Osteoarthritis is very common in humans and animals alike, causing pain and stiffness in joints. Though there are several FDA-approved products available for humans and dogs, cats have been left behind. Some products do exist, but there are shortfalls, including the need for daily administration, adverse side effects, and lack of evidence to prove long-term efficacy. The Cat Doctor is proud to be at the forefront of researching new options for the aging feline with arthritis.
Our clinic is participating in an important FDA-regulated clinical study evaluating a medication designed especially and uniquely for cats with osteoarthritis; it’s felinized! This is a study looking at the use of immunotherapy, which has been used in human medicine for many years. But has not yet been used for cats, making this an exciting treatment option.
The first step is to find out if your cat qualifies. Any age, sex, or breed over 6 months of age is encouraged to contact us if there are signs of slowing down or discomfort at home. There is a screening process to begin, followed by 4 clinic visits over about 3 months. You must be willing to bring him/her to our clinic that often. There is no cost for you to participate. Cats will receive physical exams, X-rays to confirm the presence of arthritis, blood work, urine tests and treatment at no charge over the period of their participation in the study. The treatment is given by injection at the beginning of the study (Day 0) and twice again 4 weeks apart (Day 28 & 56). So, no fuss at home.
Effectiveness will be assessed by your observations of some activities that you will select such as the ability to jump on furniture or walk up or down stairs. We will need you to think about the daily activities that have become affected by his/her arthritis so that you can suggest specific ones to be assessed during the study.
If you or someone you know has a cat with signs of reduced mobility and would like to consider being a part of this crucial study, please contact The Cat Doctor at (414) 272-2287 at your earliest convenience. We would love to meet you and your feline friend!