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Solensia: A New Treatment for Osteoarthritis in Cats

Solensia: A New Treatment for Osteoarthritis in Cats
November 18, 2022

There is exciting news for cat lovers as we move into National Cat Lovers Month! The first FDA-approved medication to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis in cats is now available. 

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition of the joints where the cartilage cushion breaks down. Over time, the bones inside the joint rub against each other, resulting in pain and decreased mobility. Sixty percent of cats over six years old and 90% of cats over the age of twelve have osteoarthritis.

How was Osteoarthritis in Cats Treated Before Solensia?

Cats are at a much higher risk than dogs for having adverse effects from long-term NSAID usage. The option before Solensia was to give the cat joint supplements that helped slow the deterioration of cartilage and prevented the condition from getting worse. This was a good long-term solution for the joint, but it didn’t address the immediate pain the cat was experiencing.

What is Solensia?

Solensia is a safe and effective treatment for osteoarthritis in cats. It is a once-a-month injection given by your veterinarian to relieve the pain associated with osteoarthritis. It will help improve your cat’s mobility, comfort, and well-being.

If you think your cat would benefit from this exciting new treatment, call us today at (630) 837-4400 to set up an appointment to explore your cat’s options.