Animal Medical Clinic is now offering a new option for managing arthritis in cats. It is called Solensia and it is given as a once-a-month injection
Solensia is the first and only once-monthly monoclonal antibody therapy that controls feline osteoarthritis (OA) pain.
What is OA pain?
OA is a type of arthritis that happens when the protective tissue in the joints (cartilage) is worn down, causing bones to rub against one another. You may think OA just makes moving harder, but it can also cause severe pain. It can happen to cats at any age, not just older cats.
OA pain is chronic pain that’s always there. It may vary from day to day but it doesn’t go away and can get worse without the right treatment. Chronic pain is different from acute pain, which is pain that lasts a short time and gets better, like that from a cut, scratch, or a pulled muscle. Without treatment, arthritis pain will continue to get worse. This can affect your cat’s quality of life and the prevent the antics that make your cat, “your cat.”
Cats hide almost everything, especially pain. A good way to tell if your cat might be dealing with OA pain is to see whether or not they’re having trouble doing some of these things:
- Jumping up
- Climbing up stairs
- Chasing moving objects
- Jumping down
- Climbing down stairs
For a handy checklist to help determine if your cat has OA, go to CatOAChecklist.com.
Solensia is the first and only FDA approved treatment to control cat OA pain. It has been studied and shown to help cats get back to moving more freely again.
In one study, cat owners also reported Solensia not only helped cats control their OA pain, but it also improved their quality of life. Study results showed better general mobility, comfort, and overall well-being of cats.
As a once-monthly shot given by your vet, Solensia can keep OA pain from changing the unique bond your cat shares with you. You won’t have to chase them around the house to give them a pill. If you think your cat might benefit from Solensia, schedule an appointment and evaluation with your veterinarian to discuss it.