As pet owners, we all want our furry friends to be happy, healthy, and comfortable. Unfortunately, just like humans, cats can experience chronic pain caused by conditions like osteoarthritis (OA). 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. This can result in severe pain that affects a cat's quality of life.
If you suspect that your cat may be experiencing OA pain, it's important to consult with us. We can help you determine the best course of action to manage your cat's pain and improve their overall well-being. Fortunately, there is a new FDA-approved treatment for cat OA pain called Solensia (frunevetmab injection).
Solensia is the first and only FDA-approved treatment designed to control cat OA pain. It's a biologic medicine, which means that it works like your cat's naturally-made antibodies to reduce pain signals. Solensia targets the root cause of your cat's OA pain, making it a more effective and targeted solution than other treatments that simply mask the symptoms.
One of the benefits of Solensia is that it's given as a once-monthly shot by a veterinarian. This means that it's a convenient and stress-free way to manage your cat's OA pain. In a clinical study, cat owners reported that Solensia not only helped control their cat's pain, but it also improved their quality of life. Study results showed better general mobility, comfort, and overall well-being of cats.
Of course, as with any medication, it's important to be aware of the potential risks and side effects associated with Solensia. Solensia should not be used in breeding cats or in pregnant or lactating queens, and it should not be administered to cats with a known allergy to frunevetmab. The most common adverse events reported in a clinical study were vomiting and injection site pain.
If you're unsure whether or not your cat may be experiencing OA pain, there are a few signs to look out for. Cats hide almost everything, especially pain, so it can be challenging to know when something is wrong. 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 things like jumping up or down, climbing up or down stairs, chasing moving objects, or running. If you notice any of these signs, it's worth discussing with one of our veterinarians.
In addition to seeking treatment for OA pain, there are other things you can do to help your cat feel more comfortable. For example, you can provide them with soft bedding to rest on and ensure that they have easy access to their food, water, and litter box. It's also important to encourage them to stay active, as this can help keep their joints healthy and reduce stiffness.
In conclusion, cat OA pain is a serious condition that can have a significant impact on your cat's health and well-being. If you suspect that your cat may be experiencing OA pain, it's important to seek veterinary care and discuss the potential benefits of Solensia. With the right treatment and care, you can help your cat get back to their "normal" and enjoy a happier, healthier life. Call us at 770-528-6363 to schedule your appointment today!
Town & Country West Veterinary Clinic
1770 Powder Springs Rd SW
Marietta, GA 30064