16 Jun Arthritis in Dogs: What to Know About Librela™ and Other Pain Medications
Arthritis is a common condition that affects older dogs, causing pain and discomfort in their joints. As a pet owner, it’s essential to be aware of the signs of arthritis in dogs and understand the available options to help manage arthritis symptoms, including various pain medications.
In this blog post, we will explain everything you need to know about arthritis in dogs, from the signs to look out for to the types of medication available. One promising medication that was recently FDA approved in 2023 for canine arthritis is Librela™. At PetWellClinic®, we offer convenient walk-in vet care to help you manage arthritis in dogs.
Do dogs suffer from arthritis?
Arthritis is not exclusive to humans—dogs can also suffer from this debilitating chronic condition. As our furry friends age, their joints can experience wear and tear, leading to the development of osteoarthritis. This is specifically a common concern for middle-aged and older dogs as well as larger dog breeds.
Outside of a dog’s size and age, there are other factors that can lead to developing arthritis, including:
- High level of activity – Extremely active dogs that experience stress or strain on their joints are more likely to have osteoarthritis.
- Previous joint injuries – Fractures, dislocations, or tears can increase the likelihood of developing arthritis later in a dog’s life.
- Poor nutrition – Proper nutrition helps support the strength and integrity of joints, which can potentially slow down the progression of arthritis.
What are the signs of arthritis in pets?
Being aware of the signs of arthritis in dogs is crucial for early intervention and effective management. Keep an eye out for the following common symptoms:
- Lameness or limping
- Difficulty getting up or lying down
- Stiffness or decreased mobility
- Reluctance to jump, run, or climb stairs
- Swelling or heat in the affected joints
- Licking or chewing at specific joints
What medication is safe to give a dog with arthritis?
Consulting with a veterinarian is vital when considering medication options for dogs with arthritis. Your team at PetWellClinic® will evaluate your dog’s health, consider their specific needs, and prescribe suitable medications.
Types of medication options include:
- Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
- Joint Health Supplements
- Injectable Medication – Librela™
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used to manage arthritis in dogs, in the same way that humans use ibuprofen or aspirin to reduce pain and inflammation. However, certain NSAIDs can have adverse effects on pets, so it’s crucial to use medications that are safe and well-tolerated for dogs.
NSAIDs that are available for dogs include:
Joint Health Supplements
Joint health supplements can also be a beneficial option for managing arthritis in dogs, alleviating discomfort and improving their overall quality of life. These supplements are formulated with key ingredients such as glucosamine, chondroitin, and omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to support joint health and reduce inflammation.
While joint supplements can alleviate discomfort, they cannot reverse the joint damage caused by arthritis. For the most effective results, it is recommended to combine these supplements with other forms of arthritis management. At PetWellClinic®, you can purchase a range of joint health supplements from Nutramax Labs.
Injectable Medication – Librela™
A new promising medication for managing arthritis pain in dogs is Librela™. Librela™ is a recently FDA approved injectable medication specifically designed to alleviate pain associated with canine osteoarthritis. Its unique mechanism of action provides sustained pain relief for extended periods, reducing the need for frequent dosing.
Librela™ will be available for purchase directly at PetWellClinic® once it is released to the general public. Like all arthritis management products, it’s essential to discuss the use of Librela™ with your veterinarian to determine the most appropriate option for your dog.
Dog Arthritis Treatment at PetWellClinic®
At PetWellClinic®, we understand the challenges that come with managing arthritis in dogs. Our experienced veterinarians are well-versed in diagnosing and treating this condition with the best arthritis medicine available for dogs.
Every dog is unique, so we are committed to providing ongoing support for your pet’s individual symptoms and overall well-being. We are here to answer any questions you may have and walk through the available options to help manage arthritis in your furry friend.
PetWellClinic® is dedicated to being here for pet owners. Our hours of operation extend into the evenings and weekends, and our clinic environment is built with your pet’s comfort in mind. Stop by with your pet any time! No appointment necessary.