Solensia: A Breakthrough Drug for Cats
What is Solensia?
Solensia offers breakthrough treatment specifically designed to address osteoarthritis pain in cats. This drug offers a much-needed solution for feline well-being.
The Challenge of Osteoarthritis in Cats
Osteoarthritis (OA) commonly affects aging cats, yet effective pain relief options remain limited. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) approved for long-term use in cats are scarce, and steroids, while sometimes used, come with potential long-term side effects. Solensia is here to change that. Find out more about caring for Senior and Geriatric Cats by visiting our website.
How Does Solensia Work?
Unlike traditional medications, Solensia takes a different approach. Given by injection monthly, this cat-specific monoclonal antibody aims to prevent cats from experiencing the pain of osteoarthritis rather than by directly treating it. By targeting Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), a critical component in joint pain signaling and inflammation, Solensia’s active ingredient, Frunevetmab, binds to NGF, blocking its interaction with pain receptors. The result? Reduced pain sensations and increased comfort for your feline companion.
Administration and Effectiveness
Solensia is administered once every four weeks, typically requiring two to three doses to observe the full effects. Many cat owners have reported improvements after just a single dose. The subcutaneous injection takes minutes and is typically not painful.
The Benefits of Solensia
One of the key advantages of Solensia is its minimal impact on the liver, kidneys, and gastrointestinal tract, making it a safe treatment option. In fact, 77% of cat owners have witnessed notable improvements in their cats’ pain symptoms.
Identifying the Need for Solensia in Your cat
To determine if your cat could benefit from Solensia, consult with your veterinarian and consider the following symptoms
- Difficulty jumping up, resorting to using front paws/claws for assistance.
- Challenges in jumping down from furniture, opting for alternative routes to minimize impact on their bones.
- Reduced ability to climb stairs, resulting in bunny hopping and taking breaks during the ascent or descent.
- Difficulty running, noticeable through a combination of walking and jogging.
- Decreased enthusiasm or difficulty engaging in playful activities or chasing toys.
Potential Side Effects
While generally well-tolerated, Solensia may cause temporary side effects such as nausea, vomiting, or mild pain at the injection site. It’s important to note that Solensia is suitable for cats weighing at least 5 lbs and older than 1 year. Do not administer to pregnant, breeding, or lactating cats.
Consult Your Veterinarian
Talk to your veterinarian so together you can decide if Solensia is right for your cat. Your cat’s doctor will provide personalized advice and guidance. Call our hospital at 210-695-4455 to schedule a visit. Please visit Solensia’s website to learn more.