog doesn’t like taking their medication or you find it difficult to remember to give it every day.

If your pet has liver or kidney disease, Librela may be the perfect choice to manage their OA pain. Librela works differently from other anti-inflammatory pain medications without the potential side effects of liver and kidney stress.

Benefits of Librela

We are so excited to offer Librela to our patients because it:

  1. Improves the quality of life for dogs with OA
  2. Improves patient mobility
  3. Effectively reduces OA pain
  4. Has few side effects
  5. Reduces inflammation
  6. Starts to work fast
  7. Is long acting
  8. Provides an innovative solution to manage OA

Please contact us to see if Librela is the best option for your pet!

Becky, countrycare animal complexBecky is the Patient Care Coordinator at Countrycare Animal Complex and has been serving pets and their people here for over 18 years. As a Certified Fear Free Veterinary Professional, she educates our staff on making our patients as comfortable as possible while they are here. Becky practices what she preaches with her 17 pets (not including fish) at home.