Understanding Librela and Dog Arthritis

By Dr. Yuri Yoon

As pet owners, we always strive to ensure our furry friends lead happy, healthy, and comfortable lives. One common issue that many dogs face, especially as they age, is arthritis. This painful condition can significantly impact their quality of life, making it essential to find effective pain management solutions. At Valley Veterinary Services, we are dedicated to providing the best care for your pets, and today we want to highlight a breakthrough treatment for canine arthritis: Librela.

What is Arthritis in Dogs?

Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease that causes inflammation, pain, and stiffness in the joints. It is most common in older dogs, but it can also affect younger dogs due to genetics, injury, or other factors. Symptoms to watch out for include:

  • Difficulty getting up or lying down
  • Limping or lameness
  • Decreased activity or reluctance to play
  • Stiffness, especially after rest
  • Behavioural changes, such as irritability or aggression

Introducing Librela: A New Hope for Canine Arthritis

Librela is a revolutionary monthly injectable therapy that uses a monoclonal antibody (bedinetmab) to target and neutralize nerve growth factor (NGF), a key player in the pain pathway. By inhibiting NGF, Librela effectively reduces pain, offering long-lasting relief for dogs suffering from osteoarthritis.

Benefits of Librela

  1. Effective Pain Relief: Librela has been shown to provide significant pain relief, helping dogs regain mobility and improve their quality of life. 
  2. Once-a-Month Injection: Unlike daily medications, Librela is administered as a simple monthly injection, making it convenient for both pets and owners. 
  3. Non-Steroidal: Librela is not a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which means it doesn't carry the same risk of side effects associated with long-term NSAID use. 
  4. Improved Mobility and Activity: Many dogs treated with Librela show marked improvements in their ability to move, play, and engage in their daily activities.

Why Choose Valley Veterinary Services?

At Valley Veterinary Services, we are committed to staying at the forefront of veterinary medicine to provide your pets with the best possible care. Our skilled veterinarians and experienced team understand the challenges that come with managing arthritis in dogs, and we are here to support you every step of the way.

Our clinic offers comprehensive arthritis management plans tailored to your dog's specific needs. Alongside Librela, we may recommend additional treatments such as physical therapy, therapeutic laser treatment, weight management, and dietary supplements to enhance your pet's overall well-being.

Book a Consultation Today!

If you notice any signs of arthritis in your dog or want to learn more about how Librela can help, don't hesitate to contact us. Book a consultation with one of our veterinarians at Valley Veterinary Services and take the first step towards improving your dog's quality of life.

Contact Us

Valley Veterinary Services

#2-45735 Thomas Rd, Chilliwack, BC V2R 3N3
tel: 604-858-6560
email: reception@valleyvetservices.com

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