Ask Dr. B

The future of pain control for canine osteoarthritis is here!


Introducing Librela!

I am so excited to announce a new option for treating canine arthritis pain that is safe and effective! Librela is a new class of medication called a monoclonal antibody that is given as a once monthly injection. This therapy inhibits canine nerve growth factor (NGF) which is a key player in osteoarthritis (OA) pain.

Did you know that studies have shown that 40% of all dogs suffer from arthritis pain? 40% of ALL dogs of ALL ages! Dogs are very stoic and hide pain incredibly well, so OA is often under-diagnosed. If you want to better understand if your dog is in pain, check out this checklist and consider sharing any findings with your pet’s veterinarian. If you want to try out the pain survey used in the clinical trials, you can find that here.

This therapy is processed and eliminated just like your dog’s naturally occurring antibodies, meaning the liver and kidneys are minimally involved. This is different from our traditional pain control methods (i.e. NSAIDs), which can be harmful to the kidneys and liver. The most common adverse events reported in the clinical study were urinary tract infections, bacterial skin infections, and dermatitis (inflammation of the skin).

In 2 clinical studies, performed in the US and the EU with a total of 559 dogs, Librela was shown effective in reducing canine OA pain, which can lead to an overall improvement in quality of life. Maximizing your pet’s quantity and QUALITY of life is our main goal here at SagePet.

Effectiveness of this therapy might not be shown until the second injection, but some dogs experienced relief in as little as seven days!

Dr. B is has specialized training in advanced pain management and focuses her care on senior pets. Please reach out today for an in-home evaluation of your dogs level of comfort. We’d love to help your pet life their best life!

– Dr. B

PS: For all you cat lovers out there, there is an equivalent product for cats called Solensia. We carry this product at SagePet and have seen great success in improved mobility for our senior feline friends!