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Blue Springs Animal Hospital & Pet Resort is proud to be among the first animal hospitals in the nation to offer a new treatment for canine osteoarthritis, Librela. Librela is the first and only monthly monoclonal antibody injection to control osteoarthritis (OA) pain in dogs. OA is a chronic and painful condition of the joints, and it can severely hinder your dog’s health and well-being when left untreated. 

What are some of the signs of canine osteoarthritis (OA)?

If your dog is showing any of the following signs, they may be feeling the effects of osteoarthritis. Speak to your veterinarian if you observe any of the following signs:

  • Limping 
  • Lagging behind on everyday walks 
  • Rising more slowly to stand 
  • Difficulty jumping or climbing stairs 
  • Stiffness. 

Watch our Medical Director, Dr. Stuart Ryder, talk about the common signs of canine osteoarthritis and what makes Librela the best choice for your dog’s arthritis pain. 

How does Librela work, and what makes it better than some other treatments?

Librela is different from other treatments in many ways. First, it’s a long-acting monthly injection given by your veterinarian for pain control, so you won’t have to worry about giving daily oral medications. Second, it’s a monoclonal antibody that targets a key culprit of OA pain and works in a similar way to the body’s own natural antibodies. Third, it has a much lower occurrence of side effects than some other OA medications. You can read more about how Librela works and its many benefits here

What if my dog already takes medication for OA?

Every dog responds differently to treatment for OA pain. Your dog’s OA pain management plan may be a combination of weight management, exercise, and medication. Ask your veterinarian if Librela should be a part of your dog’s pain management plan and make sure to inform them of your dog’s current medications. 

Are you ready to find out if your dog can benefit from Librela? Call us today at (816) 293-4299 to schedule an appointment about your dog’s OA pain management plan.