Our cheetah, Thabo, is 18 years old. While remaining quite healthy, she has joint issues which certainly affected her movement, especially in the cooler months. In 2017 Thabo was being treated with Meloxicam and Xanax for pain and stress, which was prior to the new management taking over the care of the animals.
Most of the large cats at KWS had been prescribed Meloxicam and other stronger pain relief under previous vet care. We are pleased that only one of the cats now receives long term pain medication and this is a significantly lower dose.
At the recommendation of Waipu Vets (2019) all the big cats have been given Antinol on a daily basis for the last 24 months. We have noticed with all of our big cats, an improvement in their mobility, coat quality and general demeanour following the commencement of Antinol.
Thabo, our resident cheetah, has been taking Antinol since we started the program. She has had significant improvement in her movement and amazingly has shown a willingness to once again play and chase when encouraged by her keepers. She is now engaging with her keepers including vocalizing. We have combined the Antinol with her pain management (Pentosan injection, low range dose). This has been very successful and we have been able to completely cut out all of the other medications she had previously been prescribed.