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Canine and Feline Joint Supplements

nutramaxJoint supplements are among the most common things used to help treat arthritis in dogs, and one of the few safe treatments for cats.  Using these supplements may help decrease the pain and progression of arthritis.

Nutramax is a company that has developed several joint supplement products, most common being Cosequin and their newest product, Dasuquin.  These products are available for dogs, cats and even horses.  They come in a variety of sizes that can treat any size pet. They also conveniently come in capsules, chewable tablets and soft-chew treats.  Used on a daily basis, Nutramax joint supplements have been shown (both by the company’s research and reports from many owners) to improve the symptoms of arthritis in dogs, cats and horses.

Dasuquin contains glucosamine and chondroitin – the two mainstays of joint supplementation.  In addition, Dasuquin contains avocado and soybean unsaponifiables – ingredients that augment the action of glucosamine/chondroitin in joints.  There is an optional addition as well  – MSM (methylsuflonylmethane) – a supplement that decreases pain and inflammation.

Dasuquin is also one of the few products available that can help decrease the symptoms of arthritis in cats.  Because most anti-inflammatory medications are not safe for cats if used for long periods of time (and some not at all), administering Dasuquin is one of the few things that owners and veterinarians alike can give to cats to help improve their symptoms and treat arthritis successfully.

This review was written by a veterinarian who has personally used joint supplements, including Dasuquin, on his own his own pets for several years – one a young pit bull with elbow dysplasia, the other an older Labrador with arthritis from a previous injury. Joint supplements have made a substantial improvement and delayed crippling arthritis in both pets.  Although the product may seem a little pricey, the cost is well worth the benefit

Joint supplements such as Dasuquin along with controlled exercise, weight control, proper (often prescription) diet and occasionally prescription anti-inflammatories are the mainstay of treatment for arthritis.  We cannot stop the progression of the disease, but with all of these methods, we can certainly decrease the symptoms and slow the progression, allowing our pets to live longer, happier and more pain free lives.

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