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Zydex injections safety in old cat diagnosed with osteoarthritis.

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Zydex injections safety in old cat diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Vet in Aust saw her today and said its same drug as pentosan. She used to be on meloxicam but didn't help her with pain. ***** *****
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Customer: Thanks Michael. Just wanting to know how safe is zydex injection in cats with osteoarthritis?
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Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.
According to Plumb's Veterinary Drug Handbook, 8th Ed., 2015, as a chondroprotective for osteoarthritis pentosan can be administered to cats at a dose of 3 mg/kg subcutaneously or intramuscularly once weekly for 4 weeks. This is extra-label and anecdotal information from a study by Beale, 2004. When used orally in cats, pentosan seems to be tolerated well but oral dosing twice daily can be awkward. I found this Australian site by googling: http://austinmervet.com.au/admins/cms-admin/_images/11754319214f3b4614c34d5.pdf There are no FDA-approved products in USA.Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.