osteoarthritis in pets

Osteoarthritis Care

What is Osteoarthritis Pain?

Osteoarthritis, or OA, is a type of arthritis that occurs when the tissue in your dog or cat’s joints starts to get worn down, causing bones to rub against one another. This not only makes it more difficult for your pet to get around, but OA can also cause severe pain. Without treatment, your pet’s pain can continue to get worse.

Osteoarthritis in Felines

Osteoarthritis pain can be a serious health problem for your cat. And cats hide almost everything, especially pain. You know your cat’s playful ways and what she loves better than anyone. Changes in these behaviors could be signs of osteoarthritis pain. Your veterinarian relies on you to report changes in your cat’s behavior for more accurate diagnoses. If it is found that your cat is showing signs of OA-related pain, helping your cat begins by talking to your vet.

Feline OA Pain Checklist

Learn more about the symptoms and signs of OA in your cat by following the feline osteoarthritis checklist.

Osteoarthritis in Canines

According to the American Kennel Club, Osteoarthritis is a common problem in dogs, particularly in seniors and large breeds. Although there is no cure for this progressive condition, identifying the problem early and initiating appropriate management can help keep your dog active and improve quality of life.

Canine OA Pain Checklist

Learn more about the symptoms and signs of OA in your dog by following the canine osteoarthritis checklist.

Osteoarthritis Treatment Options

  • Solensia (feline)

Edge Animal Hospital is proud to carry Solensia, the first and only FDA-Approved treatment to control OA pain in cats. While cat OA isn’t curable, the pain from OA can now be effectively managed.

Solensia helps your cat get back to moving more freely again and stops OA pain from disrupting the unique bond they share with you in a once-monthly injection.

To find out if Solensia is right for your cat, please consult your veterinarian at Edge Animal Hospital.

  • Librela (canine)

We are proud to carry Librela beginning in the fall of 2023! Librela is the first and only monthly injectable anti-nerve growth factor (NGF) monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapy for dogs with osteoarthritis (OA) pain.

Librela works differently than NSAIDs and has been proven to reduce canine OA pain and lead to increased activity to help improve quality of life.

To determine if Librela is right for your dog, please consult your veterinarian at EDGE Animal Hospital.

  • Cold Laser Therapy
  • Adequan Injections (canine)- An injectable drug approved by the FDA for managing arthritis in dogs