What is Cosequin?
Cosequin is a natural product made primarily glucosamine and chondroitin. It can be used for arthritis in dogs, cats, birds, and horses. You or someone you know may even be taking glucosamine and chondroitin for arthritis.
Cosequin can slow the arthritic process and even help heal the joint. It should be given to your pet for four to six weeks before deciding if the product helps. Some results can be dramatic, others are hard to see. If your pet does not respond in six weeks, talk to your veterinarian about other possible causes of lameness in your pet.
Cosequin is initially given daily, and then the dose is lowered, either in amount, or can be given every other day. See your veterinarian if you have any more questions.
Cosequin is made by Nutramax laboratories. There are many generic forms of it available, but Nutramax’s Cosequin has the most reliable dosing.
Below are FAQ's from the maker of cosequin Nurtramax website.
If I give my dog a food that contains glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, do I still need to give Cosequin?
Yes. None of the foods contain the researched combination of high quality ingredients in Cosequin. The amount of glucosamine and chondroitin in dog food is minimal. Even if these diets contained high quality glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, according to the amounts listed on the labels, a large-breed dog would need to consume more than a full 5 pound bag daily to obtain the amounts found in CosequinDS. In addition, both glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate may break down when subjected to the heat or extreme pressure in the manufacturing process of commercial dog food.
Can I give a supplement labeled for human use to my dog?
Many of the human glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate supplements use substandard ingredients, and studies have shown that many do not even meet their own label claim for the ingredients listed on the bottle. With Cosequin each capsule or convenient tasty chewable tablet contains exactly what is stated on the label. These trademarked ingredients have been shown to be safe and effective in pets.
When should I start giving my dog Cosequin?
Early action is always the best advice. Different breeds of dogs age at varied rates. With regular check-ups your veterinarian can talk with you about your dog's aging process. Your veterinarian may discuss weight control, exercise and the administration of Cosequin.
Whenever you notice limping, stiffness, or a change in gait, it is important to have your dog examined by your veterinarian. Your veterinarian can advise you if Cosequin can help. Joints generally get worse with time. When your veterinarian recommends Cosequin, the sooner it is started, the more opportunity your dog will have to respond.
Your veterinarian may also suggest using Cosequin as a protective measure. This can be important for maintaining an active life for many dogs, especially large breeds and working dogs of all sizes. Cosequin may also be used to help support cartilage following joint surgery.
Where can I buy Cosequin?
Cosequin is available from your veterinarian. While Cosequin is not a drug and there is no need for a prescription, only a veterinarian can examine your dog and advise you of his health.
Your veterinarian can call Nutramax Laboratories, Inc. at 1-800-925-5187 for information about ordering Cosequin.
How long does Cosequin take to work?
Since Cosequin is a supplement and provides nutrients to maintain your dog's joint health, it works more gradually than drugs. Improvement on Cosequin can range from gradual to dramatic. Following the administration schedule on the label for your dog's weight, we recommend an initial administration period of four to six weeks. Some dogs may show a response in a shorter period of time.
Following the initial administration period, the amount of Cosequin can be gradually reduced to an economical maintenance schedule. Many large dogs are able to maintain on one to two capsules/tablets per day. (Please follow label recommendations.)
Are there any side effects?
Cosequin offers unparalleled safety. Safety studies demonstrated no adverse effects of Cosequin administration on bloodwork parameters, including complete blood count, biochemical, and clotting values. Some dogs may experience a mild gastrointestinal upset such as that which occurs when switching foods. If this is the case, you can try offering Cosequin with a meal.
My veterinarian recommended Cosequin for one of my dogs.Should I give Cosequin to all of my dogs?
Research in dogs administered Cosequin has shown that if Cosequin is given prior to an injury, the animal returns to normal function much more quickly. In light of this research, many veterinarians now recommend Cosequin to protect cartilage in dogs that are overweight, working breeds, large breeds, as well as the average "weekend warrior." In order to gain the protective benefits of Cosequin in normal animals, a low level of Cosequin may be used. The level for these dogs varies, but the suggested label maintenance level given every other day may be adequate. Should I exercise my dog while it is on Cosequin?
Exercise is important for optimal joint function as well as weight control and the overall health of your pet. Joint movement is needed to circulate fluid around the cartilage as well as to bring nutrients and to remove waste products. It has been shown that when joints are immobilized, cartilage structures deteriorate at a rapid rate. You should ask your veterinarian, but in most cases, moderate exercise is recommended. Walking on sand or another soft surface or even swimming will help circulate needed nutrients and reduce excessive stress to the cartilage. It is important not to push your pet but to exercise at a comfortable pace.
My veterinarian just started my pet on Cosequin. What should I notice?
Observe your dog closely, and notice whether he seems more comfortable performing everyday activities such as climbing up stairs, going for walks, or even getting up. Most people will observe gradual changes in their dog's comfort level. In a published survey of over 3,000 veterinarians, over 80% of dogs administered Cosequin improved significantly in their mobility, level of comfort, and attitude. Overall, the veterinarians rated Cosequin as good to excellent.
Why is my dog on a pain medication and Cosequin?
Dogs that are just beginning to show joint discomfort often described as "slowing down" or "getting old" usually respond to Cosequin without any need for other products. In some cases where dogs are in greater discomfort, your veterinarian may recommend pain medication. In many cases, your veterinarian may reduce or discontinue the pain medication over time as Cosequin takes effect. Research indicates that Cosequin's ingredients can protect cartilage cells from some of the adverse effects that can occur with some pain medications.
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