Okay, Here is my take on Pentosan. I absolutely LOVE this stuff.
It has been a miracle drug for my mare and I'm very very thankful to have found it.
My mare is 5 years old. Was kicked in a well placed area on her hock. She was completely 3 legged lame, 5/5 on the lameness scale. Not able to place any weight on her leg what-so-ever.
She developed cellulitis, the leg exploded size wise. She contracted a bacterial infection. Was on antibiotics for 6 weeks with minimal improvement. The bacteria was pushed into the joint and we ended up having to do joint flushes to clear out the bacteria. During the flush, we diluted her joint fluid is a very severe fashion.
She was still very lame but slowly improving over the 2 months we dealt with this. We've had XRays done, and basically, after the bacteria got into the joint, it ate away her a chuck of her bone. So we are dealing with osteoarthritis. Or...Arthritis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgzSxVGgA0Y
This video is after 4 days of a stall rest. The 2nd day after she placed weight on this leg again. As was able to slowly limp around. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRUVzorJ-hE
This is in October, about 6 weeks after the injury. Still limping. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-sy-Mahikg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGcEc_M5fPs
These two are in December, after approximately 5 Pentosan injections. She has come a LONG way. I'm so incredibly happy.
She still has hock swelling, is still healing. I fear she'll always have some swelling in her hock. It gets worse when it's cold and you can tell she's just a little stiff but overall, my experience has been very good.
I gave the first Pentosan injection when Rumor got her 2nd joint flush. After the first flush, a sample was taken and the joint fluid was not sticky at all. It's supposed to be a syrupy consistency...Where if you put some on your fingers and then pull your fingers apart a 1-1/2 to 2 inch "string" should be between your fingers before breaking away. Rumor had NO string. It was like touching water. 1 week later, another sample was taken, she already had a 1 inch "string" of joint fluid that had built back up. In just ONE week. Amazing.
My Pentosan schedule was one 12ml shot every week for 4 weeks. (Loading doses) And then I went to one 6ml shot every 2 weeks. So now I'm only giving Rumor 2 shots a month. And that was because of how severe her case was. I pay $19 per shot. When I looked into Adequan, it was $42 a shot. I've also read numerous studies that say Pentosan works better then Adequan.
I was going to go with Adequan until my vet found the Pentosan. For one, it's cheaper. And two, it has anti-inflammitory properties in it, which Rumor needed due to the swelling of her hock.
Just before the cold weather hit us, I could hardly tell Rumor had ANY swelling in her leg what-so-ever.
I have 2 other horses that will be put on Pentosan before show season starts in the spring. My mom's barrel horse. And my Paint mare. Although she is bred right now, and I may have to hold off because I do not know what Pentosan will do to a fetus or a lactating mare. But eventually, I'll have 3 horses on it.
I also have Back On Track Hock Wraps for Rumor. Those seem to be doing a wonderful job and they are extremely well made and holding up better then I ever expected. I'd look into some of their products too...