A NEW, SAFE AND EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR PAINFUL ARTHRITIS IN CATS

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03/09/2021

Cats don’t tell us when they have joint pain. They hide it and simply sleep more or get more irritable or reduce their activity. We wrongly conclude that these changes are just normal aging behaviours but they’re not. They can be signs of pain.


Cats with joint pain caused by oseoarthritis become more active and less irritable when given non-steroid anti-inflammatories such as Metacam. But many older cats also have impaired kidney or liver function and can’t safely be given non-steroid anti-inflammatories for their joint pain. 
A recent remarkable and safe type of treatment is now available at the London Vet Clinic to treat joint pain in cats. We are seeing a fast and sustained improvement in three out of four cats we give a monthly injection of a ‘monoclonal antibody’ called Solensia designed specifically for cats. 
Solensia (generically called frunevetmab) neutralises NERVE GROWTH FACTOR or NGF which is a key contributor to joint pain and inflammation. Neutralising NGF reduces pain. Solensia functions very much like naturally occurring antibodies, with minimal involvement of the kidneys or liver and minimal gastrointestinal impact.

We find that watching a video of a cat in his or her own home, together with a good history taking from you is the best precursor to actually examining your cat. If on examination we conclude that the video and history evidence strongly points to age-related osteoarthritis, then rather than putting your cat through the inconvenience of x-ray confirmation we start Solensia therapy. 
We are seeing increased activity, such as a resumption of easily jumping on furniture within 10 days of the first injection. When this happens then we continue with monthly injections. After the initial consultation fee, the cost of monthly injections (including VAT) is £79.
If you feel your cat might benefit from consideration of the use of this new and exciting drug please ring us on 02077232068 for an appointment. The canine equivalent of Solensia (called Librela) has been so effective the manufacturer has asked us to stop putting any more dogs on treatment so that they can meet the continuing needs of those we have already started treating.

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