Ben is a seven year old Burmese cat who was brought to Fitzroy Veterinary Surgery because his owner noticed he was struggling to jump up onto the bed. On examination Ben expressed pain when our veterinarian palpated (felt) his hips and joints.
Our veterinarian suggested starting a course of Pentosan injections which is an anti-inflammatory and stimulant of cartilage synthesis. It aims to stimulate joint healing and repair and reverse the effects of osteoarthritis. Ben needed an initial course of 4 injections, one week a part and then booster injections every 4 to 6 weeks. After the second injection Ben retrieved his mouse and wanted to play which he hasn't done for a long time! His owner was so happy to see he had returned to his old kitten behaviour.