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Ground breaking treatment for arthritis

Updated: May 17, 2023

Yesterday was a really exciting day for me! I used a totally new pain killer for arthritis for the first time at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists where I run a pain management clinic.



Librela (bedinvetmab) is a monoclonal antibody which targets nerve growth factor (NGF). In arthritis, NGF acts to sensitise nociceptors, leading to both peripheral and central sensitisation. The role of NGF is reviewed here in this free to access paper and also explained in our webinar.


Before I go any further, the intended audience for Zero Pain Philosophy is veterinary professionals. As vets we are not allowed to advertise any particular product directly to pet owners. If you are a pet owner, please speak to your vet about arthritis in your dog. If you would like a referral to my pain clinic then please ask your vet. I would be happy to see you!


The intention with Librela is that it replaces the need for NSAIDs in dogs. Now clearly a number of dogs respond very well to NSAIDs and these drugs are effective for mild to moderate OA. When do you add something else in? There's more information on this topic here. But some dogs respond adversely to NSAIDs. These cases should be perfect for Librela. Right now there is very little data on this and our experience over the coming months will help to form opinion on this. Encouragingly, there were minimal adverse effects in the clinical and field trials, giving us confidence in the product.


In clinical trials Librela was proven to be effective in a range of arthritis severity and could very well replace NSAIDs as a first line option. Pain was assessed using the Canine Brief Pain Inventory - which scores pain severity score and pain interference score - and also asks owner to rate their dog's quality of life. If you are not already using pain scoring for your arthritis cases then I would encourage you to do so. It certainly helps me to objectify outcomes in case management. You can read more about pain scoring here.


Librela is a monthly injection which makes life easy to say the least! No more forgetting to give the tablets or trying to work out who gave the last dose! Administration is subcutaneous with a volume of 1ml. Various product concentrations exist to suit a range of dogs from 5kg upwards. (The 5mg dose can be used at 0.1ml/kg for <5kg). The license covers dogs > 12 months of age.


Over the coming months I am keen to gain experience with clinical use of Librela and will keep you posted. It's a huge step forwards for OA management in dogs.


For an explanation of the role of NGF in pain and a review of the literature, please watch our webinar.


This post was written by Matt Gurney.


Matt sees referrals in the pain clinic at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists. You can also receive telemedicine advice from us here if you have a pain case where you need a helping hand.


Matt & Carl established Zero Pain Philosophy to provide educational resources & telemedicine to veterinary professionals enabling optimal management of pain.


Matt Gurney is an RCVS & European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia & Analgesia and works at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists. Matt is President of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia & Analgesia.

Carl Bradbrook is an RCVS & European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia & Analgesia and is President of the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists. Carl works at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists.

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Carmen Sarnecki
Carmen Sarnecki
Jan 06

Librela harmed my dog. I was not advised the risks. All the same side effects other owners are reporting. Often paralysis and even death. I hope this is investigated as 90 days later hes improving but its still a nightmare. Im not the only one. Zoetis paid for further testing and even giving payouts for deaths. Be aware.

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Paul
Paul
Dec 11, 2023

The prospect of a groundbreaking treatment for arthritis is incredibly promising news for the millions of people who suffer from this debilitating condition. Such advancements in medical science give hope to those looking for effective relief from arthritis symptoms. Integrating an online pharmacy service alongside this innovative treatment could significantly improve accessibility for arthritis patients, allowing them to easily acquire prescribed medications and manage their condition with convenience and efficiency. It's a positive step towards enhancing the overall quality of life for individuals battling arthritis, making their journey towards relief and better health more attainable.

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Paul
Paul
Dec 11, 2023

hi

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Laurie
Laurie
Nov 15, 2023

Milo, our small schnoodle has been on librella for probably close to a year. It was a miracle to see his immediate (same day) response. At least it felt that way for the first 9 months or so. Recently Milo is showing signs of pain and poor mobility close to the time for his next injection. What is more worrying to me is the fact that he suddenly seems to have little resistance to skin issues. I read in the US FDA that Librella may have a side effect of bacterial infections. Now, he has never shown allergic reaction to anything in his life. Ever. He's 13. Now the vet has put him on antibiotics, a special shampoo…

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Carmen Sarnecki
Carmen Sarnecki
Jan 06
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My dog had severe skin inflammation and hair follicle death from librela. On top of a whole host of other symptoms. Its actually not very rare if you find the Librela FB groups. Posts everyday multiple times a day. My dog is 90 off the med and slowly improving every single symptom. Do your own research. I wish i could post a photo. Its terrible the areas that were affected.

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Dulcie Ogilvie
Dulcie Ogilvie
Oct 22, 2023

My geriatric JRx Yorkie is in his second month of Librela……..he is acting like a puppy again!! At 17 and a half….this has been an amazing game changer for him. I wonder if it will last????

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