CLOSE-UP OF LEGS AND PAWS OF A DOG WITH OSTEOARTHRITIS. ISOLATED IMAGE AGAINST WHITE BACKGROUND. Dog Health 10.10.2023

Librela: Revolutionary pain relief for dogs with osteoarthritis

Librela has changed the lives of many dogs suffering from pain since its launch in March 2021. It has become a boon especially for dogs with osteoarthritis. But what makes Librela so special and how does it work?

Background: The problem with osteoarthritis in dogs.

It's shocking to learn that nearly 30% of all dogs worldwide will suffer from osteoarthritis at some point in their lives. While the disease is not fatal for dogs, the resulting pain and limited movement can drastically reduce their quality of life. Often, the pain is so unbearable that some dogs must be euthanized.

How Librela works

Librela uses specific antibodies designed to break the pain transmission cycle in dogs and cats. It is a biopharmaceutical consisting of monoclonal antibodies that stop the pain transmission cycle in dogs.

What makes Librela different from other pain medications? It can be combined with a variety of other medications and has fewer side effects than traditional anti-inflammatories.

Arthritis und Arthrose bei Hunden Gelenkentzündung, Gelenkverschleiß bei Hunden, 3d Illustration Depositphotos / Amaviael

Frequently asked questions

  1. How much does Librela cost? Prices may vary, but in general the cost of Librela Zoetis ranges from 100 to 140 euros for 2 ml. It is advisable to contact your veterinarian for accurate pricing information.
  2. What are the side effects of using Librela? There are no known serious side effects. However, some dogs may experience side effects such as swelling or fatigue.
  3. Have there been any reports of deaths after using Librela? There have been no reports of deaths associated with the use of Librela. However, a veterinarian should always be consulted if there are any health concerns.
Canine Arthritis and Osteoarthritis Gelenkentzündung, Gelenkverschleiß bei Hunden, Hüfte und Ellenbogen markiert, 3d Illustration Depositphotos / Amaviael

Use and dosage

Before you start with Librela, there should always be a consultation with the veterinarian. The drug is administered monthly subcutaneously by the veterinarian. A dosage of 0.5 to 1 mg per kg body weight is recommended. It is important to monitor the dog's weight regularly.

Duration of action and additional information

One of the special properties of Librela is its long-term effect. After the first dose, it has a half-life of approximately 16 days. With continued use every 28 days, the drug reaches a steady state, making it continuously effective.

Possible side effects of Librela in dogs

No serious side effects have been reported since Librela was introduced. Some dogs may experience short-term swelling at the injection site or temporary fatigue.

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