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Monoclonal antibody treatment for Arthritis
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This is a brand new treatment for arthritis which has just been licensed in the UK and EU and is showing extremely positive results in some dogs. It’s called Librela and I understand that a version for cats is shortly coming out too. It’s a monthly injection which inhibits the inflammatory process in the joints. Meg will be starting treatment shortly and I will report how we get on. 
More info here: https://todaysv.....-approval/

and also a video showing how it works

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Meg, Mutt, aged around 13, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
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Ooooh how exciting! I heard about the possibilities of this treatment as far back as 2018 when we attended a vet conference, it's super cool that Meg gets to give it a go. We can't wait to find out how it works for her, keeping our paws and fingers crossed!

p.s. We will publish our interview with you very soon 😉

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So glad this is coming  to fruition and that Meg hopefully can benefit  from this new treatment.  Leave it to Meg to be on the cutting edge of this breakthrough.  Her  world famous Star status  continues  to expand .

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So the Megstar had her first Librela injection today and now I am watching and hoping. One plus, it wasn’t as expensive as I feared, at £60 (around $85 US). I’d expected around £100, (and have actually just taken on a bit more tutoring to pay for it) so given this is a monthly jab (if it works) that makes quite a substantial difference. 
BTW I think there’s some misconception about monoclonal antibody treatment, which I myself shared until I discovered more about it. The injection is tailored to each species, but not to each individual animal.  So there’s one for dogs, another for cats, another for rabbits and so on. If it had to be tailored to each individual animal then that would obviously be much more expensive. Anyway, here’s hoping...

Meg, Mutt, aged around 13, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
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Yay! Paws crossed you see some excellent results.

And this is good to know Clare:

BTW I think there’s some misconception about monoclonal antibody treatment, which I myself shared until I discovered more about it. The injection is tailored to each species, but not to each individual animal.  So there’s one for dogs, another for cats, another for rabbits and so on. 

I'm so glad she's able to try this treatment and that it's affordable too. Bonus! So there is no "loading dose" of the Librela, as there are for other OA treatments like Adequan (which from what I remember requires 2 doses a week for a month, then one monthly dose thereafter)? 

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That’s right. No loading dose. It works in a completely different way from other treatments, as I understand it. 

Meg, Mutt, aged around 13, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
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Ooooh thanks for letting me know. SO. COOL!!! This is very promising. The loading dose for Adequan is so expensive, so I hope we get to see some Tripawds using this treatment across the pond real soon. Keep us posted!

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Keeping all paws crossed for food results.  Meg does get extra treats for having  to get an injection.....or for any other reason  she comes up with....,right?

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This is awesome.  I can't wait to hear how Meg does on this.  🙂   Sending hugs and love that it helps

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Saw on facebooger Meg was having  a second treatment.  Any feedback yet, or too early to tell.  I know you also mentioned it jad been very wet and rainy recently  which was hard on her arthritis.   Pf course, Meg loves being wet, so to her ot was worth the trade off.  Silly Meg♥️

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Thanks for sharing that scoop here Sally! I look forward to the next update on Meg, hope she's feeling better.

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Thanks for checking in, Sally. Meg has now had two doses of Librela, four weeks apart. After the first dose, I didn't notice much change, but the weather was truly terrible, just endless rain and cold and damp, which aggravates her arthritis in any case. I have read that most dogs don't notice an improvement until  after the second dose, and I am delighted to say that this is clearly the case with Meg. It wasn't immediate, perhaps two or three days after that second dose, but I then quite suddenly saw a marked improvement. We'd gone to the seaside for the weekend, which always sees Meg at her most super-energetic, so I wanted to hold off until we were back in London to see if the change was sustained. It very obviously is. She is asking to get out of the buggy much more often, and going longer and longer until she needs a break. She is also swimming for much longer than she was. I am so, so pleased and so relieved to see the impact on her (the squirrels are maybe less so). Her weight has been edging up a bit recently, and we all know how crucial it is to keep that down, and it will be so much easier with her being so much more active.

Here are a couple of vids from the seaside, so you can see her moving, and a pic of my precious girl, just because...

 

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This is super awesome Clare.  Meg is looking great.  I know the problem of keeping weight down on Jasmine and she isn't a Tripawd.  (we aren't discussing me either LOL).  But I am so glad that this is helping Meg.  I sure hope it continues to do so. 

Sending hugs from across the pond.

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WOW! Just WOW! 

Ok a little more....thank you so much for sharing how she's doing. I'm so excited that this treatment has worked out so well. She looks fantastic, and much younger than her suspected age. YAY! smiley_clap 

The up close video of her digging in the sand was like being there, I enjoyed it so much. Thank you for posting that one especially.

So I guess now we cross our paws and wait for this therapy to come to the states? Hopefully SOON! 

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Oh Clare, this is such glorious news!!!!😁   And then to get the bonus of Meg's smile making videos and pictures.....even more glorious update!!!

I love the ways you have measured her improvement.  And we could see it for ourselves as she was running through the garden.   She was visibly less stiff and more fluid in some of the videos  from facebooger.

May have to send Frankie over to you for a visit  to get some of this magical concoction 😉

Thanks so much for sharing  this. 💖

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