Solensia Information Sheet

Arthritis and Solensia 

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a condition that leads to pain and progressive degeneration of the joint. It affects many aspects of a cats life including limited mobility, painful joints and a poor quality of life. Signs can often be subtle and cats will rarely yelp, cry or vocalise the pain they are experiencing. It is important to look out for signs such as limping, difficulty going up or down stairs, struggling or hesitating when jumping.

While many cases of arthritis occur in older, overweight cats, the condition can affect cats of all sizes, ages and breeds. Many cases go undiagnosed because owners assume slowing down is a natural symptom of getting older. It is therefore important to recognise the signs of arthritis and to seek veterinary advice, so you can help to provide your cat with the pain relief they need.

Pain from arthritis can lead to reduced mobility, weight gain, changed behaviour (such as less sleep or less interacting), and therefore a decreased quality of life.

What is Solensia and how does it work?

Solensia is an innovative new therapy called a Monoclonal Antibody. It is a biological therapy that works like your cat’s own immune system. It targets and neutralises a protein that stimulates pain in patients with arthritis. Through this action, one Solensia injection alleviates pain for a full month in addition to the benefit of a positive safety profile.

What can I expect from my cats’ treatment with Solensia?

  • Increased mobility and decreased level of pain
  • Positive effect on your pet’s quality of life
  • No need for daily medication
  • Reassurance that your cat is getting lasting pain relief for a full month
  • Solensia can be used with other common therapies (e.g. vaccines, flea, tick and worming treatment, antibiotics)

How is Solensia given?

Solensia comes in an easy and convenient sub-cutaneous injection (into the scruff of the neck) and is to be administered every month by your veterinarian. This convenient mode of administration removes the need and the challenge of medicating your cat daily.

How long is Solensia given for?

If your veterinarian has prescribed Solensia, it means that your cat has been diagnosed with arthritis and is in pain. Arthritis is a life-long, painful disease which cannot be cure and will progress over time. It can however be effectively managed thanks to Solensia. It is therefore important to stay on top of your cat’s monthly injections and visit your veterinary practice in a timely manner to ensure your beloved pet gets their next injection when needed and remains comfortable.

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