Fabulous treatment for arthritis pain in cats and dogs
Some amazing medical breakthroughs in medication to treat the pain and inflammation of arthritis in dogs and cats have become available. Beransa® for dogs and Solensia® for cats are extremely safe medications.
These products are a monoclonal antibody that is injected under the skin. It targets a protein that stimulates pain in arthritic patients. It stays active for a month then breaks down in the body like any other protein, so it does not cause any side effects.
Signs of arthritis pain in cats include reluctance to jump or climb stairs, decreased movement and decreased interaction.
Dogs can be easier to detect arthritic pain as they are usually a bit more active. Difficulty jumping, lagging behind on walks, difficulty with stairs are subtle signs. More obvious problems are limping after exercise or after rest.
These medications have been available in England for a few years and have significantly improved pet’s quality of life. If you have a pet who is sore or stiff make an appointment to discuss these new products so we can help you improve their lives.
Can Beransa® and Solencia® be given with any other medication?
There are no known adverse interactions with medication. Some medications are likely to be helpful in addition to Beransa® and Solencia®.
- Cartrophen® injections help with the lubrication and healthy lining of the joint.
- Meloxicam® is an anti-inflammatory which decreases joint pain and inflammation. It is useful in sudden lameness but our aim is to replace long term meloxicam administration with Beransa® and Solencia® as they are less likely to have side effects.
- Antinol® is a nutritional supplement which improves joint functions.
- Neutraceuticals such as chondroitin, green lipped muscle extract and fish oils are all helpful with joint health and will be safe to continue.
- Injections are safe to give at the same time as vaccinations, tick control and worming.
What happens if the injections are helpful?
If your pet improves after an injection it will be due to the medication blocking the NGF receptor in an osteoarthritic joint. A second injection four weeks later will often have an even better effect as the inflammation in the joint is relieved over the long term.
The medication injected is eventually broken down like any other protein in the body. When injections are delayed and the medication disappears, the NGF receptors become stimulated again, joint pain and inflammation will slowly return. Injections every four weeks may be necessary to help your pet stay pain free.
What happens if the injections are not helpful?
Injections are indicated for osteoarthritic pain. If your pet does not improve there may be a different problem affecting your pet. It is often best to have two injections 4 weeks apart before gauging any response.
Is there anything harmful about long term use?
The science behind monoclonal antibodies is new but very promisingly safe. After launching in the UK in 2021 there have been very few adverse effects, (these have mainly been the occasional pain at the injection site). There has been significant positive feedback. There has been no evidence that long term use is harmful.
Do I need to see a vet each time my pet is injected?
At Pittwater Animal Hospital our highly qualified veterinary nurses can give routine injections of Beransa® and Solencia® as a regular treatment. For advice on long term management we would like your pet to be examined twice yearly. Once at vaccination and once between vaccinations.
Does long term use improve my pets joints?
Injections will not only relieve pain but will decrease the harmful effects of joint inflammation. Long term medication should be beneficial for the joints.